DISTANCE: 5.71 km DURATION: 58:10
Today’s run with Kenny and Sully was a great way to start my week. They were so excited to see me; tails were wagging and I just knew we needed to burn all of that energy off. What better way to do that than at the off-leash park on the ridge! The moment I let them off their leashes, they were quick to start chasing each other and rolling around in the snow. The last two times I’ve ran with these boys, Sully has found a stick that is about twice the length of his body. I guess you’d call that a branch, not a stick. But this time, Kenny decided he wanted to get in on some of the branch action, so of course he walked right up behind Sully and took a big bite onto that branch. The two fought over it for a bit, but eventually Sully decided he’d go find another stick. I knew we had to get on with our run, so I offered them a treat and their sticks became history. We ran at a very steady pace and they didn’t stop to smell much which is always a nice deal for the runner (me). Overall, Sully’s weird love for branches and Kenny’s cute smile made my day. The scoop: one poo and too many pees to count for both.
DISTANCE: 8.02 km DURATION: 1:01:11
My knee has improved in the last few days but still isn’t 100%, so it was time for another hike with Bexie and Chester. Today’s hike was full of excitement! We started by heading straight to the park for some fun and games. After plenty of stick play and fun chasing each other around, we set out at a quick hiking pace along the river. On our way to the ridge by Max Bell, Bexie seemed to notice something off in the distance that I couldn’t see. Maybe a coyote? A few minutes later we caught up to a lady putting her dog back in the car who had been waving at another dog walker down below by the river walking her small dog off-leash. As I approached, she told me she had spotted a coyote down where the dog walker was headed, was trying to warn her, but wasn’t able to and now had to rush back to work. I told her not to worry, the three of us were on it! Bexie and Chester to the rescue! We ran back down the path and bushwhacked down the hill towards the other walker to warn her. She was very thankful! A hungry coyote is every dog walker's worst fear in the city! We later spotted one of the most majestic falcons I have ever seen up close. We had to stay for a few minutes of bird watching. Thanks for the exciting start to our week Chester! See you tomorrow! The scoop: 4 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 8.02 km DURATION: 1:00:37
Happy Monday Mira and Mulligan! I think both Mira and I were still sleeping on the first half of our run😬. I know I was; that’s for sure! Mira, on the other hand, was more interested in all the fresh yellow snow that was deposited over the weekend. I’m talking about the yellow not the snow😜. Mira and I had a fairly uneventful run; it was nice. We toured the hood, mainly sticking to the sidewalks thinking that would be the safest route, not so much! ICY! This meant some fancy footwork had to be done, but by that time we were both alert! Thank goodness or who knows what (or who) would have went down. 😳Thanks for a nice relaxing run to start off the week Mira! 1 poo and several pees for Mira; 2 pees for oh so handsome Mulligan today. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 9.13 km DURATION: 1:17:59
Hello handsome! Kayto knew exactly where he wanted to take me on our run today, it’s a good thing I came prepared. My friend prefers the less manicured trails so we hit the backside of the Edworthy Park loop. It was nice and quiet; we only ran into a couple of other crazies willing to risk it!😂 After that excitement, Kayto and I played for a couple minutes before crawling up the mountain. I crawled while he patiently waited for me, (whatever Kayto!) We then meandered through the pooch park. My friend was being overly protective of his ball and log so he avoided all the pooches.😬 We hit the streets and were almost back but then Kayto decided he was done, look who’s waiting for who now?!😜 I eventually bribed my friend into moving and home we headed. Thanks for yet another crazy adventure Kayto! 2 poos and several pees today. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 8.02 km DURATION: 1:01:11
Today's run with Gibbons and Toki was all about exploring and adventuring. We headed out on the same road as last week. This road will house future houses of Crestmont but for now it is bare and deserted. This time we kept going onto Old Banff Coach Road, and were in search of how to loop back home. From a past run I knew that from the community of Artists' View we would be at the top of the hill that the girls often climb. This meant a little bit of bushwhacking and potentially some trespassing... SHHH... don't tell! Again, the route as the crow flies may not always be the best route, but for today, it did lend itself to an 8K run! Great run girls! Scoop: one pee each.
