Sunday I was greeted by two very excited dogs. However, I would say that most of the week these two goody pups gave vacation vibes. They are very relaxed and like to take lots of naps! The first night I mostly slept alone, having just gotten acquainted with these two gems. But by the last night they were both sleeping in the same room as me asking to be allowed on the bed! On Tuesday, I took Ennis and Stella to the park nearby and boy was Ennis annoyed to have to walk at Stella’s pace. Once we got to the park, he finally got to run around a bit, and Stella mostly just waddled over to the other dog owners to get some love. It was a short trip as Stella isn’t so young and nubile. One evening, these two silly dogs got themselves all riled up over nothing! Ennis sneezed loudly, having been woken up by Ennis, Stella thought he had barked so she started barking and then Ennis hearing Stella barking thought that there must be something to bark at. So, they continued to bark in the middle of the night at nothing! Once they had quieted down, they looked a little confused at each other as if to say, “I barked because you were barking” and they other would say “but I was only barking because YOU were barking!” This contrasts to our last night together when Ennis was very nervous because of the thunder and lightning. He tried to find the smallest and darkest spot to fit himself into to feel better. Poor guy. Stella, however, appeared totally unfazed. Additionally, it was this fateful night that we had all that rain and the basement took in A LOT of water! Luckily, the plumbers were able to make it over fast the next morning. Ennis is a really good runner, and we had a couple short but fast passes around the neighbourhood throughout the week and he LOVED it. His leash manners are at their most excellent, it seems, when he is running! I tried to keep up his social activities since he seems to get regular trips to the park and pack walks so I introduced him to my dog, Steven, at the park and the next day we had a little pack walk together. Several evenings I took Ennis to the park again. He is not the most exuberant of dog-park goers but he still has some youth in him. I tossed a ball for him (not too far or he wouldn’t even pretend to go grab it) and he would jump all around to chase after it. He is not as nimble as he used to be so it made a good laugh watching him try to catch a bouncy ball because most of the time he would miss! I REALLY wanted to take Ennis on a little hike with me on Thursday, but everything was still SO wet and not only did I not want to ruin any of our beautiful trails but having seen the fuss Ennis makes when you simply wipe his feet clean… I would hate to have to try to hose him down or give him a full on bath! I turned the hose on to water the flowers in the yard one morning and he took one look at it and immediately bolted back into the house! Lovely Stella was my cuddle buddy, she got jealous any time I gave Ennis attention and would butt her head against whatever hand I was petting him with to say “it’s my turn now”. She seems very old and sore until she hears a squirrel or someone at the door and she immediately sheds 5 years and bolts! That little lady still has a lot of power in her. I tried to give them both a good brush mid-week, Ennis was looking like he was still shedding his winter coat and I thought I would try to help him out a bit. He seemed to really enjoy it at first, but quickly lost his patience and ran away! Stella on the other hand, once I found a couple real sweet spots on her hips wouldn’t let me go anywhere alone if I had the brush I my hand! It was a very lovely week with Ennis and Stella, I will miss them both!
Pet Sitter: Gabi
Oliver The Great was our house guest for this work week. He is such a gentle soul. Monday started off with making a new friend, 5-year-old Linden who came for dinner. These two played and played. Tuesday was his ’Office Manager Shift’ at my office. His biggest duty was to catch up on a few extra winks he needed🤣. Wednesday was all backyard play and his frisbee. Thursday saw buckets of rain and after his playdate & walk at Nosehill with buddy Huxley, it was time to get in long weekend mode. Friday morning came too early for us. Wish you could have stayed longer Oliver. You truly are ’The Greatest’.
Pet Sitter: Michelle
DISTANCE: 8.30 km DURATION: 1:30:51
Good Morning Big M - I was looking for you in the window. Oh, there you are. All ready to go, and waiting outside adding little squeaks of delight. You must know it is the Friday to kick off Canada Day long weekend. To celebrate, let's head over to Doggy Playground (aka River Park). Marley put his speedy gear into motion when he heard 'Off-leash'. Everyone loves Marley! He plays with young, old, big, and small. He does fantastic at the off-leash. On the way home, we met up with lots of people & pooches that wanted to visit. What do you think Marley? Can we start the Long Weekend Mode early?😂 Let's just say our return home portion was not in a 'speedy gear'. The Doggy Business Report: 1 healthy poop and about 7 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.94 km DURATION: 1:01:26
What could be better than a warm summer day's run along the Elbow River? Well, maybe a long, cool drink when we're done! Kahlua was a wonderful running companion. We cruised along the high and muddy Elbow and meandered our way through the shady streets of Elbow Park and Mount Royal. Kahlua kept up a steady pace; only stopping occasionally to smell the grass. We even enjoyed a little off-road bushwhacking; outrunning the mosquitoes. It was a pleasure to spend Friday afternoon with you Kahlua. Now for that long, cool drink, right? The scoop: one poo and four pees for Kahlua.
