DISTANCE: 7.77 km DURATION: 59:53
I would drive 500 miles just to be with Freckles! (sing this to The Proclaimers' song) It was so great to see this gal for a noon run. I put her stylish purple booties on and we zoomed out the door. She usually goes super fast and fades but today she started fast and just continued at a smooth even-paced tempo. Our run was so zen that I did not pay attention to the missing booties. We backtracked for a bit (and you would think we would have spotted these purple booties in the snow) but no luck! Freckles has been running with us for some time now and she just gets sweeter and sweeter. The Scoop: 1 poop and 5 pees. Thanks again for the water and treats. So thoughtful! I am on a strict protein diet so this was a huge boost to my day.
DISTANCE: 6.16 km DURATION: 1.14:37
It took a lot less time getting ready today!👍🏿 I’m glad to say I am slowly earning Polaris’ trust.😊 It was an action-packed adventure this afternoon, because the weather is supposed to turn on us again (shocker I know). Everyone and their pooch, kid, stroller, lizard, and hamster were out today!😳 Okay, a slight exaggeration but my arms got a crazy workout! Polaris doesn’t have a mean bone in her body but every once in a while these crazy noises come out of her and it scares people and their pooches. So, while Kobe was making friends, Polaris and I played in the snow to distract her. I’m happy to report she did very well for the most part except when pooches had something to say, but then Kobe was right there telling them where to go! 😂 Too funny. Eventually, we made it back safe and sound. Thanks for another fantastic and hilarious outing you crazy kids! 1 poo for Polaris, none for Kobe, and several pees each. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 7.51 km DURATION: 1:22:29
I had an inkling that today was going to be a social event!😁 Mona was out last week with a war wound and couldn’t make the weekly party. As soon as these two gals saw each other, it was a PAR-TAY! Reilly was so glad to see her BFF that she gave her a hug and let Mona lead the way.😊 SO CUTE! We did attempt to hit our favourite free-range spot but our plans were foiled by a family of coyotes. That’s okay, because we were the only ones out so I let these ladies loose and watched as they gave it their all! 😆 After that, Mona was in control again and it seemed like she was making Reilly and me climb way too many hills..... Alright, I’m pretty sure I was the only one thinking that. 😜 But what goes up, must come down and it was an easy trot all the way to Reilly’s house. Thanks for always bringing me such joy ladies! 2 poos and several pees each. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 8.12 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
Morning Juno! This is Gabi, and she is DGR's newest Dog Runner! I told Gabi that Juno F often starts her runs by finding a perfect lounging spot in the snow, eyeing up my treat pocket. But lo and behold, Juno decided to prove me wrong! We had a gorgeous run through the 'hood, down the Sarcee Corridor, and it wasn't until halfway into our run she showed us her characteristic stall tactic. Sometimes you can expect the unexpected, but other times the unexpected surprises you! It was a perfect introduction to dog running, although the 'Juno Team' did not demonstrate very many challenges of the job. Thanks for a great morning run ladies! The Scoop: 1 poop, 5-6 pees. Written by Tammy
What a great morning for a run! I joined Juno, Tammy, and her furry family member who is also named Juno! She showed me all the best places to run around the neighbourhood and where the views were the nicest. Running with pals is always the best. The sun was shining and Juno loved to run through the snow; showing off her beautiful coat. It was a great, relaxing run in the morning and a great start to the day! Written by Gabi
Runners: Tammy and Gabi
DISTANCE: 8 km DURATION: 1 hour
Hurray! It finally happened - a beautiful day out with this lovely little burst of sunshine. And he was actually smiling! Great job Rossi! We didn't get to do many trails but I think the lovely weather and good company made up for that! It was fairly simple and when we first started out Rossi had a really nice encounter with a little dog. He was wagging his tail very positively. Small steps - buddy! You're doing so well! The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
DISTANCE: 8.34 km DURATION: 53:19
Andorra greeted me first. Long time, no see! Sorry but today I'm taking Kahlua only. Andorra watched us as we left. I'm sorry for leaving you behind. I will now carry this guilt with me for the rest of my life. I couldn't seem to find Kahlua's harness anywhere in the landing area so I just tightened up her collar a bit and clipped her in. I was super confident that this would be fine for today since Kahlua never pulls. Whenever another dog would cross our path, I just kept her close like I always do and she behaved great. Today's weather report: confusing. If the wind hits you, it feels like -10C. If there's no wind on you and you're in the sun, it's +5C. Great job Kahlua. 1 poo, many pees.
