DISTANCE: 6.32 km DURATION: 1:00:40
Another Saturday, another grand adventure of the Three Dogateers! Our three noble comrades were in high spirits (VERY high spirits!) today, as it meant a trail run in the new territory of Bowmont Park. Oh, the adventure of sights not seen before and brand new smells! New grass and fields to chase each other through and an unexpected battle with evil Magpies to defend this new territory. There were also many opportunities to greet fellow travellers, and Quinn, Jack and Rosie were both magnanimous and polite with a quick hello sniff before continuing on their way. Leader of the leashes also thoroughly enjoyed watching the Three Dogateers joyfully run each other in circles among the golden backdrop of a Calgary Autumn day. Stay tuned for the next epic exploits of the Three Dogateers! Four pees and one poop for Quinn today.
DISTANCE:7.26 km. DURATION: 1:00:51
Hello again, Gogol! Another fantastic autumn 🍂 morning. We ran in the same direction as before, but crossing different bridges and following paths on the other side from yesterday's run, We spotted squirrels and Gogol had a few tugs towards bunnies and other dogs. We had one close encounter and growl but I quickly reminded Gogol we need to focus on our run. He was fast and kept wanting to go faster if I tried to slow down! At one point we took a quick break near the river shoreline. Gogol found a nice sized branch and would not let it go. We stopped at a shaded area and Gogol curled up with this branch and nestled in for an afternoon chew toy break. I remind him of the business at hand and he complied but not without the branch. We eventually came up on another dog and sure enough the branch was discarded. No growls.] this time, Gogol, you are a fast learner. I also noticed when I reach for my zipper where I keep some dog treats, Gogol will focus on my hand instead of his surroundings. Gogol had two bags (beginning of run) and 3 pees. See ya Monday 👋
DISTANCE: 5.24 km. DURATION: 53:47
It's Fri-YAY girls! What a beautiful day for a run and a hike! The girls and I set off into the trees where we took in the calmness and beauty of autumn. Toki has been all about sticks lately. After picking up a stick the length of her body (see the picture) I had to help her balance it properly in her mouth, or else that stick was not coming with us. Usually if we are to take walking breaks it is because of Gibbs or I getting tired (I'm convinced Toki does not get tired), and today it was definitely me! Gibbons was full of energy and competed with Toki for the lead! I'm so impressed with these two girls' tenacity and endurance in this heat! A few doors away from home, a couple of little boys were outside calling Gibbons and Toki's names. As we ran across the street to say hi, G and T greeted the boys the only way they know how; with kisses!! What a great end to my week! Happy weekend Gibbs and Toki!! The scoop: 1 poop and 1 pee for T and many pees for G.
DISTANCE: 10.78 km. DURATION: 1:09:06
Happy Friday, Nell! Finally, the week is done, and our run is finally here! I have had the longest day today it seemed, Thank you for being the light at the end of the tunnel. These evening runs are the absolute best! Our run was pretty adventurous today; lots of people out on the trails as well as a man walking his parrot! You can add this to the list of things that get Nell all excited. Right beside rollerblades and skateboards, parrots may be at the top of the list. We both couldn't believe it, a guy, casually walking his bird on a leash down the Bow River pathway. We get our fair share of interesting folk in downtown Calgary, but this had to be the most interesting of all! Once we gathered ourselves and calmed down from all the excitement, we headed on our merry way with a quick stop at the water fountain of course! Until Tuesday Nell, have a great weekend! The scoop: 1 quick pee.
DISTANCE: 4.14 km. DURATION: 1:02:45
Good morning pups! It's great to see you again and I'm glad to hear Buddy is feeling better. It's a gorgeous morning to get out to Fish Creek so that's exactly where we went. Just like the last time I saw these two, Roxy was all go go go. Whereas Buddy likes to take things at a slower pace. But it's the cutest thing to watch him trot happily along. And you can tell he's still getting a great workout. The other cute thing is watching Roxy wait patiently for her fur brother. She is just as happy to oblige him whether we run or walk. We hoofed it up out of the park and found we had some time to spare. So we toured the 'hood' past the school where the kids must have been doing their Terry Fox Run. So we cheered each other on. It was a great finish to our outing. Scoop: 1 poop and several pees for Buddy. Just a couple pees for Roxy.
