DISTANCE: 9.13 km DURATION: 1:05:22
Quinn loves bunnies just like every other dog I have ever met! This morning was a 4 bunny run with our first sighting only moments from leaving the front doorsteps. Quinn's mom had warned me she might be pretty excited but I was actually really impressed with her ability to contain herself. She has been to some core training classes and it shows! We did some steep hill climbs in Edgemont before exploring Hawkwood. I have not had the opportunity to run Quinn for awhile and I forgot how light she is on her toes. She really is graceful and a joy to run. Yesterday, I did a 30K run for marathon training so I was surprised at how great I felt with Quinn. I did appreciate her helping me up the last hill when we spotted bunny #4. and Quinn picked up the pace Thanks for being patient Quinn and letting me run you on this beautiful Sunday morning. The scoop: 1 poo and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.87 km DURATION: 37:40
I had the pleasure of running our newest DGR athlete, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie X named Timber. When I opened the door to meet her, I instantly fell in love. As many of you know, I am partial to chocolate doggies. Timber and I headed out moments after meeting and made our way to Nose Hill. She is not even 2 years old and is very well behaved and listens to commands like "Sit" and "Heel." She is a pretty steady gal and I think she can easily run 8-10k in an hour. I am excited to find out tomorrow when we get to run again. She seemed to like the trails and we even saw a beautiful purple crocus. Welcome to the DGR pack Timber! The scoop: 2 pees and 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 4.99 km DURATION: 45:00
Hello Loki! Yes I've got a little surprise for you! Not only do you get to go out again, but we are going to go for a short drive. Paige was scheduled to run Loki, but encountered some collar problems that delayed the start of their run, and she had to be somewhere and knew she couldn't fit in a full hour's run. So she played with Loki in the backyard so that he could show her his stick collection, and then had to dash. Once I got there, I knew where I wanted to go, but quite frankly my foot was aching from the three runs I've done over the last two days, so I needed to expedite a little. So we drove to the ridge overlooking Bowmont and briskly walked via some trails to the fenced in off-leash area. There we played a rousing game of fetch that left Loki grinning and breathless! So happy I got to spend some Friday Fun with my furry friend, Loki! Business: one pee.
DISTANCE: 8.05 km DURATION: 53:54
Happy Friday, Sam! It was nicer today, than it was the last time we ran. No snow is always a plus. At first, it didn't seem like Sam wanted to run. The fence posts were more interesting. And there are a lot of posts in the area. But he seemed satisfied after the 20th one and he started to run. There were a lot of other dogs out on the path, and Sam was really good at not being distracted by them. When we first started running together, he was somewhat aggressive towards other dogs, but now we're able to keep running. Maybe he knew he would be getting a treat for being so well behaved. Thanks for the run Sam! One poop and many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.8 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
Kenny, thank you for being so patient while I took your brother Sully first on his walk. Kenny had been cuddling with his family when I got him all worked up and then left him at his house. No worries, I made up for it. When it was Kenny's turn, we ran into so many friends including DGR dog Indy with his mom who were out for a run. We also got to River Park and saw DGR Runner Janine and DGR dog Kamber. Kenny was fully of energy today and played with so many dogs. This Friday was all about fun, frolicking in the woods and friends. I think in the end, Kenny would agree that sometimes good things are worth the wait. The Scoop: 1 poop and 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.00 km DURATION: 31 minutes
Today's walk with Sully is brought to you by the colour green. Much to Kenny's dismay, I decide to take his brother Sully out first. Sully and I really enjoyed our stroll as everything is so green from the recent snow/rain. Sully really enjoyed smelling the grass. We found some sticks to play with today but the really "find" was a green ball. One of the photos here shows Sully hiding the green ball in his mouth. The other green item is Sully's nice green collar. We tried a couple of sprints in the grass but otherwise, it was just a nice even paced brisk walk. Great job Sullivan! The Scoop: o poop, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.85 km DURATION: 1:04:57
Hi Juno! It's time for our fun and friend-filled Friday run! Earlier this week I was blogging about how lucky Juno N. is to run with some great DGR dogs. But I have to say although she loves all her run buddies, she is the most excited to run with the beautiful Husky that shares her name! The only way I can get her to settle down is to start running. So that's what we did. We started at such a lovely pace. Very steady, and not too fast or slow. But it was me that broke that spell. I had to field some texts and calls and wasn't able run and multi-task. And every time I walked, the girls took advantage and stopped to sniff around. So they figured that was to be the agenda for the rest of the run. Well sometimes by week's end you gotta just go with the flow into the weekend! Have a good one Juno! Scoop: three pees.
