DISTANCE: 5.11 km DURATION: 1:15:44
What a great day to be outside! We had a bit of a pack run going on today, with my better half and both of our dogs, Jack and Rosie, joining Quinn and me. We had a fun romp around Nose Hill with many new doggie friends met along the way. Quinn, Jack and Rosie got along great and would veer off the path to chase each other in circles. Quinn was a fantastic listener, coming when she was called and staying close to the group; she was setting a great example for my two, who sometimes have selective hearing. One poop and many pees for Quinn today.
DISTANCE: 12.16 km DURATION: 1:12:20
I simply love my one-on one time with Lincoln. It is such a treat to run with him and not encounter other dogs or runners. In order for us to have this experience, we often turn around and take a different route if we see oncoming dogs. As a result, we explore new areas and go a bit longer. Lincoln is such a people pleaser and today at the stoplight he not only sat but lied down and then rolled over for a belly rub; what a loveable and goofy guy! Who can resist those gorgeous eyes? He is such a graceful runner that I also took a photo by the Body Barre studio. What a fun Friday run with this handsome boy. The business report: 1 poop and 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.48 km DURATION: 1:02:21
Fantastic walk with Molson and Roxy! We took it easy and the theme for today is "carefree." It was a breezy day and that was just fine for the pair as they appreciated the cooler air. We strolled in Lakeview, along the Reservoir, towards the water treatment facility and went over some familiar overpasses. Molson seemed very interested in the fast moving cars while crossing over a bridge. Perhaps he's hoping for a road trip in the near future! When we returned home, many friends and family welcomed them. Looks like more festivities to enjoy after our easy going outdoor adventure. The scoop: 2 pees for Roxy, many more pees for Molson. No poops to report.
DISTANCE: 9.76 km DURATION: 1:04:06
Mira was my muse today! After a quick chat at the beginning of the run, we headed for the coulee a slightly different way. Mira and I were a symbiotic, trail running pair as we glided along. I know it sounds crazy but we were running "as one". It was pretty magical. I did not want the trail to end! Once we were through it, we ascended a large, grassy hill and made our way back to Mira's. Tuscany, outside of the coulee, was a regular Watership Down today! Everywhere we turned, there was a rabbit taunting us! I had to talk Mira out of chasing the rabbits a number of times. It was rather eerie seeing so many rabbits in driveways, under cars, even groups in the street! Aurelia was at Mira's today so no need for a kennel visit with Mulligan. Pee=several Poop=0
DISTANCE: 8.19 km DURATION: 1:17:12
Attention everyone! Today, Jax decided that April 29th is now known as dog gone sniffing day😳 When I picked Jax up this afternoon I could tell he had his own agenda and he also knows I can't resist that face (so cute!) We started off at a fairly good pace and then I think the wind changed direction and Jax's nostrils led the way. It was a sniffathon.....everything and anything and EVERYONE!!!!😁 Jax was also very social today we had a friend join us for quite a while(cute!) Anyway, finally we made it to the end of the park and back home. Thanks Jax! It was fun as always. 4 poo's and numerous pees . Have a great weekend everyone!
DISTANCE: 8.09 km DURATION: 59:01
Sophie and I had an awesome first run together. We took it easy and walked for a few minutes every fifteen minutes. We met two different dogs today and one owner asked to try the meeting again. So Sophie got a few different chances to relax around new dogs! Sophie was great on the leash and loved running beside Nose Creek. One poop
DISTANCE: 6.00 km DURATION: 58:21I
It was a bit of a slow start today since Ria needed three poop breaks within the first 20 minutes of our run and sometimes those spots have to be "just the right spot". This left me with no spare poop bags (never a good situation) and a feeling that we weren't going to get much out of our run today. Fortunately she had done all she needed to do and we came across a little bit a paradise that felt like we were in the wilderness in between some densely populated neighbourhoods. More paths we had never traveled before. What a treat it is to find something new. I know it made the run extra special for me and I think Ria enjoyed the experience too.
DISTANCE: 6.91 km DURATION: 56:37
So when I picked Violet up today, her owner, Anna said she heard us on the radio this week. She asked if I was thinking of Violet at all when giving the interview. And yes, for part of it, I was. So here's what you need to know about Miss Violet. She is so happy to see me when I get there. And yes, she is anxious to get out the door which tells me she associates happiness with our outings. But then, she thinks, I really don't feel like going out. I'd rather go back home. Today, we zig zagged in front of her house for a few minutes until I thought, let's go to Edworthy. And then here's the other thing you need to know about Violet. In my interview I talked about the sheer joy of running that these pups show me all the time. And Miss Violet is no exception. So I took pics and videos to show just how happy she is to be out on her runs. She even exuberantly jumped into a mud puddle! On a day when I forgot to put a towel in my truck, of course! That's okay. We cleaned her up upon our return. One poop and one pee for Violet.
