DISTANCE: 5.93 km . DURATION: 53:26
My, oh my, it sure is a gorgeous Friday. It's wicked warm out there for a Calgary winter. Too bad the only thing hindering this wonderful weather was the sight of the snow that has merely turned into a brown slush mixture: 4 cups of melting snow, 1 cup of dirt, and 2 tablespoons of week-old salt that was thrown down on the ground to kill the ice. Side note: I'm not the best baker. I took Sully out first today, and we crushed out a good ol' 4K. Good job Sully, you're a champ. Next, I took out Kenny for our 1ish km expedition. We did some switchbacks and made a little pattern on our map because why not. Kenny was soaking up the sun with a great big smile on his face. Great job my dudes. 1 poo and many pees each.
DISTANCE: 7.45 km DURATION: 1:01:21
A playful day for me and the boys! It started with Mowgli, who was very happy to greet the sunny day. Today, he took to launching himself into the snow banks along the path, and enjoyed several good rolls in the snow. I did not participate, but it looked fun. Next, speedy little Pippin. There was lots of barking today which startled a few runners and walkers. Oops! He also enjoyed bounding through the inviting snow banks, and of course playfully nipping at my calves. What a great day with these two! The Scoop: 1 poo and 2-3 pees each.
DISTANCE: 11.40 km . DURATION: 1:09:35
Today, Lucy and I were joined by my dad again, which means that once again, I was the slow third wheel! The warm air and clear paths had Lucy in the mood to run and run she did! We avoided residential areas again in order to stay dry and clean. And to our delight, we had the park pretty much to ourselves! Running into the wind got a little cool, but by that point we were pretty hot and sweaty. Lucy rolled in the snow a few times to cool off and play around, but she was too focused on running to linger too long. We ended up with one of our further and faster runs which hopefully tuckered her out as much as it did me! From her constant smiles, I know that she at least has a great time! Thanks for the run Lucy! Have a good nap! 1 pee and no poops.
DISTANCE: 10.19 km . DURATION: 58:05
Happy Friday Lincoln! Today started like any other run. Linc eagerly greeted me at the door. He sat, got a treat, and we were out the door. Linc and I managed to get our usual 10K in, but today was just not a good day. Linc and I were out of sync, I stepped on his toes a couple times and he zig-zagged in front of me. There were dogs around every corner, across the street, in windows, in cars... everywhere we turned! We just never managed to find a groove. In spite of this, Lincoln still managed to take an incredibly handsome photo, and I am simply grateful that I have the opportunity to run with this guy every week. See you Monday buddy. Dog Business: 1 poop, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.69 km . DURATION: 56:03
Jasper was energetic this morning! He was so happy to see me and grab some treats when I came to say hello. We headed out on this beautiful day and I let Jasper take the lead. He led me straight to the park in Brittania! Jasper met a few other pups there and posed for a couple of pictures. He was in such a great mood! While leaving the park, Jasper decided he was tired and it was pretty difficult to convince him to head home. He finally decided it was a good idea and we had another great run back down south. The scoop: no poops and a few markings.
DISTANCE: 6.05 km DURATION: 56:31
Hello Friday! I love Fridays as they always start with a morning outing with Miss Byrdie and her buddy Teddy. It is a stress-free way to begin the weekend. Byrdie was in a kissing mood from the start and I got a few licks while Teddy got many. It is quite a talent for her to kiss and run simultaneously. Teddy got some off-leash time and he found a stick that he tried to convince Byrdie to pick up and play keep away. Byrdie did not pick up on these cues and went on flipping her hair and kissing him. She is too cute for words. The run ended with a lovely visit with Byrdie's mom. The Scoop: lots of business for Teddy but none for Byrdie.
DISTANCE: 6.01 km DURATION: 1:00:23
It was a great morning with Marley who bravely met a young and goofy Black Lab pup who thought Marley was just the coolest guy. For Marley, it was kind of a tolerance exercise but he was. as always, a perfect gentleman. He also met a young lady who gave him lots of pats - so much so that he just flopped and wanted more! One poo and many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.43 km DURATION: 58:09
Hello Smiley Reilly! We do have a lot we can smile about, don't we? First, was the very happy greeting I got from you today. Next, would definitely be a sun shining so bright, that it was casting big, crisp shadows onto the clean, white snow. Other things on our list would be extra run buddies, freshly plowed pathways, and that I finally came across the Tuscany Moose today! I've been admiring that guy in other blogs for what feels like a couple years now. Boy, did you and Juno bark up a storm at him! I muscled you girls away from him and we u-turned back onto neighbourhood streets. It was a chill run, both in temperature and in our pace. I'm still not feeling great today and Juno was getting ice chunks building on her paw pads. I checked yours, but somehow you don't get that affliction. One more thing to smile about! Well, thanks for giving me so much to smile about today Reilly! Scoop: one poop and many pees.
