DISTANCE: 10.03 km DURATION: 1:00:00
Look at that cute face! Good thing he is cute! Today, Leo was once again giving Owen a challenging time as he did not want to run but wanted to check out his favourite local haunt, the neighbourhood Pet Planet. So Owen called in some reinforcements (namely me) as he had given it his best shot and was off to take an exam. Well, Leo met his match with me as I am very stubborn. Leo twice came to a dead stop but I had some tricks up my sleeve. I found a stick and we played chase Ruth with the magical stick He loved this game and was very attentive to my every move.. I also made a verbal deal with Leo that if he ran, he would get something better than goodies from Pet Planet. What do you think that is? Yes, I was taking him to the land of bunnies and squirrels by Repsol Center. There are lots of domestic bunnies that multiplied by this fitness center and Leo can't get enough of them. I think these distractions and making running into a game made it really fun for this Duck Tolling Retriever. I did an out and back course and created this map to show our destination as my phone died immediately. I also found a photo from our outing the other day to add. This was my 4th outing today (3 runs and a pee break) so no juice left in the phone to track Leo's run. I was glad there was still juice left in my legs and I could give Leo some exercise. Today, I learned how to be creative and roll with all the changes to my day and in the end, it was a pretty good day! The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.19 km DURATION: 1:03:18
Oh Kaiser, someone was up to no good this morning! As I walked through the door, I saw a trail of a chewed up Christmas decorations leading straight to Kai. Busted! Bad boy! You need to be nice to the Christmas decorations, Kaiser! It's the most wonderful time of year! I made sure I quickly strapped Kai in and got out as quick as we could today, this big guy needed to burn some serious energy! We set out on the path full speed ahead; he was very rambunctious bouncing around. He seemed to be very excited about his Thursday run, I loved his enthusiasm! The sun was shining today and a little warmer than usual, therefore, Kai took a few extra breaks to relax on the cool pavement. He's figured it out that whenever he stops, the more pats and love he'll get, it's a win-win situation for Kai that's for sure! Once rested we moseyed on back towards Kai's house and into the mudroom, where this mischievous pup will be banned to for a good portion of today. I can imagine it is hard to even get after this guy; he's so darn cute. I can just see him being able to charm his way out of anything. Silly boy. Well, thanks for the run today buddy. Our slumber party adventure starts tomorrow! See you then! The scoop: 1 poop, 11 pees.
DISTANCE: 10.03 km DURATION: 1:00:00
I got word this morning that DGR Runner Jaime got injured in her soccer game last night so this morning I jumped at the chance to see one of my dearest running companions, Maverick. Mav was one of the first dogs I had the privilege of running when I first started with DGR as a runner (eons ago). Running with Mav is like wearing your comfiest sweater; it just fits and feels good. Today's route was our MRU tour that goes along the Calgary Marathon course. Mav was keen to show the university students that he is not only good-looking but smart. He sat at each stop sign or light and was very well- behaved. We also took a detour into an alleyway when we saw these Dean Stanton murals on the garage doors. This artist painted the mural of Sunalta Elementary School where my boys were grade school students. You can see the mural from Crowchild Trail. I like how the top photo shows a gal walking a dog. I felt like that was me and Maverick. Can you see a resemblance? The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees. Have a great weekend Mav!
DISTANCE: 7.55 km DURATION: 54:35
Good morning Sam! I know you weren't expecting me because you took your sweet time getting to the door and then when you realized that it was your run bud, you went bonkers! Today's run was a must for me but we had to do it early. Tonight my work is hosting an event called 'Death by Chocolate' for which I have to attend. No explanation needed but definitely have to kill some calories today so let's go! We walked wherever the ice was thick (this was non-negotiable) and once running it seems whatever may have ailed Sam on Tuesday was a distant memory! I kept him on =leash for most of the run just to be sure but we hit some trail near the end and his big eyes pleaded to let him run so how could I say no. I caught so many great photos of his "zoomies." I couldn't pick so I uploaded almost all of them! He was so happy! Once we emptied that energy tank, we headed for home. Have a great weekend bud and see you next week! One poop, several pees.
DISTANCE: 8.11 km DURATION: 1:10:25
Hey again Gogol! Today I wanted to explore a little beyond our regular route, keeping with the river to a point, then continuing south further than before and doing more uphill climbs. He had some off-leash at Roxboro Park and some beef liver treats for being a good boy. I am glad I remembered to bring some! Gogol loves liver treats!! He wanted to get in my pocket many times! 😂 I think next run I will bring less with me in my bag. A few breaks for a drink from my water pack kept Gogol's tongue under control (barely) haha! We had a good run today!! Gogol had one poo at the beginning and one at the end. 4 pees. ❤️ Gogol, have a nice weekend buddy!
