DISTANCE: 5.28 km DURATION: 1:17:57
Winter came in cold and strong today. Knowing Miss Freckles, I knew this would be a difficult day for her. Archie seemed to embrace the new weather situation, by diving face first into the snow. I am not too sure what he was searching for, but he sure was right in there. It took Archie a bit to get ready today. He made me chase him around the house to put his booties on. Archie has big paws, so that was challenging, but we got it done. We tried out his new collar today and we had a grand ole time in the winter wonderland. Sorry, Frecks! We still had to go outside. She stopped at the end of the driveway as if to say, "never mind let’s forget this". All in all, it was a great afternoon. Freckles had 1 poop, 4 pees. Archie had 6 pees, 0 poops.
DISTANCE: 6.65 km . DURATION: 1:03:36
Wow, that was a windy snowy morning but Kaylee loved it all. We plowed through the new snow and Kaylee did a number of nose plants and rolls to cool down. A very quick rabbit got her attention and as soon as he left then it was squirrel time. Three pees and no poos.
DISTANCE: 8.46 km . DURATION: 1:20:28
Lincoln, it has been a long time since we have run together, and what a great way to spend the morning. Just as I was pulling up to pick up this fun loving pup, the snow began. I had a route planned and I decided to stick with it even though the weather was getting cold and wet. So we headed down to Edworthy Park, I wanted to do Douglas Fir Trail, but when I realized how icy it was under the snow, we decided to stay on the path. That was still very icy and I ended up on my bum. Lincoln thought we were playing and seemed to enjoy the idea of me on the ground. We hit the trails and headed back up the ridge towards home. Thanks Lincoln for the great morning run. Hope to see you again. 1 poop, 7 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.56 km . DURATION: 57:55
While some shy away or slow down when the snow begins to fall, Avi’s excitement builds. Avi thrives in the cold temperatures and blowing snow, and was happy to drag me along today. Oddly enough, the fresh snowfall also gave me a kick of energy, in order to keep up with my snow-loving pal. Today, we continued our exploration of Confederation Park, and I learned that it is much larger than I originally thought! We ventured over to the other side of the park via a tunnel, and stopped to take a picture of a lady and her two kids out for a wintry walk. On our way back, the wind picked up and my face began to freeze. Avi could tell it was time to kick it into 5th gear, and with that, we hustled to the warmth of ‘home’. I think someone is happy that Winter is finally here. 1 poop and 7 or 8 pees!
DISTANCE: 6.03 km . DURATION: 1:07:14
I have a news for you all.. including you two- Kenny and Sully, winter is back!! 😁. It wasn’t bad earlier this morning but it was not good when I arrived at the kids' home as a snowstorm and wind were on the menu. Looking at it from inside the car, I was like hmmm.. 🤔. Kids didn’t seems to worry much about it. They were too excited to go out regardless of the weather! Like yesterday, Sully went first. He sat by the open door like a champ. He knows the routine. Since he is an awesome and smart boy, he remembers it very well. We went out 5.2km before coming back home to pick up Kenny. This “young” man was much better than yesterday. His walk and trot were more lively which made me happier. So another awesome outing with the kids. Hurray! 👏😃🐾. The Poop Scoop. Sully had a poop and a few pees. Kenny had 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 1.28 km . DURATION: 45:18
Happy Wednesday, K K & P! It's a blustery winter wonderland out there. Are you guys ready!? Feels like minus 22 C. Yuck! With that, we donned our warmest winter attire and headed straight for the park. To our surprise, it was pretty busy! Lots of fluffy pups in booties enjoying the day. Although Pink won the OOTD (Outfit of the Day) competition her pink jacket and black booties. They were the cutest by far! We spent our morning chasing the ball as well chasing each other. Any thing to stay warm! The cold brought out a very spunky side of Kacie today; she was running around like a maniac! She must have been feeling nice and toasty in her cute little coat. I hear this crew its off to Fernie so hopefully, with all our running around in the snow they will be already to snooze the whole way out to the mountains. Hope you guys have fun. Looking forward to hearing all your stories next week! The scoop: poops and plenty of pees all around!
