What a great week it was with Huxley at our house and stopping by daily to see Pink, Oskar, Norton, & the fish. Huxley helped me several times with my running speed work. This giant Teddy Bear is one big mass of love ❤️. Whoever meets him just has to hug him! Huxley obliges with leaning into you and soaks up all you have to offer. Lots of car trips and outings with playdates were part of our time together. I will see you next Spring Break, that is if I can wait that long. Pack your suitcase anytime Huxley!! Big Hugs!
Pet Sitter: Michelle
I had the pleasure of looking after Miss Stella for 10 days! Estela was stellar! I had my own dog, a Brussels Griffon named Marvin, and the two immediately were hanging out together like a little brother and sister. The dog park on Nose Hill was definitely a highlight. And the fact I had rubber boots was very necessary!! I came to realize the miraculous thing about Estela is she actually repelled a lot of the mud and water, and as for Marvin... well he needed lots of leg/belly washes in the tub! It was a pleasure to be able to have Stella around for 10 days. My schedule worked out well that we spent quite a bit of time together and she is an amazing pup! She listens so well ♥️. Thank you so much!!
Pet Sitter: Wendy
I had a fun stay, full of many cuddles over the past few days! Sully and Kenny can both be counted on to give the most exuberant greetings...even if I've just left the house to take the garbage out! Biggles (the cat) is in there like a dirty shirt with the dogs, and I don't think I'll ever get over how cute it is watching cats and dogs play together! Our nights were cozy, with at least two if not all three fur babies joining me for snuggles in bed; just the way I like it! We took several daily strolls and I can certainly identify the most interesting spots to stop for a good sniff and bathroom breaks. Our last day together was by far my favourite. We had a clear and sunny day at the park and Kenny made a new friend. He absolutely loved playing with a rather large puppy. Sully was more than happy to constantly chase balls before resigning himself to basking in the sun, while chewing on and guarding his two orange balls. There are always so many super cute photos and photo ops, but here are a few of my faves!
Pet Sitter; Christine
DISTANCE: 8.35 km DURATION: 1:17:39
My friend Freckles must have had a busy week because she wasn’t pressed for time today! No problem. I’m right there with ya sister.😆 Don’t get me wrong, in true Freckles fashion, we left the gates sprinting and just like that it was over. Freckles needed a moment (or 5😂). We then carried on and I was thinking to myself.. What a great way to end the week! I’m with the ever so Fabulous Freckles and I get a nice easy flat run. 😶 OF COURSE, Freckles lured me to the trails where we had to climb a rather steep hill and I agreed.🤪 But after that, we were both a little breathless and took our time heading back to the crib. Thanks for being so fabulous today Freckles! Have a great weekend! 2 poos (1 runny) and many pees today. CHEERS!
DISTANCE: 8.35 km DURATION: 1:17:39
Today was perfect weather for Lucy and me! Once we got going, the wind turned from chilly to refreshing and we were able to put on some miles. Dad joined us again, much to Lucy's delight, and we had a fantastic run. Dad and I are both training for races so our legs were a little tired, but Lucy is a great motivator! There are lots of critters out, and Lucy saw a crow, a mouse, and a gopher! The mouse ran right in front of us and surprised us so much that it had time to get away before even Lucy reacted. She had a great back scratch on some dry grass, and sniffed at a few sticks but none of them met her standards. Next time Lucy! When we got back home, Dad kept going to get in a few more kms and head back to work, and I captured Lucy's 'why is he leaving me?' face! She can be so dramatic! She was pretty tired at this point though so I'm sure once we got inside she was looking forward to napping. I know I am! Thanks for the great run Lucy! I can't wait until Monday! 1 pee, 1 poop, 0 mice.
DISTANCE: 5.31 km DURATION: 57:11
Byrdie and Teddy greeted each other like it had been ages since they last saw each other but it was only last Friday. Maybe that is longer than we think as we usually calculate 1 year in a dog's life as 7 years. It was a cool but refreshing morning and we headed to the off-leash trail by the Science Centre. Teddy got lots of time fetching and Byrdie raced after Teddy. On the way up the hill, a Flat-Coated St. Bernard pup named Groves joined the party. Byrdie just watched as Groves and Teddy chased after the ball. On the way home, Byrdie also started kissing Teddy and she actually jumped off the ground. I wished I had a photo of that moment but I will store it in my memory bank. The Scoop: Byrdie has 1 pee about 5 paces from her front door. Thanks for being always making my week end on a high note.
DISTANCE: 7.08 km DURATION: 1:16:37
Happy Thursday! Polaris gave me quite the smooch when I walked in the door... it made my eyes water😆 Today was a bit of an experiment with Polaris. Her human informed me that if she carries a ball in her mouth it calms her around other pooches. OKAY! I’ll try anything so I put one in my pocket just in case😬. We hit the streets running and I decided to add on a kilometre in the beginning of our run so Kobe wouldn’t give me the old stink eye. It worked! 😜 We also did a little exploring today, I still got the stink eye😂 But, we came across many pooches this afternoon so I gave Polaris her ball and what a difference it made! Completely different pooch!😁 She was calm and instead of focusing on everything else, (except for the delicious smell of course) her focus was all about the ball and her tail didn’t stop wagging once. YAY! Thanks for a fantastic run you two crazy kids! 2 poos for Polaris; none for Kobe, and many pees each. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 6.19 km . DURATION: 56:56
Well Girls. It’s my last DGR run. When I told that to ‘Mom’ she said “what an honour!” This led me to think that this last run was going to be in honour of all that is great about dog running. First to honour Gibbons’ and Toki’s curiosities, we went off the beaten path and let them explore with their noses. We ended up in mud up to our ankles but it made them happy so it was worth it. Next to honour their athleticism, we headed for some open roads and opened up our strides. This brought Vizsla smiles to both of their faces as they were running. Of course, I had to honour their beauty with many, many photos. As well as honour their affection for the people in their lives. And let them give big sloppy kisses on my face. Even Toki snuck in a kiss or two. The honour is mine to have been one of those people in Gibbons’, Toki’s, and their human parents’ lives. Truly. Thank you for making this last DGR run so very special for me. Scoop: two pees each.