DISTANCE: 7.53 km DURATION: 56:28
MONA! I get to run you today! Yes, I know I just saw you yesterday but now we get to have a glorious 60 minutes together. I think one reason dogs are considered man's best friend is because we impart the thoughts we want them to think upon them. For instance, I looked down at Mona’s smiling face and as far as I’m concerned she was just as happy as I was about this. But I've seen her just as happy with Tracy. Juno was equally enthused about spending the hour with Miss Mona so without further ado we headed to Edworthy. The sun was shining, there was a full Chinook arch in the sky and the three of us had so much fun. We focused more on running afterwards as we made our way through Wildwood. But I think that this third straight day of running was catching up to Mona. She didn’t even sprint after the squirrels that Juno was eying up. Well Mona, rest up my dear. You’ve earned an afternoon nap today! Scoop: just pees.
DISTANCE: 2.72 km DURATION: 52:05
After giving up one of my Kacie and Pink walks, these two seem more excited then usual to see me these days. So I spent some extra time cuddling these two and also swung in to give Kaiser some cuddles. I also needed to grab a towel for Pink's accident. After this, we made our way to River Park for our walk. We had an easy going time, making our usual route around the park. Towards the end of our walk, we ran into one of my elementary school best friend's mother Keri and her dog Murphy. She didn't even recognize me! After a quick catching up with her and some time playing with Murphy, we were off. Always such a pleasure walking these two sweet gals. The scoop: 1 poo each and 3 pees for Pink and 8 for Kacie.
DISTANCE: 9.02 km DURATION: 1:08:28
Good morning Reilly! My friend was full of extra beans today, I’ve seen her excited to get out but never like this!😁 There must be something in the Tuscany air because she was acting like a pup again. Bouncing in and out of the long grass, talking to everyone we came across. I actually called her Reilly Coyote😆. She had a poop and back to business as usual... don’t ask me I’ll never figure these pooches out 😂 We headed down to the river. It was peaceful and Reilly was into running again.👍🏿 A nice light jog around the loop until we hit Squirrel Central. That’s it. Focus has left the building! We stayed in the trees for a little while. Once Reilly sees a squirrel, you just have to let her do her thing, I don’t mind. As long as she’s having fun. Eventually we moseyed on back up the hill and went home. Thanks for making my day Reilly! Keep that youthful spirit; it looks good on you. 2 poos and lots of pees for Reilly today. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 4.32 km DURATION: 51:34
Good morning girls. I know you were hoping to see Jaime but she twisted an ankle yesterday in soccer. She told me to tell you that she’ll be back in fine form next week. Thanks to ‘Mom’, we got suited up a little quicker today and were sent off with some words of encouragement. To be honest, I don’t think it was directed at me or Toki but the three of us took it in stride. It worked wonders for Gibbons though as she was happy to run today. Our pattern was run, run, run, then stop for a few minutes to sniff this, that, or the other. At one point they looked they were waiting for a bus ride to take them back home, but I convinced them we weren't done yet. We trekked slowly up the hill to take in the views from Artist's Hill. And the we ran, ran, ran home. I was so happy that Gibbs was happy to stay with us the whole time today! I noticed after the fact that all my pics today have both girls in all of them. Because really, many things are better together; especially between sisters!! Scoop: just a few pees for each today.
DISTANCE: 5.21 km DURATION: 1:26:39
The weather this week just keeps getting better and better, and without any sign of letting up soon! Maybe this will continue until Christmas... or is that too much to ask? Today I brought Bexie along as promised for a longer, slow walk in the sun. I also had some assistance today from my Mom. I have been raving about how much of a sweetie Indy is for some time now (and now the big friendly ball of fur, Jasper too!), saying she needs to join me on a walk. Indy didn't even say hello to me today, but instead ran straight past me with his panda to greet Bexie and my Mom. His smile was wider than I'd ever seen, and my mom couldn't believe her eyes! I must not have done it justice with my description. You really can't help but fall in love with Indy when you first meet him. When I went in to harness Jasper, he smelled the treats in my pocket right away and decided it was his new mission to get one. After harnessing him, I opened the door to walk out, but Jasper sat glued to the mat. Initially I thought he may have been tired or sore from yesterday's run and preferred a day to rest and recover; though very soon I realized this was merely a tactic for getting treats from my pocket into his mouth... A treat coaxed him out the door, but after saying hello to everyone, he put the brakes on again as we were about to begin our walk. I had to break the habit right away though because I only had so many treats and there's no way I'd be able to carry him back if he decided to quit on me in the middle of our walk. Just like yesterday, he was fine once we started moving - other than one other time when he decided to stop for a long break (that time just to cool off in the snow, which he seems to have a particular love for. This is understandable with that thick coat of hair! Tomorrow will just be Jasper and me which I am excited for. I'll see you next week Indy! The scoop: approx. 5 pees each, and 1 poo each.