DISTANCE: 5.11 km DURATION: 51:59
I really had to convince Gibbons this morning that the rain had disappeared after last night’s storm, and that our run today would be filled with nothing but blue skies! As soon as we got outside, she was thrilled to feel the heat and eager to pull us up the hills behind Crestmont for a hike to start our run off. With all of the rain, came an abundance of vegetation and taller grass than we had ever seen before! Little did we all know, we were in for a surprise... Silly me, I didn’t think about how much rain we actually got overnight and running down the hill felt more like surfing down a mudslide!! Once we had escaped the slippery slopes, we headed for our favourite figure eight route around the ponds; hoping for some mist to cool us down (thankfully our wish came true). It was a warm one today, which served as a great reminder to keep hydrated in the heat this summer! Time for some backyard shenanigans and lounging in the shade. The scoop: 2 pees for Gibbs and 1 pee for Toki.
DISTANCE: 5.43 km DURATION: 54:58
Good Day Gogol! I once had to do a paper on a book called, "The Namesake". The main character was named Gogol. Oh, what's that? This doesn't interest you? You just want to go outside? Okay, say no more! Gogol wanted to GoGo. We ran the first half of our hour together, but closer to the end my go go gadget runner slowed down. I too was hot! We avoided the land mines (rabbits, pigeons and squirrels) during our run. Unfortunately, this overly attractive puddle got the best of Gogol and he decided to try and make a quick pitstop in it. I didn't blame him, it was 1 p.m. on a sunny day! When we arrived home, I cleaned up Gogol's paws. I think he enjoyed it because he was licking my arms and giving me kisses! The puddle won this time Gogol. You won't be so lucky next time! 3 poops and multiple pees.
DISTANCE: 6.34 km DURATION: 56:00
Now this is what I call a summer morning. The sun was high in the sky, but still casting a one of a kind morning shadow. The lingering coolness of yesterday's rain was slowly being overtaken by summer's warm embrace. And of course, a smiling, happy, panting pup was patiently waiting for her morning run. Byrdie and I walked on a path by the train tracks where cyclists' commuting to work or elsewhere sped past us. She ran in and out of the tall wet grass that was almost twice as tall as she was. There were lots of birds on the path, but they weren't there for their morning workout. They were feasting on the worms who came to the surface; thinking it would be safer up there. Well, they thought wrong as beaks ripped out their insides. We salute you worms, thank you for your service! 0 poo 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 10.08 km DURATION: 1:12:40
Today Lincoln and I got to actually run! Last time we ran it was so smokey we didn't cover too much distance, but today we had perfect weather and Lincoln was able to stretch his legs. He marked probably every tree we came across for the first few kms, then settled into a nice steady pace. Were it not for the steadily rising temperatures, he could have kept that pace for hours. We weaved around trying to stay in shade and avoiding the few other dogs that were out. He gets very alert when we pass other dogs but he's such a good boy that all he needs is a reminder that he's 'working' (aka running) and we can pass by with no problem. Even when we saw a cat, he was easy to redirect. We went a bit longer to get 10 km in, and by that point he was fairly regularly laying down and rolling in wet grass, so we turned towards home and had a few minutes to cool off in his front yard. He's such a handsome boy, and a total dream to run. Thanks for the great morning Lincoln! I hope you had a much fun as I did! 1 poop, 6 ish pees. We also saw an early dog gone runner! 😅
DISTANCE: 5.31 km DURATION: 1:00:28
I really thought Zenna and I were gonna make it a real good run today. We started off going real fast. But true to form, 20 minutes in and lots of stops later she was telling me that it was her turn to lead the way. We had lots of stops in the shade after that. She was just itching to get in the river today. But oof, it is real high, fast, stinky, and dirty! Sorry Zenna but that was a definite no today, I think she may have been annoyed with me after that LOL! However it was awesome running in the sunshine this morning, even though Zenna acted like it was too hot for her I think she was just being a silly girl (we didn't even go that far - haha). The scoop, 3 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 5.93 km DURATION: 50:22 Shadow
DISTANCE: 1.99 km DURATION: 28:48 Mocha, Pinky and Java
What better way to start your long weekend than a Portie party! It was a great day to go for a run (thank you sun!) After introducing myself to "Mom", and giving many pets to Mocha, Java and Pinky - Shadow and I headed off. I wasn't very familiar with the neighbourhood, so we stayed close! Shadow politely greeted all the dogs that too, were out for their morning stroll. We passed by some ducks sitting in a pond, but Shadow was unbothered by both the water and the ducks, he just wanted to run! The focus however, was lost during some delightful smelling grass. We played some stop and go, Shadow marked his territory all over the neighbourhood, had 3 poops, then we returned home. He immediately went for his ball haha. I love a dog with never-ending energy! See you soon Shadow! Hello again pack! Shadow had his turn, so now I get to take Java, Mocha and Pinky out! I haven't walked three dogs before and I was thinking how appropriate it would be to have been an octopus during the walk. Lucky for me this pack is awesome on leash! We made a big loop, Pinky and Java leading the way. Mocha and I just happily followed along! Pinky was interested in the ducks on the water (Unlike brother Shadow!). I explained to her that even though she is a water dog, we won't be doing any swimming today lol. Maybe next time! All 3 pups had a poop and lots of pees. They returned home happy! See you all soon.