DISTANCE: 6.96 km DURATION: 1:01:27
It was such a pleasure getting out with these two this morning! They were waiting at the front door for me; such beautiful faces in the window. My favourite moment with Molson was when he gave me a mischievous look and the promptly plopped down on his back to roll in something. When he got up he had a huge grin and brown dirt on his head that he sported until we got home! My second fave was when he gave me a sweet cuddle goodbye. My fave moment with Roxy was when I wiped her belly clean and it felt so good her head was way back and her hind leg was kicking. My fave moments of them together was when they saw a squirrel and became glued together (see pic) to work as a team to find a way to get at him. Also I loved when they played/wrestled when we got back home!! The best canine duo! The scoop - M: 1 poop, 5 pees, R: 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.24 km DURATION: 1:00:28
It's Friday and time for a dosage of 'Lucy Loving.' Hi Miss L,, ready to going running? Oh...you want to make your bed first? Or at least take the blankets out of you crate. I think Lucy knew this was not one of our regular days. Off we went like lightening and we had some speed and zip in our step. I must admit that happy smiling face looking up at me really pushed me. (It's not easy to run when you are teary-eyed) So speed was our friend today. At the end of the run Lucy gave me some big 'Goodbye Kisses.' Lucy you are the greatest! 😘 I will miss my weekly medicine but I just know that you have a lot more 'Days to Make' for some very fortunate runners. Xo Xo Aunty Michelle. The Doggy Business Report: 1 & 1.
DISTANCE: 8.16 km DURATION: 1:02:32
It was a choppy run with Mira today. She is fast and on the move, especially when she sees the bunnies. We were able to explore the beautiful paths of Tuscany and the weather was perfect for our speed. In the end we got a bit turned around (mostly me 😬) and I forgot which direction the house was. Alas, we found our way home. Mira had 7 pees and one poop.
DISTANCE: 9.35 km DURATION: 1:05:03
Lincoln greeted me with a wet kiss...on my nose! We had a pretty chill run today as there were quite a few different dogs out in yards...which made for a fairly jumpy Lincoln. The slower pace allowed me to be more prepared for sudden changes in direction 😉. Lincoln enjoyed the route as there were many different sights and sounds to take in! I got one last cuddle in at the end of our run and had the chance to have a quick chat with Fae as well, as this will likely be my last run with Lincoln for a while at least. It been great getting to know the whole family! One poop and many pees today.
DISTANCE: 5.39 km DURATION: 1:02:06
"Your focus needs more focus." Someone once told the Karate Kid that message, and it was one I shared with Marley today. He was really happy to see me, but his enthusiasm ended there. We got about a block away from his house and he laid down in the middle of the bike path. Not THIS again!! When you run a dog that's as big as a horse, it seems fair to take a cue from the equestrian world...so I tapped into my riding rules and used them to corral Marley's distraction. He didn't get a "loose rein" today; we choked right up on it to keep his head, eyes, and nose is and focused on moving forward. And what do you know? It (mostly) worked! We were able to run some longer sections than usual, and also able to pass some dogs without incident. Although we still didn't put up the kind of distance numbers that I'd like, we felt a lot more productive today than the last few times, so we'll call that a win. Keep practicing your focus, Marley! The scoop: 1 poop, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.23 km DURATION: 57:13
Helloooo Kamber! I got some excited barks from Ms. Kamber upon my arrival, I think she was looking forward to her run today! That, or she was showing off for her (human) grandma and grandpa 😄. Today's run is brought to you by Kamber's ball; I'm pretty sure she doubled our distance with all the fetch we played along the way! As you can see from the second photo, fetch is pretty much the best game ever. Along our way, we also ran into DGR Runner and Owner Ruth, who was out with Teddy and Kenny. We chatted a little while the dogs romped around, though Kamber was still more interested in her ball then the other dogs. She did really well, though, as sometimes she's a little awkward around other dogs, she mostly watched the other two run around. I think all the fetch was catching up to Kamber by the end; she was starting to slow down a bit in the last couple kilometres, so we took a few walking breaks and a couple rolls in the grass as we made our way back. See you next week Kamber! One pee and one poop for Kamber
DISTANCE: 5.15 km DURATION: 1:00:21
Buddy and Roxy greeted me today with a lot of barking - Stranger Danger!! Thankfully their mom was home to help me get them leashed up and on our way. I'm thinking Buddy maybe wasn't feeling quite himself, he had some yucky, suspect poops and wasn't very willing to run, so we mixed in some walking. I felt bad for the poor guy, we human runners know that it's no fun to run with a sour tummy! We stopped for photo time around Fish Creek Park where Roxy was a good little model for me. Hope you're feeling better tomorrow, Buddy! No more stealing snacks maybe! The scoop: 2 poops for Roxy, 5 abnormal looking poops for Buddy, and 2 pees each.
DISTANCE: 10.04 km DURATION: 1:12:52
Good Morning Reilly Girl🌝. Oh my, you are very excited to see me, I even received a tiny little howl to indicate 'let's run'. So Girlfriend, this is our last run together on a regular basis so let's pick our favourite route and really make today's run special.. Well as you can probably guess, Bowmont bound we were🐾. The park was brilliant, the dampness making everything smell fresh with hints of spring playing peek-a-boo all over. Reilly loves Bowmont. Her ears stand straight up and nose just goes. I like to think this is her favourite route too. Of course (in my head) we had to take one more selfie shot and Reilly was 'Okay enough of this mushy stuff, let's keep running'. So home we headed and after a pretty big wipe down Reilly headed to her bed. She gave me the look that said 'Hey where are my belly rubs?'. Well of course I can't leave without those Girlfriend 😊 And she also let me have another little snuggle. Thank you Reilly Girl. The Doggy Business Report: 2 poops (last one was soft) and multiple pees.