DISTANCE: 8.09 km DURATION: 1:12:22
At last, Thursday again! Charlie makes me laugh, typically when someone walks in the front door; the dog has already spotted them walking up to the step and is barking their face off, a greeting I am most used to getting. However, once I walk in the door and yell "hello," you can hear his little collar jingle ever so slightly as if he's stretching from a serious morning nap. Then, eventually, Charlie makes his way downstairs. Once he spots the leash, his excitement goes through the roof; this is when the tail goes crazy, as if it may just fall off! Charlie and I had an adventurous run today, Tuscany sure was a happening spot this Thursday afternoon. We ran into many other dogs on the trails; everyone had the same idea as us. Down on the 12-mile coulee path, we met a giant Yellow Lab and her little Beagle sidekick, Gator. Both were so friendly and got on great with Charlie; he was in his glory today. Our time was a little longer with the various friend making pit stops, but it ended up working out great because as we returned home, we were able to sign off on a package being delivered for Charlie's parents. Also, with the new technology these days I was even able to meet Charlie's dad through the doorbell speaker cam, hilarious! Well, thanks for the great day, Charlie, see you next week! The scoop: 2 pees and no poops.
DISTANCE: 7.82 km DURATION: 1:00:24
Freckles how are you ole buddy ole pal! Upon reading Audra’s blog yesterday about her tummy troubles (loose poop) my snack pack was a little light today. Freckles and I headed out quickly and then slowly our sprint turned into a run, which eventually hit stroll speed😬. I was completely okay with this. We were two gal pals chillin’. It was nice😊. I think Freckles knew something was up, she was getting more hugs then treats... she wasn’t impressed . So what’s a gal to do but find snacks along the way.😳 I’m not sure what Freckles hoovered up today I think it was an apple (I hope it was.) Come on Frecks, we have to get a move on Archie is waiting! She gave me the ole stink eye and we headed on back to the comforts of home. All three of us played in the yard today. No... Archie and I did and Freckles just looked at us. We all know what she was thinking (how rude.)😂 Thanks for the entertainment this afternoon Freckles! You always put a smile on my face... you too Archie! 2 poos (1 runny) and several pees for Freckles; 1 pee for Archie.
DISTANCE: 6.01 Km DURATION: 1:00:20
Kenny greeted me with a entire dog bed in his mouth so I think he was trying to tell me that he was happy to see me and was ready for our walk. These past few days with the warmer temps and the chinook arch have made for some beautiful photos. We thought we would get in the Christmas spirit and see if Heritage Park has put up some decorations. On the ridge up from Bel Aire, Teddy and Kenny had some fun playing with a stick. I think you will see with the top photo who was victorious in winning the stick. Way to go Kenny! We made it to Heritage Park and got to see a few Christmas trees and poles with wreaths on them. The past 4 days in a row with this sweet boy have been good for the soul. The scoop: 1 poo and 5-6 pees. Kenny, have a wonderful walk with your dad tomorrow!
We have had the pleasure of having Princess Callie as our houseguest for the last 5 1/2 weeks. Having known Callie for almost two years, when I found out that she was in need of a sitter for an extended period I didn't hesitate to take her! She is quite a loveable pup who, over the last month, has worked her way into everyone in my family's heart! We established our routine of meals, walks, naps and cuddles that everyone became very accustomed to. She even came with us on a trip to Fernie, and thoroughly enjoyed playing by the river, with the snowy mountains in the background. Now Callie is more a "people" dog in that she much prefers the company of humans over dogs. But even her and Juno established a level of comfort with each other. It was neat for me to watch them walk so happily side by side twice a day, or even play with each other in my backyard. I do think that over this last week Callie was starting to feel that this staycation was getting a little long, as she took to sitting by the door that she last saw her human 'mom' go through. But my goodness was she ever happy when she realized she was going home today. (See video) We are going to miss you Miss Callie! We look forward to seeing you next time, as we will definitely take advantage of the offer to come and visit, and we hope you come visit us again too!
Pet sitters: Tammy, Taylor, Ethan and Warren
DISTANCE: 8.49 km DURATION: 56:50
Good morning to the Tuscany twosome! Mira and Mulligan were both in such good spirits today; it was nice. The sun was shining and life is good👍🏿 Mira and I did our usual Wednesday Scenic Acres tour, my friend said hello to all those we came upon. Yes! Even the pooches. Like I said, Mira was in an exceptionally good mood today😁 There were still the usual stop and sniffs, but that’s just what our furry friends do! Anyhow we made it back to Mira’s hood making our way back to the abode where Mulligan was singing at the top of his lungs as soon as he saw us. He’s so cute!😊 Thanks for another fantastic run Mira! Keep on smiling sunshine! 1 poo and 1 billion handstand pees (not really but there was a lot) for Mira; 2 pees for Mulligan today. Cheers!