DISTANCE: 8.63 km DURATION: 1:06:10
Thursday running with Huck is like hanging out with your best mate; it is just "easy and care-free" being together. Now don't get me wrong here about the easy bit, Huck loves to run and wants a challenge! Which he handles with 4 paws up always. He loves up hills, trail running, trees and bushes with new smells and let's get that heart rate up!! His presence and spending time together for that special exercise adventure has become a real treat and something I look forward to. And by Huck's energetic welcome each time I know he feels the same. Today Beamish joined us for " Increase Your Heart Rate & Keep Moving Extravaganza" and he definitely would not use the word "easy" 😉 Beamish always checks out what Huck sniffs and smells just a few steps behind. The Doggy Business Report - lots of pees for Huck.
DISTANCE: 8.6 km DURATION: 55:00
Well, I was all prepared to take today's run a little easier as Kayto is recovering from sore armpits. However, Kayto and Mona wouldn't hear of it. They were in a mood to run! Maybe we were too fast because my run somehow vanished on my RunKeeper app. We repeated a route we do quite often, but around 5 minutes faster than usual. The route is through the off-leash section of Edworthy Park, down the hill , along the river and up the Douglas Fir Trail. The photos were luckily still on the phone as they were good ones. One from the top of the hill, overlooking the river valley and the other one showing how much these pups love trail running. The doggy business: one poop for Kayto and several pees for both dogs.
DISTANCE: 8.09 km DURATION: 59:06
Why should Dogs Run? I was asked this question on the weekend and have been coming up with a rather large list of reasons why. Abby & Reilly today totally solidified and reinforced my list not once today but 4 times in row. We came upon a very feisty terrier on a retractable leash out for a walk who lunged at us and the owner pulled up on the leash and this poor little guy was growling almost in mid air. Next was a super large pit bull taking his owner for a walk and stopped in a very aggressive stance off the pathway. Then there was pug who growled and snorted on his walk at us and lastly a golden doodle who snapped at Abby and lurched forward. With all 4 of these encounters which was a true anomaly, Abby, Reilly and I kept our pace, never was there a pull or growl from either Abby or Reilly. Our energy never reacted to any of these situations. Their tails wagged, tongues hanging out, ears relaxed and we all just kept running. 🐾Dogs love to run and it is so good for their mental health & confidence.
DISTANCE: 7.73 km DURATION: 51:58
Cooper and I found the Steepest Hill at Edworthy Park and I challenged him to a race up the hill. Ahhh, Cooper won, surprisingly. Not! Cooper didn't even tire, I was quite the opposite. We both got a second wind and ran well on the way home. Coop's business: 1 poo 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.34 km DURATION: 1:05:28
Roxy and Molson got to explore Aspen Trail this morning searching out all the treasures and finding all the nooks and crannies that the forest can offer. We did a number of loops to enjoy the setting. The end of the loop brought us back to the dog park. Lots of other dogs to visit including an amorous Golden Lab who managed to break his lease during the effort. One poo each 2 pees for Roxy and 5 for Molson.
DISTANCE: 10.19 km DURATION: 1:01:50
Talus and I had a great run today. We ran through Confluence Park and she was just itching to get into the stream! We met another dog who could have cared less about us. He and his owner were training to become birders. It was very cool to see! Finally when I let Talus off-leash for a drink in the cool water, she stayed at the edge waiting for me to give her the go ahead! Can I? Can I? Can I? She was so doting today! In the picture you can see her waiting patiently. And after I gave her the okay, she jumped and splashed and had herself a bath!
DISTANCE: 8.08 km DURATION: 58:27
Harley and Teddy are quite the pair together. When we hit the of-leash area on the Douglas Fir Trail, they are in their element playing chase with one another. Teddy usually barks and gives chase and Harley tumbles on his belly and leaps through puddles. These antics continue full force while they are off-leash and sprinting through the woods and up wooden steps until we get descend down the same climb and head back to the well traveled pathway. The boys' behaviour then changes on-leash to mild mannered and calm. Sometimes I think they have split personalities as I have seen their wild side. I am really enjoying the off-leash time ; especially as Harley gets to know me better and listens. In the photo, I asked him to lie down and he kindly obliged. The business report: no poops and 4 pees.