DISTANCE: 5.42 km DURATION: 33:44
Meet Mr. Photogenic a.k.a. Loki. We are excited to add this big beautiful Malamute to our DGR pack. This handsome guy has the beautiful brown and blue eye combination, a luxurious tail and incredibly soft fur. Beyond being a striking dog, Loki is a very natural runner and was great about keeping to the right side of the leash except when he had a short spurt of let's play and pranced about. We headed into Confluence Park and saw quite a few smaller dogs in the off-leash area but our mission today was running, taking a few photos of Mr. Photogenic and rewarding him for some of his paw shakes. Meeting Loki and running with him was better than a Crispy Crunch candy bar on Halloween. What a great treat for October 31! No pees or poos to report.
Runners: Ruth and Tammy
DISTANCE: 7.97 km DURATION: 1:00:21
I met Nell for the first time today. She is such a friendly little gal and greeted me with kisses before laying down for a belly rub! I did not expect such energy from Nell since she's not a big dog, but she was off like a rocket as soon as we left the apartment. We had a great time doing sprints between the stoplights as we made our way downtown. Once we hit the river, Nell was unstoppable! And as you can see from the photos, she has an infectious grin. The scoop: 2 pees, no poos.
DISTANCE: 8.86 km DURATION: 1:00:18
Well Miss L.. you have this Halloween thing 'licked' don't you. Lucy was so intrigued with all the Halloween decorations and all the new creatures that have sprung up over the past couple of weeks. She has no fear of any of the ghosts and goblins that move. On our return route back home, she went up to the big spider and gave it a lick 😜. I think Lucy was practicing her trick or treating over the weekend because for about 2 blocks this morning Lucy wanted to go up each sidewalk to the individual front doors. I didn't want to burst her bubble so I said make sure you say 'Happy Halloween' when you go out tonight. She just wiggled and wiggled and with a big smile wanted to go to the next house 👻. We ran past this sign and just had to take a photo, this is Lucy's motto, and I think she lives it each day. Happy Halloween Lucy. The Doggy Business: 1 poop & 2 pees
DISTANCE: 8.37 km DURATION: 1:18:38
Hello Harley, Happy Halloween! It was my first time meeting Harley and he greeted me like we were old friends.😊 We had a slow start this morning after all it is Monday. I think Harley was revisiting some of those pee spots from last Friday and he definitely discovered some new ones. We picked up our speed a bit once we got onto the river pathway. I noticed that most of the runners out today weren't very happy (too many Halloween parties this weekend I suspect) but they all seemed to smile when they saw my friend. Harley was a ray of sunshine on this rather gloomy morning. Thanks for the company Harley! You are a treasure. No poos and many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.20 km DURATION: 1:00:26
Had to take a couple of pictures when we arrived at the house. Roxy was being quite photogenic while Molson was basking in a belly rub. What started off as a bleak, dreary and drizzly run ended on a dry and satisfying note. We went in search of the scariest Halloween houses we could find. And we found a couple. The dogs had lots of energy today running hard and rolling a bunch. Roxy surprise me today and had two poops while Molson had one. Roxy had a couple of pees and Molson had many.
DISTANCE: 7.52 DURATION: 53:48
Happy Halloween Mira! Are you ready for a ghoulishly good run? We definitely had a spooktacular time, with Mira dying to get going right out the door! She had a wicked grin on the whole time and we managed to avoid any (black) cat-astrophes with no slippery snow today. No ghost sightings for us today, though Mira did do some happy haunting for small critters in a graveyard 🎃 Many pees and one poop for Mira today; one of Mira and Mulligan's humans was home when I got back with Mira, so Mulligan didn't need his pee break.
DISTANCE: 10.46 km DURATION: 1:01:37
Happy Howl-oween! What a spooktacular day for a run with Mr .Sam! Sam is looking fresh to death as the kids say these days with his new 'do! They say if a black cat crosses your path, it is bad luck. So I am surmising that when a black dog does the same it must be good luck! I believe that because I feel pretty lucky to get to hang out with Sam! We got off to a slow start today because Sam wanted to smell and mark everything and I was just fine plodding along after too many holiday treats and beverages this weekend. But it seems we got quite the burst of energy because this ended up being my fastest DGR run to date (according to RunKeeper). I like to think that maybe I tuckered him out but that guy has endless energy! We were both panting and smiling at the end so I think that's the most important! And now I get to eat even more candy! 🍭 What a great day, feeling very energized! So many pees but no poops. My photography was shoddy today because we were always on the MOVE!
DISTANCE: 9.08 km DURATION: 1:01:12
Happy Halloween Lincoln! I have a surprise for you... my sister (DGR alumni) is joining us! Here's the funny thing about today's run. I had this crazy notion that I was going to try to draw a dog's head with our route. But I decided to abandon it because I couldn't map it out in my head and we just ran where we felt like running. Now readers may not believe me, especially when they look at our map... because oddly enough, without intending to... we drew a dog's head with our map!! I even have my sister that witnessed the whole process! When I showed her the map, she replied, sometimes you just gotta let things go and just let them happen. I'm not typically a believer in fate, but today's run was kinda eerie in a good way. Doggy business: one poop and several pees.