DISTANCE: 8.17 km . DURATION: 59:04
Rossi and I took a rambling run down the roads of hill country today. It’s sounds a lot more quaint than it actually is because honestly hill workouts are not my fave. It was totally a different path for Rossi too so he was pretty reluctant to start off that way. However, once we got to it, he was quite comfortable running along the long grass. We also found a lovely, secluded off-leash and fenced-off dog park so I had to get Rossi in there for just a bit, even if it wasn’t terribly big, I think he had some fun and it was in this nice random park by the Children’s Hospital. It’s always good to shake things up, Rossi! It makes those other runs so much better! The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
DIStANCE: 9.82 km DURATION: 56:07
Happy Friday Lincoln! I am mostly recovered from my cold, but my goal for us today is to take things a little slower than usual. Linc is just happy being outside, so the slower pace was no bother to him. It's our first official spring run together, and we saw lots of spring things: squirrels galore, puddles to dodge, and a canoe! They must be prepping it for the water... at least I hope so because it's not really an attractive lawn decoration! Linc and I successfully ran slow today, but from the looks of it, Linc got a little bored, so hopefully Monday I am ready to up the pace again! Have a great weekend. Dog business: 1 poop, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.88 km DURATION: 1:08:13
TGIF, Nell! I am sorry about yesterday; I felt like I was running around like crazy and was afraid I wouldn't make it to our evening run on time. Thankfully, I had no plans today, so it made sense to schedule my day around you! It was a lovely lunch run; slower than our usual pace. Nell sure took advantage of the shady spots for a few must needed rests. Even though it was cloudy, it was still a pretty warm day out there. It might take this sweet girl a few days to acclimatize the warmer weather. I know I need to start dressing with fewer layers. I have gotten into the habit of wearing so many clothes that now that it's so much warmer, I have no idea how to dress! Give us a few more runs; we will figure out this whole Spring thing. The slower pace gave us a little more time to enjoy one another's company. It was lovely! Thanks for the excellent lunch run, Nell! See you Sunday for our long one! See you then — no scoop to report today.
DISTANCE: 8.39 km DURATION: 1:27:59
Happy Friday gang! I know, the weekend is around the corner but again, Mr. Weatherman is supposed to play some tricks on us. Snow and more snow! Haha...But today we had an awesome run. This time we went counter clock-wise and since Shadow knew I had treats, he complied happily! We have decided that we will have treat stations so when we arrive at home, we have a few treats 🤪. Shadow is ok with it and the sardines were a big hit as expected. The girls were up next. Mocha and Java was happy to get out with Shadow! The Kiddos went for an extra 1.5km. The ladies took their time and it allowed Shadow time to cool off. Shadow had 2 poops and a few pees. Mocha had a poo and few pees. Java had only one pee.
DISTANCE: 6.69 km . DURATION: 1:04:31
You would think it was spring! Marley was a happy guy and took every chance to roll, snow dive, and pretty much celebrate the morning. We took to the dog park and then out to the reservoir to enjoy the sun. Two poos and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.16 km DURATION: 1:22:46
Today was an interesting day with my two gal pals Mona and Reilly.😬 We left the building walking!🤷🏿♀️ But as soon as we saw a group of older folks, Reilly and Mona kicked it into high gear for a minute... I guess they were trying to impress!😂 After that, things went back to normal. I have a theory about these two, a conspiracy theory that is.😜 They decide how long and how fast they’ll go before it’s time to party! Crossing in front of me and around my back, I’ve never lifted my legs so much! No I haven’t taken on all their habits yet😳 I know I hang out with a lot of pooches but come on! I’m pretty sure they do this so they can be released from their shackles! Smart eh? ( can’t believe I just wrote that) Anyways, we finished up and our friend Reilly wasn’t ready to go in so she pretended to have a nap on the driveway while Mona and I had a picnic (no) Mona did! Thanks for hanging with me today ladies! It’s always a treat! 1 poo and many pees each. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 6.83 km DURATION: 59:21
It was a little chillier this morning than it was on Tuesday, so Gibbons was a little hesitant to get out of bed this morning. After lots of kisses and cuddles and encouragement, I had both of the girls dressed and ready to go. We had a slow start, as Gibbons still wasn’t sure how keen she was to run, but soon enough we were making our way down to Valley Ridge. I took the girls on some single-track trails today; a first for the three of us. Gibbons and Toki seemed to be very interested in all of the smells in the forest and seemed to be pulling me the entire time. Despite the slow start to our day, the three of us still had a lovely morning run! The scoop: 1 pee each, no poops.