DISTANCE: 9.62 km DURATION: 1:35:42
Happy Friday Mira! As I suspected, the streets and pathways were busy with people and their pooches today. So Mira and I had to travel a little farther than usual to find her a place to party!😊 When we finally made it to the back forty, everything was flooded! Mira didn’t seem to mind but I had to do some fancy footwork and anyone who knows me knows I’m a klutz😬 Up and down the trails we slid and then there was a deer! My heart skipped a beat because Mira was free- ranging at the time but again she surprised me and stuck by my side when I called her. (even though her face told a different story) Who is this dog and what have they done with Mira!😜 Well done SWEET CHEEKS! After that fun, we climbed the long hill all the way back home. Thanks for another excellent adventure my friend! 1 poo and several pees. CHEERS!
DISTANCE: 10.30 km DURATION: 1:10:26
Happy FRIDAY, Nell! And happy long weekend, YAHOO!! No better way to kick off my weekend away in Nashville than with a little Nell run as a send-off. The sun was shining on this hot summer's afternoon; it was outstanding. We cruised along the river on a mission today. My long runs for my marathon have officially begun. From here on out, I will have Nell to help me break up the distances by keeping me company. Thankfully today, it was only a couple km's on my own, but I sure will be thankful for her when the 30km runs come around, and she gets to distract me for an hour or so. She is the best training partner ever! Thanks for the great run Nell. Enjoy your long weekend and your run with Colton! See you on Wednesday!! WAHOO! The scoop: 2 pees and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 4.51 km DURATION: 1:02:02
🐾Oodles and Oodles of Doodle Love.🐾 Hi Huxley, if we hurry to your surprise we may, miss the rain. Huxley was ready to go, but he thought he was going to pick up his Thursday Bestie. Surprise, we are at my house! Plus, who pops out into the backyard to greet Huxley......his Doodle friend Oliver. Oliver has been staying with us since Monday. I was so glad that we could pair these two up again. We walked over to Nosehill and the closer we got, Huxley was getting more and more excited. When we finally got within the park and it was safe to unleash, they both ran like crazy. It is safe to say that Ooodles of Doodles is a lovely way to spend a rainy day. They ran all over and sniffed EVERYTHING! What I thought was so unique, is they both had ALL of Nosehill to pee on. No way - it had to be on top of the spot who ever first went. Then it was synchronized peeing trying to hit the same spot. Boys Boys...... Got to love the Oodles of Doodles. It can be confirmed that Oliver went back to our place for a nap. Huxley went for round two with Marley B. The Doggy Business Report: 1 poop for Huxley & 2 poops for Oliver. Pee Department - very competitive!
DISTANCE: 2.20 km. DURATION: 53:00
I definitely could have used another towel after today’s walk with the trio. We must have gotten quite the downpour overnight at the off-leash park because the ground and all the surroundings were soaked! Kaiser was thriving with the wet conditions; cooling him off as he chased around his favourite orange ball. The weather had Pinky feeling feisty, barking at her sister to pick up the pace multiple times during our walk. Yesterday, I tried out my new runners but found they gave me a bit of knee pain so swapped back to my old runners today and I am positive that Kacie noticed! She stood and stared at my feet for almost a minute when we got out of the car, almost as if to ask ‘what happened to the new shoes?’. These three sure keep me on my toes. The scoop: 2 poops for Kacie, 1 poop for Pink, and lots and lots of pees for all three.
DISTANCE: 6.67 km DURATION: 53:44
Molson was anxiously waiting at the door for me and we made a quick exit; hoping to outrun the rain. In fact the weather was perfect, and we enjoyed a good run along the golf course where there was a tournament in full swing. We also ran along the reservoir. There were no other dogs out today, and very few people,. Molson would run at a good clip, then stop to check out the tall grass along the pathway. That meant I had to run through the wet grass too. Molson knows all the trails around Lakeview and he was happy to show them to me. But as we got close to home, he stopped, looked up at me with those big eyes, as if to say, "Can we go home now?" Just then it started to rain and we called it a day. Good run, big guy! The scoop: four pees and one poop for Molson right at the door.