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Backstory

Hello, I’m Donna Carpenter. I’m an engineer, an Augsburg and tUMD alumna, and a St. Paul resident. I’m not very nice.

I started writing Runnin’ With the Dogs in September 2004, inspired by my love of Bulldog hockey and my friend Anne Ursu’s Twins blog, Bat-Girl. She graduated to writing books. I’m still here.

Someone once correlated the decline of the Bulldogs following their Frozen Four run in 2004 with the founding of RWD. It’s buried in the comments somewhere. I wonder if that person watched the National Championship game in 2011 and thought “Gosh, I was wrong about RWD.”

Someone also once commented that I don’t sugar-coat anything. Untrue. I sugar-coat everything. Things you will not see here on RWD include: breaking news or “dirt” on the team or the players, overt criticism of Bulldog hockey players, unbiased assessments of opponents, in-depth analysis of hockey plays and swear words.

What you will see at RWD is: stream-of-consciousness postgame rants, Simpsons gifs, words you have to look up in the dictionary (including “it” and “the” if you went to St. Cloud), social commentary, obscure references I think make me look cool, non sequiturs about my family, and scathing opinions on your favorite team/band/movie/anything.

You can DM me @runwiththedogs if there’s some reason you need to get ahold of me privately. Sending unsolicited pix of your junk is not a valid reason.

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