Willow in the Sand

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Name: Willow

Breed: Harlequin Great Dane

Age: 2 ½ years old


Willow came to owner Paul Watson about 2 years ago. Paul had been working with an Australian rugby team when he went up to Newcastle to visit a breeder and pick out Willow.

Willow often joins Paul, his fellow athletes, and their dogs on runs through the sand dunes outside Sydney, Australia.  It’s there that Willow’s relentless jumping on and mouthing Paul, and tugging on the lead gets out of hand.


Paul Watson is a highly respected strength and conditioning coach.  He has looked after his Sand Hills running club for nearly 20 years now and continues to provide opportunities for dog owners to bond with their pets through strenuous, but fun, exercise.

He has worked with Australian rugby teams for 13 years and even spent a year in India training cricket players.  He also runs an innovative training company called Jock Athletic.


Paul also has two Dalmatians named Rainbow and Buffy and an Egyptian Pharaoh Hound named Cleo.  All of Paul’s dogs are in phenomenal shape.  Willow can run 20k races with Paul, and even Rainbow, his 12 year old Dalmatian, still runs 16k races.