DISTANCE: 6.35 km. DURATION: 1:05:07
Hey there Leo! Today was my first time meeting this cute little guy and it's safe to say that I've fallen for him. We went out pretty slowly, as Leo's still a puppy who loves to stop and sniff things out. I decided to take Leo away from 17th Avenue, towards the river, as I knew a cute dog like Leo would attract lots of attention from the hoards of students leaving my school. Of course Leo probably would have loved all that attention but I wanted to get to know Leo with a little less people around. So we made our way to the river, where we were met with a pretty amazing spectacle of fall. The orange leaves overlooking the river made for a pretty amazing view. I noticed that Leo's fur is even the same colour as all the leaves! We didn't go quite as far as I wanted to, but this was our first run together so it made for a nice little introduction. I had a wonderful time getting to know this little pup. The scoop: 2 poos and 7 pees.
DISTANCE: 11.04 km. DURATION: 1:08:59
Happy Friday Sam! My World Championship Race is fast approaching, so do you mind coaching me on the trails? You're an expert at the downhills, can corner on a dime, and you always run the uphills. What's your secret? Sam can't share his secret, but I actually take in a few pointers that I hope will help me in 2 weeks time. Yes, Sam has 4 legs and a low centre of gravity (because, you know, he's a dog) but he gets even lower when he takes corners, always dropping the inside shoulder. I personally don't really enjoy running downhill, it's not a comfortable feeling, but Sam loves it. That made me think that I should use the downhills to my advantage, so I plan on running all the downhill I can. Running the uphills will be the hardest thing to do, but Sam, even if he slows down, never stops until he reaches the top, so no resting on the uphills for me anymore! Sam and I have been Trail Training for a few weeks now, and I can honestly say I feel much more prepared for my race because of it. We had a great run filled with beautiful fall colors, and of course some rock chasing by the river... Sam actually caught one today, and I caught the moment right before the rock hit his teeth!!! Have a great weekend Coach Sam, see you for our next training session next week. Dog business: many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.94 km. DURATION: 52:00
Aaand we're off to an enthusiastic start today, eh Lincoln? Bouncing, spinning, jumping! Can we try running now? Two liver treats later, we had a good pace going. By the time we got to Optimist Field, Lincoln was ready to roll about in some leaves. Today, there were no cyclists to be seen so it was kinda boring for Lincoln, but convenient for me. Business wise, Lincoln had several pees and 2 poos. I'm not going to see you this Wednesday buddy, but I'll be back soon! Take care Lincoln.
DISTANCE: 6.94 km. DURATION: 52:00
Hey Gordie! Is Freckles sleeping upstairs? "Bark bark! I'm awake! Don't leave without me!" She came tearing downstairs with that infectious grin. She's always so ready for her runs! So off we went. Driving to the house, I thought I saw an area with some trails so that's where we headed. Well within a few minutes as I was dodging molehills I twisted my ankle. This just won't do. So we then went down streets without names and dodged construction instead. Eventually looping back home, Freckles was intrigued by the back side of a puppy digging a hole. Wait a minute. It's a fake! What a laugh! 😂 Well, back home for Gordie's turn. Boy, if he had longer legs I would have to sprint to keep up. He's mighty for his size! Scoop: 1 poop and 2 pees for Freckles, 1 of each for Gordie.