DISTANCE: 9.53 km DURATION: 1:14:20
Look out Calgary, here comes Jessie the Superstar! If this girl was dawdling on Thursday, she was really motoring today. Just the minimum required sniffs and the occasional kiss for a passing dog. The rest of the time it was all business. And who could blame her? It was a gorgeous, sunny Monday afternoon and we were outside, splashing through puddles, bounding up hills, feeling the sunshine in our faces. I am sure that was a grin on Jessie's otherwise serious face! We raced through River Park and down into Elbow Park, where we watched the school children taking cross-country skiing lessons. Jessie tried valiantly to join them, but I don't think they make skis for four legs! Anyways,, a lovely Monday afternoon run. Thanks, Jess! The scoop: two poos, three pees.
DISTANCE: 10.37 km DURATION: 59:17
Happy Monday Lincoln! After discovering a new part of the Douglas Fir Trail last week, I could not resist heading back that way for another run. It's so nice finding trails that can be run in the winter and Linc didn't seem to mind! I took us on a shorter route to get to the trail entry because I planned to run the river with Lincoln today, which meant two things 1) trains were a possibility and 2) we would have to conquer Edworthy Hill. The hill is a certainty, and about halfway down the trail Linc and I caught sight of the train. We waited patiently at the crossing for about a minute before heading to the river pathway. It was beautiful and peaceful, because Linc and I were the only 2 souls out there today! When we made it to the base of Edworthy Hill, Linc got a little distracted by the dogs in the off-leash park, but we forged ahead and upwards and back to Lincoln's house. Lincoln made his best snow angel on the front lawn to cool down while I stretched a little, then we went inside and wiped down. Great run Linc! Dog business: 1 poop and many pees.
DISTANCE: 7.41 km DURATION: 1:07:41
Hello again happy Freckles! Thank you for a lovely run! I know I needed this run just as much as you, because I was eating chocolate all weekend.🙈 Time to burn through those calories. So let’s get to it. Today, Freckles and I were on a hunt for some dry sidewalks. It was not easy.. We were once again slipping and sliding all over Legacy. Nevertheless, we started out with a lot of energy and ran all the way to Walden. On the way back, we took it easy exploring different smells and sights around. It’s starting to really smell like spring. Overall, It was a beautiful day for a run with my GF (girlfriend) Freckles! The scoop: 1 poop; 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 2.68 km DURATION: 52:18
After a nice greeting and chat with Kaiser and his mom, Kacie, Pink and I were off to River Park. We got lucky again this morning with a beautiful sunny January morning, and I even pulled out my Ray Bans for this sunny outing, proving how nice it is out. Kacie and Pink were obviously happy about the warm weather too as both seemed to be in an especially good mood. After watching Kacie playfully prance around with a young Vizsla, I came to the realization that Kacie loves Vizslas! Usually Kacie isn't that enthusiastic about playing with other dogs but she always seems super excited about playing with Vizslas. Pink also had some fun with showing a puppy who's boss. The scoop: 1 poo each and lots of pees.
DISTANCE: 10.5 km DURATION: 1:05:30
So we have a new regimen and diet plan for Kali. Apparently, she and Asha have some new treats to keep them in tip top condition. This will be taking place after this week, but in the spirit of getting more fit, Kali and I really hit the pavement. In a literal sense for me too because it was so icy. I led for most of the first half which was fine., On the second half of our run, I was a bit tired so Kali took a turn in the lead position. We went pretty darn fast considering we were also going up huge hills. We stopped a couple of times when it got pretty steep and icy so we went a bit further than what was marked. Kali seemed to really enjoy the runs uphill. I am partial to downhill. Great job Kali! Our run totally exceeded all of my expectations. Scoop: two pees, 0 poops.
