Meet Meatball, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Look. At. That. Smile.

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Meatball | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

As you might’ve already guessed, Meatball is not the leanest nor the swiftest of running partners, but she is still a solid buddy for hitting the Schuylkill River Trail on your shakeout runs: she keeps a steady (though slower) pace. Bonus points: The girl has a GREAT smile. Learn more about this sweet gal below.

Name: Maggie Moo Meatball

Age: 4 to 6 years

Breed: American Staffordshire/Hippopotamus mix

Size: 52 pounds

Background: Meatball was found as a stray

Running style: Not all runners are sleek, willowy cheetahs. Some are more substantial. Meatball is a surprisingly good running partner. She’s not going to set any speed records, but she hangs with you at a reasonable pace. Every time you think she’s tuckered, she finds a little more gas in the tank. New running buddies should take her size and breathing into account, especially in hot weather. She’ll keep you company on your tapering or shakeout runs.

Meatball out on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

Meatball out on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

Why Meatball could be the right dog for you: Meatball is a sweet mush of a lady, and she provides her own soundtrack. She makes some of the cutest noises, whether out for a jog or letting you know it’s time for one. And who can resist that face? She sounds like a water buffalo and looks like a hippo. She’s a former momma who is looking for a comfy couch where she can relax. Meatball may be a little too hefty to live with small children, but she likes non-pushy small to mid-sized dogs.

You can find out more about Meatball (and other adoptable animals) here. If you are interested in adopting her, you can email PAWS at, call them at 215-298-9680, ext. 16 or fill out an application here. Her animal ID is A34919489. And for more awww-worthy photos, check out our previous adoptable running dogs here.


We work with The Monster Milers each and every week to profile local running dogs waiting to be adopted. The Monster Milers are a group of runners who help shelter dogs burn off  energy and get much-needed exercise by taking them on runs around the city, and they also just launched their first-of-it’s-kind Adopt a Running Buddy foster program. If you’re not in the market for a pup right now, but would still love to help out homeless dogs, you can always become a Monster Miler volunteer or foster parent. Find out more about how to get started with those processes here.

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