DISTANCE: 10.25 km . DURATION: 1:02:07
Happy Thursday, Nell!! The weekend is in sight!! I hear Thursday is the new Friday; makes sense to me! And what better way to kick off the weekend early then a beautiful warm evening run! Nell and I hit the pavement hard today; quickly zooming around the river. The paths were busy with people and other pups which were excellent for people watching. To top off our evening run, I had a lovely visit with Nell's mom! She showed me photos of her family and past Border Collies, as well as provided me with a bottomless glass of water! A perfect way to top off a speedy run with Miss Nell. See you Sunday, girl! The scoop: 1 pee, no poops.
DISTANCE: 6.74 km DURATION: 1:04:47
Good Morning Zenna. What a huggable big teddy bear you are! I love running down near the Elbow River so today we headed in that direction. Zenna was really happy to get moving this morning. It was sunny, relatively warm, and the pathways were mostly clear. Zenna is very well-behaved on her leash and when she wants to stop for a sniff… she sure let’s you know. She’ll pick up the pace when she’s good and ready. It was a nice slow run today so I talked to Zenna a lot. We slowed it down to a walk a few times. I decided at one point to take her harness off and just use her collar and leash and when I did that, she bounced around and started running again? So maybe, she wasn’t loving the harness today. Who knows? We zigged and zagged through the houses on our way back home and brought it in with a nice walk at the end. It was great to meet you Zenna. Enjoy your afternoon nap today. You earned it. Zenna’s Scoop: 6 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 6.37 km DURATION: 1:00:15
Today's run was so gorgeous and warm! Every day seems to get better and better! Right when I first arrived, after reassuring Lucy that yes, I do see and hear her, and yes, it is time to run (she's very talkative), I got the nicest head snuggle from Nikita! We suited up and hit the usual spots right away before heading into Harvest Hills for some new gossip for Lucy to sniff. Nikita likes checking out the construction, so she was also pretty happy with this decision! For some reason, I CONSTANTLY tangled myself in the leashes, so we weren't super fast, but this just allowed the girls more sniffing time! Once we got onto a usual park path, the girls showed me a secret love of theirs - pouncing through hard snow! They patter up onto the crust, and then jump and pounce through to the soft powder! They do this again and again, but of course, once my phone came out for pictures, all action stopped and they both found the sky/ground/any direction but mine very interesting. Hilarious! We played in the snow and I threw snowballs for them for the last couple kms, and then ended the run with yard time. This was Nikita's favourite part - so much so that I had to put my shoes back on to go out and bring her in! Then, they had some treats, I got a post-run head snuggle from Lucy, and our hour together was done. It went by really fast for all of us today. I had a great time, and I hope they did too! Thanks girls! Lucy - 4 pees. Nikita - 2 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 9.26 km DURATION: 1:26:21
Oh, did we have some very happy puppies today. Mom is back from vacation and I'm sure the gang is over the moon right now! Shadow went first as always. We were on a mission; trying to get that 9K in again .. but then we met Yoshi. This pretty boy is also a Portuguese Water Dog and apparently this is how Shadow’s mom fell in love with the breed. Yoshi's mom showered Shadow with compliments; saying things like "How awesome, nice and beautiful he is." Well, no need to say that. It felt like I wasn't even there! Shadow only had eyes for the lady and that was it. lol. Time to take a quick picture of Shadow and Yoshi together and then we went on to finish our run. Then, it was the ladies' turn. All enjoyed the awesome weather again. Pinky led the whole way once more! We had an awesome day! Everyone had one poop each and few pees.