DISTANCE: 6.07 km . DURATION: 54:19
Happy Wednesday, Jackson... or should I say Balto! **insert name of famous sled dog here** While I whined about the cold temperature and snowy conditions, Jackson couldn't have been happier to be outside. He bound out of the house and went straight into a 7 min/km pace. We did need to slow down a bit though because a lot of the pathways were not cleared yet and the last thing I want is to have one of us injured. I'm sure he was wondering why I was cramping his fast-paced style! Jackson is usually very interactive and happy to see other pedestrians on the sidewalks, but today when he saw strangers all bundled up in their parkas, toques, and mittens, it made him a bit anxious. Luckily, there are a TON of other routes around where Jackson lives, so we could avoid those distractions. I also learned that Jackson belongs in the North Pole and I need to wear double the amount of clothing. Although we didn't go the farthest distance today, our run was meaningful to both of us. See you next time! The scoop: 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 9.90 km . DURATION: 1:14:28
Today, Lucy and I had a special guest for the first 5 km of our run - my dad! He often runs out of his office near by and we finally bumped into him! Lucy loved getting double the pets and attention, but was initially unsure of why this random guy just started running with us. He took our frozen face picture outside his office, and we continued on with our run. It was beautiful out, even with the wind. Lucy would've been a speedy girl but my sore back made us fairly slow, which ended up being great for her because it meant more sniffing! She found a perfect stick with lots of little branches that she could tear off. She carried it for quite a ways. We ended up stashing it along out route for next time. She didn't get as tired from this run as from others we've done, but her smiling face means she liked it anyway! Thanks Lucy! 1 pee and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 5.27 km . DURATION: 51:27
P-p-p-p-park d-d-day GoGol! Can't you tell how cold it is by my shivering. Luckily I had one handy hand-warmer to warm up that 1% of my body. Did you know: your hand actually makes up less than 1% of your total weight. Wow, this blog is going nowhere. Anyways, our run was not a run at all. It was more of a granny shuffle. Wait, before you judge - Gogol and I make granny shuffling look super swanky. Today, Gogol had plenty of off-leash time and he was incredibly satisfied with that. We played tug-of-war and fetch with a massive stick, and we found a pink creature hiding in the trees. I'm not too sure what this pink creature was supposed to be, maybe it was a raccoon, or a cat or, a bear of some sort. So, yeah, that was cool. Good job Gogol. 1 poo, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.26 km DURATION: 35:38
Today was another short but sweet pee break with my favourite mother-daughter duo. We tried out the split leash because I had to hold the leash to my back preventing the use of my belt, and I think all the of us are on the fence about it. I found it super easy to tangle, Nikita found it harder to duck under or jump over than per usual leashes, and Lucy kept somehow getting it wrapped around her belly multiple times! I liked it though because if Nikita went on a treat strike, Lucy would feel her stop and then go tackle her, thereby ending the strike and getting us moving again! We went and checked out a couple parks and a Free Little Library before heading home for treats and pets. It was a great break for all of us! Thanks girls!3 pees for Lucy, 2 pees for Nikita, and no poops for either.
DISTANCE: 6.35 km . DURATION: 1:03:54
Oh, did we get lucky today. We got to run before the snow! The kids were very eager to go this morning, I could hear the barking from my car.. lol. After a brief discussion with Mom, we decided to go accordingly - if Mocha felt ok, let’s trot, if not, let’s just walk. Well, we met in the middle ground, I decided to adopt a brisk walk so Mocha could trot or walk if she wanted. Although stiff at moments, she was a bit better then last time I saw her. Mom told me that the canine chiropractor will be visiting the gang in near future, so maybe we will end up with a brand new and rejuvenated Portie Gang! 😍🐾. Shadow enjoyed his 2nd loop as usual. He is a different boy when he runs alone. He plays, bites his leash, and jumps beside me. He is so cute! The Porties' Report: Shadow had 1 poop and 4 pees. Mocha had 1 poop and 2 pees. Java had 1 poop and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.04 km . DURATION: 1:20:02
Hello handsome! As soon as we got outside, I knew Briar had no interest whatsoever in partaking in some serious exercise.😆 This little (ha) fella loves the snow and it was hard to get him to focus. All he wanted to do it PAR-TAY!😁 I totally understand my friend, just ask anyone who knows me!😜 Anyways, we casually made our way through the Silver Springs Botanical Gardens...... that’s what they say are there but all I saw was snow.😬 Eventually looping our way around back to the comforts of home. Ending, of course, with a romp in the yard. Thanks for hanging with me today Briar! 1 giant soft poo (two bags!😳) and several pees today. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 4.30 km . DURATION: 1:00:31
The wind and the snow were blowing as I headed out with Juno, Keno, Teddy and prospective runner Erica to show her the DGR ropes. I had loaded the dogs in my car and Teddy and Juno were sharing the front seat nicely when I changed my mind and thought a warm-up walk to Edworthy might be a good idea in this frigid cold. The dogs walked so nicely together to the park and once we got there, we unleashed the hounds. Literally, once we took the dogs off leash they were maniacs running blissfully in the snow and chasing each other. Juno also stole a ball from a Shiba Inu but the owner patiently joined us for awhile on our walk until Juno lost interest in the ball. We also ran into the Russian Blue named Tsar who told me he also is a fan of very cold weather. Icy paws started bothering all 3 pups so we headed back to home. The Scoop: 1 poop and 1 pee for Juno. Teddy had a poo and both Teddy and Keno had a few markings. I gave Juno a big hug goodbye, Tomorrow, your mom is home and I wish I could video that joyful reunion.
DISTANCE: 8.08 km . DURATION: 52:05
I love running with Kahlua, and Ice Bug running shoes (I was not slipping today, no sir). Today we did a big loop around the community with lots of up and down hills. The weather we were running in was that of the inside of a shaken up snow-globe. Snowflakes showered on us by the plenty, but Kahlua was loving it. She expressed her joy with her signature smile as we ran. She made me realize that we should appreciate these days, although this snowy weather is cold and bad for driving, it sure is beautiful and special in a way. Whether it makes you want to get all cozy, curl up in bed with a warm mug of cocoa and watch a movie, or go outside and make a snowman or ski. Days like these have some kind of special magic that sometimes we forget about. Thank you Kahlua. 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.76 km DURATION: 40:34
Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s as much about the dogs as it is about the run. In my head this morning - I was planning to take the girls for about 6 km in one of our usual loops down into the Valley. That wasn’t to be - but for good reasons. It was actually quite miserable out - there was blowing snow and the mercury was dropping rapidly this morning. It went from -5C to -10C during our outing!! Gibbons gave me a yawn as if to say, "why on earth would I want to go out." She obliged me with a short 1.5 km run through the woods but then politely ducked back home. Toki was game for more initially - but then I noticed her little butt shivering when she would stop to sniff and she kept lifting up her hind paws. So we called it a day and played inside instead. Toki is a champion at tug-o-war and Gibbons did some agility training ducking between my legs. The scoop: 1 pee each.