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The Schulz family are pretty much the most genetically blessed in all of the land (that’s not to say they don’t work hard, because they do – In every aspect of their lives)! Even their dogs are cute as sh*t!  Here are two of the ‘Fab 5’, just hanging out at CrossFit Babes Miami, pulling trucks and being generally awesome… SportsMed sponsored WOD Dogs feature athlete and dog – Clay and Rhino:

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The WOD Dogs of our CrossFit Regionals (Australia) Athletes thought they would send some personal messages of love and good luck to their amazingly talented, athlete humans… And while I am on the topic, I would like to thank each of you for being a part of this project. You are all an inspiration, show true grace and talent in your sport (and personally) and regardless of where you place, you are all number one in my eyes!

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WOD Dogs isn’t all about the balls to the wall, blood, sweat and hand tears of CrossFit. It is about all athletes of all disciplines and their dogs. Something that I lack and many others do, is balance. If it isn’t making me want to puke, I don’t want to participate… But as I age and the niggles become show stopping injuries or mobility impacting scar tissue, I am soon realising that I should have been doing my ‘Downward Dogs’ when I was really drowning myself in Cortisol and priming myself for mass inflammation! Someone who is working to improve the health and wellbeing of as many peeps as she can, all over the world, is Jamie Louise Stevenson… Owner and Head Chef of Orawgi (vegan, raw, whole-food cafe), and Chief Yogi of Turf Studios (if you haven’t been to either, you need to give yourself a left hook, as Orawgi is one big, healthy, #mouthparty and Turf Studios is one of the funkiest yoga centres in the WORLD… Okay, maybe I am bias and maybe I’ve only ever visited 2 yoga studios in my time, but Turf does rock!!!) – collocated on Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba. As soon as I met this inspirational woman, it was clear that Jamie was on a mission to make everyone she encountered happier and healthier, and that includes her dog, Roxy. There is a special bond between these two, and very few minutes in the day that they are apart… I hope I captured ‘the love’ in the below sneak peek… All in support of RSPCA Qld!

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The SportsMed sponsored WOD Dogs road trip took us to a very cool little box owned by Sion Cousins and his partner, Natasha KazmierczakCrossFit Bodhi. On arrival, we thought we had ventured into a zoo when Sash, the Lab x Panther, stealthily made her way over to us, blending into the black rubber flooring… She was one of the most majestic looking dogs I have ever seen, and from the photos below, I think you’ll agree! Sion, Tash and Sashs’ story is a special one, and without giving too much away, here is some of what Tash had to tell me about their unity…

“We came across Sasha after Sion started following Big Dog Rescue. One of our friends had rescued a gorgeous dog from there a while back. Sion saw her photo and shared on Facebook to get people interested in adopting her. The share was almost successful with a few friends of ours interested, plus our families who also contemplated taking her too. But the more and more we shared, they just never turned out. So one day we decided that we want to meet her ourselves. When she got out of the car, we fell in love! She was this gentle giant who just didn’t have a care in the world and was so loving!”

And, the rest is history… Sash’ hasn’t left Sion and Tashs’ sides from that moment. Here is a sneak peek at some of the images we caught at CrossFit Bodhi!

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If there was one athlete / dog duo I was excited about shooting on the SportsMed sponsored WOD Dogs road trip, it was World CrossFit Masters Champ (and newly contracted athlete in the National Pro Fitness League!) – Amanda Allen, and her Irish Wolfhound X Kelpie – Pepper. It’s well publicised how much Amanda loves Pep’ (and vice versa), so I was keen to watch the dynamics between this pair and see for myself just how beautiful they are together… And, I wasn’t disappointed!  When Pepper found Amanda, he certainly fell with his bum in the butter!!! In a way, these guys were like therapy to me, proving that there are extraordinary dog owners who would die for their mate if they had to. Their love for one another is like what you see in movies or read in a book… And you can read about it in my book – WOD Dogs, supporting RSPCA Qld in their fight against animal cruelty.

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