DISTANCE: 6.64 km DURATION: 1:10:16
It was another lazy day for Gogol. It took a little bit to get his booties on and Gogol seemed reluctant to leave the comforts of his home; despite it being a balmy -7C out there. I pushed Gogol to get some exercise, but stopped for some walk breaks. Being the opportunist that he is, Gogol tried to say hello and woofed politely at the rabbits and birds. That apparently wore him out and he decided that the snow patch makes for a wonderful make-shift bed for some R&R! 😴 I let him rest a little and then picked up our pace towards the Stampede Park where we had a mini photo shoot 📸. Good work Gogol, I know you weren't feeling super up for it but we covered our longest distance yet! The scoop: 2 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 2.66 km DURATION: 1:20:07
This morning Jasper was so excited to take me to meet his bud, Indy! We started out strong, but then Indy realized a stranger was running with him and decided he wasn’t interested anymore. Jasper and Indy did a lot of sniffing and eating treats, but hardly any running after that point. At the end of the day, Indy and Jasper got some fresh air and ate lots of snacks! I also got to meet DGR Owner Ruth who helped me with Indy's tricky door. Indy gave her a big smile! The scoop: 0 poops, 2-3 pees per pup.
DISTANCE: 7.16 km DURATION: 53:58
It was the best part of my day to be greeted happily by Gibbons and Toki. I got caught up in cuddles with Gibbons; making the mistake of not grabbing Toki right away, who took to hiding beneath the dining table with her squeaky toy. Classic. But it didn’t take as long as I thought to get her out from underneath! Yay. Off we went; turning left at the big four way stop instead of our usual right, and keeping a steady pace up the gentle hill. Toki wanted to pull a lot today, but listened so well to several “waaaaits”, and slowed her pace down for Gibbons and me. The girls enjoyed some sniffing about in the snow, and Toki loved the birdies in the trees (dreaming of a great feast?) Back at the house, some fun yard time for them, with a literal game of Ring Around the Rosie. Very entertaining for me. The Scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee each.
Last night I had the absolute pleasure of dog-sitting Gibbons and Toki for a couple hours while their Mom was away. When I arrived, they were a little confused as to why I was there - two runs in one day?! Nope! Couch snuggles time! The couch snuggles lasted for all of 10 minutes before Toki brought a very buff tiger toy to me. I didn’t know tigers could get 6-pack abs! I went and grabbed a pig toy that we could play tug-o-war with, and even Gibbons got in on that action. Before we knew it, it was supper time and I got a break from chasing (and being chased by) Toki all over the house while Gibbons tried to nap. Poor girl ended up having to change napping spots quite a few times because of us! After supper and treats, I sat down with Gibbons to give her some attention. She’s such a sweet girl! Very much a quite snuggler - Toki is what I consider more of an action snuggler - lots of kisses and attempted kisses. This didn’t last too long though, as Toki found one of the biggest dog toys I have ever seen - a lamb-sized sheep toy! Oh boy, did we have fun with that! I discovered that sometimes instead of trying to grab the toy as she runs past, it’s easier to just grab Toki! It was fun watching her think and try to out-maneuver me. Towards the end of the night, we were all feeling a little tired so I did some computer work and the girls snuggled behind me on the couch. Toki was loving it until Gibbons decided to be a momma hen and give her ears a VERY thorough cleaning - the look on Toki’s face was hilarious! When I left, they seemed content on the couch together, but I made a colossal mistake - I looked by as I drove away. Way up in a window, I spotted a concerned little Vizsla head staring at me accusingly - how dare I leave, there are many more cuddles and plays to be had! I almost went back in!
Overview: lots of laughs, snuggles, plays, and chases. Good times were had by all! I’m sure Gibbons REALLY enjoyed napping without Toki and me romping all over the place! I hope they had as much fun with me as I had with them! Thanks for the great night girls! Gibbons - 2 pees and 1 poop. Toki - many pees (it was too dark to see if she was peeing or sniffing), and at least 1 poop.
Pet Sitter: Laura
It was another weekend with da' boyz! I'm beginning to worry if they'll associate my arrival with bad weather. We have another couple of days with weather way too cold for Marvin and Frito who are both sensitive to the lower temps. Summit seemed fine with it but we decided to stick indoors except for the occasionally potty break where I would have to coax all of them outside with treats. Besides that, there was a lot of lounging around and a lot of Frisbee tossing. The toys throughout the house were getting some much needed play-time. I hope if I ever get to sit you guys again, I'll have some good weather to work with!
Pet Sitter: Sarah