DISTANCE: 11.15 km DURATION: 1:00:21
Happy Halloween Billy. Let's find a new route today. Billy was keen and he led the way towards South Glenmore Park. If Billy had a Halloween costume today it would have been as a speed racer or some kind of super hero as he was flying like the wind especially in an attempt to catch a bunny 🐰 at the beginning of the run and a squirrel at the end of the run. The pathways were a bit mucky so I did my best to towel him off and off course today he got extra treats as it is Halloween 👻. The other fun sighting besides spooky yards was a Snoopy Little Free Library (see photo) and a colourful bench with book titles on it. Every Monday is a treat for me to run with Billy. The doggy business: 1 poop and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.25 KM DURATION: 1:00:16
Isn't it Halloween next Monday? Yes. Yes it is. Calgary once again pulls through to disappoint the poor children who didn't want to winter-modify their Halloween costume. This morning you could almost hear all of the groans of kids from local households as their parents suggested the "trendy" new costume, "an eskimo". Yes, it was snowing, but it wasn't all for not. I had a splendid run with Molson and Roxy. We got to carve out first track in the slush produced by the snow and Molson made some fairly decent snow angels, although I must say the detail just wasn't quite there. By the end of the run we were all completely soaked... well, except for Roxy who thought ahead and brought an umbrella, which she refused to share; she definitely planned that one through. All in all, it was quite an enjoyable morning. Until next time. (1 poop and 3 pees for Molson, no poos and 1 pee for Roxy)
DISTANCE: 9.75 KM DURATION: 1:01:38
Snow! This morning was full of wet snow, and Lincoln loved it! He was so cute with the snow flakes on his face, but managed to shake it off before I could capture it. Today's photos are all through a ziploc baggie so not as great as they should be, but my phone stayed dry! Lincoln got several compliments from passers by today on how beautiful he is, which is always nice to hear! He was also so playful...we took a bit of time to sort of dart about in the snow which really tested my agility as it's tough to be quick while attached to Lincoln at the same time. We did a bit of a push up a hill which was fun. I also discovered that I need to step up my puddle spotting game...there was a fairly big puddle I totally ran through, which of course was so big it splashed Lincoln who stopped and gave me an 'I can't believe you just did that to me' kind of look. Noted Lincoln...I will try my best to make sure I don't get you with puddles! Two poops and more than three pees
DISTANCE: 10.07 KM DURATION: 1:12:21
Hey Sam is this not déjà vu of two Fridays ago?? Well Sam Snow' (don't get confused with Jon Snow in Game of Thrones even though they both have the same hair😉) let's head north to the Great Wall of the North, translation at least as far as John Laurie Blvd. 😂. The snow was coming down and we had a great run. We met a mini identical version of Sam who was so eager to play. Sam was so great with Mini Sam, but this was at the beginning so a quick hello and a bit of play was all there was time for. Then we hit the Wall or our 1/2 way point where two rascally rabbits toyed with us for a full kilometre. Let's call this portion interval training🐾. Let's head home to Winterfell because we are looking like two large snowballs. We had an encounter with a rather unsocial boxer who started to stalk Sam. Sam was really good and gave a clear warning indicating "Hey, that's not cool behaviour" and I had to get the owner to get her dog. Sam you handled that like the hero you are. The Doggy Business: several pees.
DISTANCE: 7.40 KM DURATION: 58:20
So this wonderful, wintery Friday brought about a run with Kenny! My favourite thing about this guy is his smile! I don't think it leaves his face from the moment I come in until we are finished our run. Today I was surprised by the quick pace Kenny started to take about 10 minutes into our run. I shouldn't be surprised as he has an amazing running partner regularly (Ruth!!) It could also be that he wanted to see who else was braving the weather over at River Park. Well there was quite the doggy crew that braved the snow and dragged their owners out. Most notable of the pups there today were two Greyhounds that really wanted to run with Kenny and me, rather than walk with their pack of 10 or so dogs. Sorry dogs! Give your owners our business card, because this run is reserved for Kenny and me! Doggy business: one poop and countless pees.
DISTANCE: 6.26 KM DURATION: 57:20
Today, I picked up my car from getting its winter tires on. Bare with me here, I promise this ties in; I got my tires on just in the nick of time, it would seem, as today turned out to be quite blustery! In typical Calgary style, it seemed to get worse the further North you got, and, since Mira is about as far North as you can get within the city, it was a winter wonderland out there. Snow covered everything, and it was definitely slick and slippery. Mira was in heaven, her favourite kind of weather! But, since "slow down" isn't a big part of Mira's vocabulary 😋 I was taken for a few slips and slides. It made me think, I could really use snow tires for my feet! So, the moral of this blog, really, is that I get to buy new runners. Thanks for the perfect excuse Mira! Many pees and one poop for Mira, one pee and one poop for Mulligan.
DISTANCE: 8.29 KM DURATION: 54:42
Nor rain, or sleet, or snow in the morning will stop a DGR runner from heading out with his BDFF. (Best dog friend forever). Harley wanted to do intervals today, stopping every 5th tree for a pee and a sniff. I asked SIRI why dogs sniff trees and she said: 'Dogs can tell from sniffing a tree or lamppost when a dog has passed, who it is and what status they have – male/female, top dog or not'. - wow! Dogs can smell 1000 times better then humans! So when your dog stops to smell something they must be dreaming about all the past activity at that spot. Cool. Harley had about 7 pees and no poos. And I'm sure Harley will stop and remember all those pees on his next run. :-)