LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Back in January a remarkable hound dog ran right into our hearts after she completed a half marathon!
That’s a whopping 13.1 miles with paws to the pavement.
Ludivine is a hound whose face has landed on the cover of magazines, and been featured all over the small screen.
"It is certainly a blessing that came to us during a time that we needed it," said Ludivine’s owner, April Hamlin.
The lovable 2 1/2 year old Ludivine was adopted from a local jail.
Just six months ago she snuck away from home, wandered to the start line of the Elkmont Half Marathon, and finished in 7th place.
Today, she has her own Twitter feed and Facebook account.
She's busy making appearances and receiving prestigious awards.
"Limestone County Commission proclaimed her the first dog of Limestone County,” said Hamlin. “So we had a ceremony. She has her own medal that says she is the first dog of Limestone County."
And a company even donated an invisible fence to help keep her home on a five acre property.
What's possible the most amazing part, is the people this pooch has made a difference to. She has inspired others to do what they didn't think was possible.
"She had some kind of cyst in her lungs,” shared Hamlin about a girl who was touched by Ludivine's story. “And she was actually in the hospital during the time Ludivine went viral. She has since then run a half marathon and sent us her runner bib. She ran the whole race in honor of Lu and it says 'run free' on it."
The runner sent Ludivine a collar and a 13.1 medal that she wears proudly around her neck.
There's no finish line in sight for Ludivine when it comes to inspiring others. She continues to amaze us all.
"It just kind of came to us,” shared Hamlin. “We didn't deserve it but we enjoyed it!"
The Elkmont Half has been renamed the Hound Dog Half in honor of Ludivine.
Hamlin says they have helped raise thousands of dollars for the Elkmont track team!