DISTANCE: 8.03 km DURATION:1:05:57
Why is it always slipperiest when the weather is nice? I honestly have no idea but it was today. Rossi managed unscathed (it's probably that four paw drive) but I absolutely just wiped out. Thankfully, a bush caught me, even if it was most definitely a thorn bush. It was still better than bruising a bone. Our actual run was pretty uneventful besides that! It was a nice big loop that looks pretty nice on the map rather than our straight line across and Rossi seemed pretty excited to be going down a somewhat new path. I hope you enjoyed our time again bud! Scoop: 1 poop, several pees.
DISTANCE: 6.58 km . DURATION: 59:29
This is my first time running Polaris and Kobe since our free consultation run but I feel like I know them based on DGR Runner Tracy's blogs. These two are quite the pair! I decided they should both go out for some fresh air from the get go. Kobe lasted 20 minutes and then it was time to take him home and get some running in with Polaris. She is such a great runner and loves to shovel snow in her mouth. I also can't get over her smiles; which have the power to make me smile right back at her. I think she was pretty happy about the weather and the pizza boxes we found on the trail left behind by some students we saw walking back from lunch. I dissuaded her from pepperoni slices with a doggy treat. Thanks again for the lovely outing! The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees for Polaris. Kobe had 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.83 km DURATION: 55:25
On today’s walk with Jasper, the sun was shining so bright I could hardly see where I was going. Jasper and I needed sunglasses because the reflection off the snow made it almost impossible to see. We had a great walk today and stayed on our usual loop, but I think next week I will take him to River Park as it’s going to be my last walk with Jasper before I go away. As per usual, Jasper jumped and rolled around in the snow, while also taking a few breaks to catch his breath. I am definitely going to miss this guy and all his little quirks. I am looking forward to our next week's walks! The scoop: no poops, many pees.
DISTANCE: 6 km DURATION: 1 hr 5 min
Freckles surprised me when she ran around the corner to greet me. I forgot Archie was at daycare and that Freckles had free rein of the house. She seemed extra happy because of this and licked my face to say hello. Again, it appeared that this end of town had more snow than the rest, so we headed to the path around the pond to avoid constantly having to jump over snowbanks. We passed a high strung dog and I anticipated a reaction from Freckles and had her sit next to me and focus on me instead of the dog, which seemed to work well. My feet were still hurting me from the previous day, so we kept the jogging to a minimum and instead did a power walk. Freckles didn’t seem to mind this. Once she gets that initial burst of energy out, she seems to settle down into a nice pace. Looks like I’ll be seeing this girl again tomorrow along with her brother! Can’t wait! The scoop: a million pees, 1 giant poop.
DISTANCE: 12.14 km DURATION: 1:06:28
Hello Nell! I heard she was speedy but oh boy, nothing can prepare one for Nell on a mission! Today's mission was to give me an Express Tour of her neighbourhood that I really only saw as a blur. She is so athletic but also so well behaved that it was a true pleasure to be able to run her today. She was so good around other people and dogs. The only reason it took us just over an hour to do the 12 km was because of a few photo/snow rolls/pee breaks. She loves the snow! Although I'm not sure if it's the snow she loves or the chance to run her haltie off that she loved more. We ended the run with a sprint up her block to her home to try to get a bit more energy burnt off but that really only worked for me! She was ready to go for another hour. But unfortunately, I definitely was not! However, it was such a fun run with such a lovely girl that had I had the time I would've loved to let her take me further and faster. That amounted for an absolutely wonderful fun fast run Nell! 1 pee, no poop.
DISTANCE: 6.15 km DURATION: 1:00:42
Today Nikita and Lucy enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day together. The run started off on an exciting note for me as the girls took me skidooing in my running shoes down a fairly steep hill! It was a lot of fun! It was like being a kid again; especially watching Nikita pounce on snow balls that we kicked free as we went down. Lucy is such a trooper, even though the snow was up to her belly! There were a few off-leash dogs on the paths, so we took a couple detours and they seemed to enjoy the change in route. Although, they were such happy doggos today, that I'm sure no matter where I took them, their smiles would've been just as big! Thanks for the beautiful and entertaining run girls! I can't wait until next time! Nikita - 1 pee and 1 poop, Lucy - 6 pees and no poops.
DISTANCE: 9.19 km DURATION: 1:24:29
Oh, hello Kiddos! How is everyone today? Once again, it was silent when I came in the house. Pinky was sleeping in her chair, the other gals were at the top of the stairs, and only Shadow came to meet me. We got ready quickly and out we went. I don’t think Shadow was impressed with the weather again. It was another -20c morning and his face was completely white after few kilometres. Haha. We maintained a great speed today so Shadow should be very proud of himself! Then, it was the girls' turn. Pinky is always in the lead, followed by Mocha, and Java last. We got to see a few doggies out today so it was nice not to feel lonely out there. I guess the gang and me are ready for some great weather now! Shadow and Mocha had 1 poop each and a few pees. Java and Pinky had only a couple pees.