DISTANCE: 8.24 km. DURATION: 1:13:12
Fridays forecast, coulee crawl! I'm not sure what was going on with Mira this morning but I was okay with it.👍🏿 Ahhh, the lazy days of summer? Or was it the 3 hour tour? 😆( Yes, I know I'm aging myself) Mira was getting lost in her thoughts (and smells ) today while we sauntered casually through the hood. We didn't run into anyone or anything, I think we were both just enjoying the last of the warm runs before the snow comes.😶 It's gonna happen so Mira and I have to take advantage while we can still enjoy the trails. When we finally made it back to the homestead I could here Mulligan singing away😁. Sorry we took so long buddy, I hope you weren't crossing your legs for too long. Thanks for chillin with me today Mira! 1 poo and the usual 100 handstand pees for Mira; 1 poo and 2 pees for Mulligan today. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 8.5 km. DURATION: 1:08:00
Hi Ms. Lu! I woke up with an awful cold this morning that even kept me home from work at the clinic! But I know a little exercise and doggie TLC will do me some good! It is fire alarm testing day in Lucy's building and I remember this happening a few months ago as well! Lucy was so happy to get out of the house and today was the very same! Is Friday wing night anywhere in Calgary? Apparently it is for Lucy! She found 2 chicken wings along the path on our run today! After explaining to her that they may taste good but they will make her feel not so good, she agreed: 'no more wings'. Neither Lucy or I expected today's heat! It was a nice surprise and sure let us sweat it out! My phone is getting pretty old (new one is in the mail WOOHOO) and decided to restart TWICE on our run today! Our actual time was 1 hour 8 minutes and approximately 8.5 kms! Thanks for the Pick- Me-Up Friday run Lucy! The scoop: 1 pee and 1 poop of course!
DISTANCE: 5.66 km. DURATION: 1:01:53
Oh my friend Marley, you have an injured paw. Let's take it easy while still enjoying the Fall sun. And we weren't the only ones out enjoying the park today. The Calgary Board of Education marked the annual Terry Fox Run this morning and, as a result, we were sharing North Glenmore with hundreds of young runners making a stand against cancer not to mention the parents and teachers who were also there to cheer them on. We admired their efforts from afar as adding a 90+lb dog to the mix might overwhelm some. And it's a good thing we did. Because of our slight detour through the trees, Marley found a tennis ball to bounce and play with on our easy-effort outing. Such a discovery! Feel better, Marley. I'll see you again next week. Who knows what we'll find then. The scoop: 6 pees, 2 poops.
DISTANCE: 8.36 km. DURATION: 1:10:14
I was sceptical how well I'd be able to keep up with Kamber today as my heel has been bugging me since last night. I didn't want to miss a chance to hang with Kamber though so I popped some Advil and headed over. I'm thankful I did because running felt much better on it. Kamber was hiding around the corner by the kitchen when I came in but heard me, recognized my voice, and did her cute walk towards me - tail wagging, nose pointed down while looking up at me, crossing her front legs as she slowly approached. Our run started off with a good shot of adrenaline as what looked to me like a St. Bernard/German Shepard came out its front door towards us as we ran by the house. Kamber warned me it was coming by barking but I assumed it was likely on a leash. It suddenly came up behind us and scared Kamber so she ran in front of me and I managed to block the dog and push it away before it got to Kamber. It was hard to tell what the dogs intention was but I made it back off just in case. We continued down to the river and played an endless game of fetch so she could cool off in the water. I lost count of how many times I threw the ball! Kamber insisted on carrying the ball back but dropped it at some point without me noticing - I'll have to bring a new one for her next time I come! Thanks for the exciting day Kamber, I'll see you next week! The scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 10.04 km. DURATION: 1:04:31
Today, Oscar, Edgar and I were all about seeking the prime Friday Fall foliage. We mixed up our route to head in the direction of the best leaves. In Calgary, the most prominent Fall colour is yellow so I was so excited to find some reds and oranges as we meandered through Fish Creek and the golf course. The other prominent colour today was white. I am not sure why every dog we ran past was small, white and fluffy. I don't think we got that memo. Edgar and Oscar were very friendly to all the white doggies and were more focused on running. we even got a pretty serious hill climb or two to test our fitness. They passed with flying colours. Can you tell the them of the run yet? It was "Colours." The scoop: 1 poop for Edgar, 4 pees. Oscar had 3 pees only. Thanks for helping me with my Harvest Half Marathon training O&E as the big day is tomorrow and I feel ready from our Fish Creek runs.
DISTANCE: 5.98 km DURATION: 55:09
I always knew that these dogs were special and not just because they are beautiful loveable Goldens. Today I saw the light🌟. It was that lone spot in a wide field of grass when Molson took to sniffing and at that particular moment and for some unknown reason the rays from above shone down on him giving him his God-like vision. It took Roxy and I took a moment to realize what had just happened and who we were in the presence of. Molson had no idea and carried on in his usual jovial manner running, rolling and frolicking along beside us making it feel like old times😂 Roxy had 3 pees, Molson 8 and Molson had a poop!