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This supportive dog encouraged marathon runners battling the rain in Boston

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Spencer took time out of his job as a therapy dog to cheer on runners.

A dog’s life cheerleading (Rich Powers/ Spencer & Penny/PA)

A golden retriever has achieved internet acclaim for supporting runners in the Boston Marathon.

Spencer, smartly dressed in a windbreaker rain jacket to protect him from the cold and rain, held flags to cheer on runners in a video shared to Facebook by his owner.

“When we got home he was drier than me!” said Rich Powers, Spencer’s owner.

Spencer's annual cheering on the marathoners

Posted by Spencer & Penny on Monday, April 16, 2018

“Rough conditions for the runners made it extra special.”

Spencer and his sister Penny are therapy dogs, and it turns out Spencer is a fan of the Boston marathon – this was his third time spectating.

Spreading some love ❤️ #therapydog

Posted by Spencer & Penny on Monday, April 9, 2018

Their owner says he set up the page to show the two dogs off to other dog lovers – “They are too good not to share.”

Posted by Spencer & Penny on Friday, April 13, 2018

This year’s marathon fell on the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three spectators and injured hundreds of others.

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