Meet Marley, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

This Goldendoodle is quite the goofball.

This week’s adoptable running dog, Marley, will always keep you on your toes — whether you’re running together or just hanging out at home. Though sweet and oh-so fluffy, this guy will definitely zig when you thought he was going to zag and could use some work all around. Our point: He deserves to learn how to be the best Marley yet, and he needs a mom or dad (or both!) who is willing to help him get there. Learn more about Marley the Great below.

Name: Marley

Age: 4 to 6 years old

Breed: Goldendoodle

Size: 55 pounds

Background: Marley’s owner didn’t have enough time to spend with him.

Running style: Marley is a big, strong, goofy runner. He likes to take detours, cut in front of you, and run into your legs. You’ll need to stay on your toes (or you may end up on your butt)!

Why Marley could be the right dog for you: Are you kind, loving, dog-experienced, patient, and willing to work with a trainer to help Marley overcome some behavioral issues? He is a sweet pup with a beautiful, soft blond coat (he’s had a haircut since the pic above). He lived most of his early life outdoors, without much socialization. He needs obedience training to help him become the great pet we know he can be.

Marley gets very excited when someone knocks on the door or rings the bell, so learning about how to greet visitors will be important. He also has a history of guarding toys and high-value food. He is an exceptionally skilled snack thief and likes to take (and keep) your food for himself! Marley should not live with children but may be able to live with other dogs. Supervised interaction (away from food and toys) is a must. While he doesn’t seem aggressive with cats, he most likely would want to chase them.

You can find out more about Marley (and other adoptable animals) here. If you are interested in adopting him, you can email PAWS at, call them at 215-298-9680, ext. 16 or fill out an application here. His animal ID is A35097130. 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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