DISTANCE: 6.22 km DURATION: 1:08:01
Happy New Year Dogateers! Today was the first grand adventure for the Three Dogateers of 2018, and there was much celebrating! There was so much to catch up on from the holiday break that the Leader-with-the-Leashes thought a different approach to today’s tour would be appropriate; and so, with high spirits, the Three Dogateers were set loose in new, uncharted (for them anyways) off-leash territory to release some extra excitement at being reunited! A quick reconnaissance of the new territory and it was off to explore new routes to reach their territory of Nose Hill. The exploration was a great success as the Three Dogateers made their way into their territory of Nose Hill and blazed a new trail back to enjoy some more off-leash visiting. Stay tuned for the next epic adventure of the Three Dogateers! Four pees and one poop for Quinn today.
DISTANCE: 6:01 km DURATION: 35:09
Meet DGR's latest athlete, Avi which is short for Avalanche. Avi is a Siberian Husky who spends time in Canmore as well as Calgary. Here are my first impressions: Avi is a perfect fit for DGR as he loves to run and is a clearly an athlete. We headed down the river pathway and he was really polite with all the dogs we met. He was also keen to take first place among all the Sunday joggers so we went past several runners. We went from smooth and steady to Husky speed when his competitive spirit kicked in. At our turn around point, he received lots of compliments on how gorgeous he is. Yes, look at those piercing blue eyes (that match the colour of the sky). We also took a few moments to play in the snow and in true Husky form, Avi swirled and twirled and buried his face. He also clearly loves winter and the snow! We look forward to more runs with this sweet boy and I think he is looking forward to it as well. The scoop: 1 poop and 5-6 pees. Avi, you sure make a good first impression!
DISTANCE: 9.35 km DURATION: 1:11:10
"Hello Girlfriend" and with that salutation, I received the happy dance from Quinn😊. Since today is Saturday, do you feel up for some shopping? After receiving an affirmative kiss, Market Mall here we come. It was great to stretch our legs and zip up to the mall. On the way, some of the sidewalks were fairly icy and Quinn & I met a walker coming towards us. We all met on an icy patch at a bus stop. Without a blink of an eye or a switch up in steps, Quinn jumped up on the bus stop bench and ran to the end. I had this look on my face of pure amazement and awe and the person passing said "great dog". Quinn, that was pretty cool and I guess we also are getting some agility in on today's outing. You always surprise me Quin., It was amazing seeing you do that. 👍. The Doggy Business Report: 1 poop and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.74 km DURATION: 50:41
After such an incredible run yesterday, I was not sure the girls and I would be able to top how much fun we had again. But if I have learned one thing from all the time I have spent with these sisters it is that you never know what to expect! For instance, on today’s run, we crossed paths with a larger dog, and I was expecting Toki to drag Gibbs and I over to say hi. To my surprise, it was Gibbons that wanted to say hello and meet the new friend! Being Saturday, the girls were not in the ‘running’ mood, but instead were more interested in digging holes in the snow and chasing each other around. G and T's. Their mom and dad are at the Flames game as we run, and it turns out, we did a bit of skating today ourselves (icy paths, icy roads, ice everywhere!) We decided to cut the run short today (we, being Toki and Gibbs) and we headed to the backyard for some quality tug-o-war time. How lucky am I to spend my Saturday with my favorite chicks? Toki had one small poop and 2 pees and Gibby had many pees today! See you next week girls, Enjoy your Sunday rest-day!
DISTANCE: 6.99 km DURATION: 1:01:48
Happy Valley Ridge Friday girls! Both of these fit pups were raring to go from the minute I stepped in the door. We sped down the big hill and headed for the entrance of Valley Ridge. We made great time for the first ten minutes of our run, until something caught Gibby’s eye. After 30 seconds of sniffing, Toki decided to go over and check out what all the fuss was about. Gibbons immediately turned away and began sprinting again, playing a trick on her sister! I couldn’t help but laugh at how funny these two goofy girls are. We hit 4K in the first 30 minutes but unfortunately were not as fast on the way up as we were down (naturally). The girls don’t know it yet, but they get to see me tomorrow! 1 poop and 2 pees for Toks, 2 pees for Gibbs.