DGR RUN OF THE DAY #2
DISTANCE: 8.3 km DURATION: 1 hour 14 minutes
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special. Well, this Danish term pretty much describes my outing with Kahlua and Andorra. I have not run Kahlua since she moved closer to the Peace Bridge so we had a wonderful riverside run and even went past the Hygge Hut in East Village. Do you see the theme? Although, the temperature was warmer than the past few days, we kept a good pace to keep our bodies warm. There were lots of signs out about coyotes in the area but we fortunately did not see any. The other special treat was I got to take Andorra out for a short stroll to the Peace Bridge. She is such a doll too! Both girls had 1 poop, 1 pee. Thanks for starting my weekend off with some hygge.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY # 2
DISTANCE: 3.8 km DURATION: 1 hour 1 minute
Today it worked out for me and Ryan to trade runs. I swapped 2 male Yellow Labs for 2 female Black Labs. It was great to see Andorra and Kahlua. Our walk started with some excitement as a barking dog escaped its fence but luckily, we had enough distance to avoid drama. We then headed uphill for peace and quiet. Both girls had active sniffers so we went slow and steady and stuck together. Thanks for my “Girl Time.” The Scoop: 2 poos and 3 pees for Andorra. Kahlua had 1 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.32 km DURATION: 58 minutes
When I came to the door, I peered in to see Andorra fast asleep. "Andorra!" I shouted in excitement before I opened the door. She scrambled to her feet; showing no signs of tiredness while doing so. Andorra lead the way to Kahlua's house, where Kahlua greeted us with a big smile. The girls had lots of fun together as we walked in the sun. While heading back to Andorra's, we saw something roaring from the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No... wait it's a whole bunch of planes. In an arrow formation of white and red jets shooting across the sky; leaving a big thick cloudy trail behind them. Sweeet! Once Andorra was dropped off, Kahlua and I walked to Elbow Drive. Kahlua was already panting a lot, so our strut was not too hasty. 1 poo each and many pees each.
DISTANCE: 1.96 km DURATION: 31 minutes
Andorra and I headed up the hill, on this hot day. We weren't hasty, and made plenty of stops. The soft warm breeze at the top of the hill smelled fresh and sweet. Andorra sniffed and chewed on the long grass that lined the fences and tickled the trunks of trees. We found some benches at the top of the hill and we chilled out for a minute in the heat. Andorra, of course, found some grass to munch on under the bench. If this blog was narrated in third person it'd go something like this: Andorra nibbled away at the the common weed with delight whilst Ryan peered off the distance, pondering the universe for answers as the gears in his head kept turning. Then there's what was actually happened: Andorra was eating grass, and I was day dreaming about piña coladas on the beach! The Scoop: 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 1.71 km DURATION: 32 minutes
Andorra's dad told me she was a little sore after our outing yesterday so we took it nice n'easy today with several sniff breaks. I brought along prospective runners Niki and Lauren so it was quite funny to have a ratio of 3 runners to one dog. I don't think Andorra was complaining as it meant we could give her lots of attention including post-walk belly rubs. We also found this cute OEB (Over Easy Breakfast) car to pose next too. Perhaps, next time we will have to do brunch with Andorra! The Scoop: no poops and 1 pee. Thanks for the girl time! It was also fun to meet Niki and Lauren who in addition to being runners, bikers, and dog lovers are also horse gals! No horses today, just one gorgeous Black Lab!
Written by Ruth
Today DGR Dog Andorra wagged her way into my heart and made my first “run” as a Dog-Gone-Runner very memorable. We took things at a more casual pace as Andorra showed me around her neighbourhood. We made sure to take our time to stop and smell the flowers. The scoop: 1 pee.
Written by Lauren
We showed up today at Andorra’s house and she had the biggest smile on her face! She seemed a little surprised to see three of us there, but her excitement only grew with the added attention. We took an easy going stroll through the neighbourhood to sniff the roses and check out the views. It started to drizzle, and no surprise this Lab’s smile only grew! What a happy gal. Thanks for the intro to Dog-Gone, Andorra! The scoop - one pee!
Written by Niki
Runners: Ruth, Lauren and Niki
DISTANCE: 2.09 km DURATION: 33 minutes
Why hello heat and hello Andorra. This scorcher was actually quite pleasant for a 30 minute stroll. Prospective Runner Cheryl joined us to make up this terrific trio. Andorra is the model DGR dog as she does not pull and has a delightful disposition. I think Cheryl was impressed! We got a great skyline view and some photos by flowers and one by the Lime bikes. Andorra also got some post- walk belly rubs. The Scoop: 1 poop, 2 pees.
Written by Ruth
Today was my inaugural outing with a pup. How lucky am I that it was with a black beauty like Andorra? She's friendly from initial meeting and remains so throughout the walk. Andorra kept a nice pace and there was no pulling. We had one poop scoop and she peed a few times. I look forward to meeting her again! Thanks, Andorra!
Written by Cheryl
Runners: Ruth and Cheryl
DISTANCE: 5.02 km DURATION: 58 minutes
I picked up Andorra and we headed over to Kahlua's. The two girls were excited to see each other and thrilled to be outside enjoying some nice weather. It was pretty hot this morning so we took it slow. Andorra's and Kahlua's intense tail-wagging was in sync as they sniffed around intently. The three of us did a 30 minute loop and then dropped Andorra back off at home. When Kahlua and I first started walking away from Andorra's, Kahlua was a little hesitant to leave her best friend behind. Once we got in the flow of things, Kahlua and I ran/walked to the river and back. Great job today girls! 1 poo each and many pees each.
DISTANCE: 4.49 km DURATION: 55 minutes
Kahlua and Andorra were two peas in a pod today. They walked shoulder to shoulder and side by side for most of the time. When one went pee, so would the other. When one stopped to smell the flowers, so would the other. This made it so much easier to walk two dogs, and I rarely ever got tangled up. Andorra was so happy to be outside with us! In fact, I was pretty stoked too, since the last time I walked with her was quite a while ago (other than Wednesday). When we in the first stages of our journey I felt a couple of tiny raindrops land on my head. I was thinking to myself, "Oh no, it's gonna start pouring isn't it," but to our luck the most we got was a few droplets. Phew! Great job today girls. See you next week! 1 poo each, many pees each.
DISTANCE: 4.13 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
It was another fine spring day for a walk with Andorra. She was happy to see me for her outing. She was very well behaved again as we wandered the streets. Not many other dogs for Andorra to visit. She got a little treat at the end. She had a poop and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.98 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
I got to meet the lovely little lady, Andorra today. She is such a beautiful and soft-hearted sweetie. It was our first walk ever so I was hesitant on where to take her. We went to Elbow Island Park which isn’t all that big but is very nice because it’s separated from any foot or car traffic by a river on both sides. It was a very secluded spot and Andorra was very calm and gentle so I let her off- leash and she was lovely! Well done, pretty girl! We also met an old Black Lab named Jasper who was a very handsome guy and very mellow so Andorra had to say hi! Just as we were leaving the island, she did have a ‘bath’ in the snow which warranted a good drying off when we got back. Andorra was very patient while I dried her off. However, that towel is going to need some major washing! It was a pleasure to meet you! The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
DISTANCE: 4.18 km DURATION: 1 hour 1 minute
It was a beautiful day for a walk in Mount Royal. Andorra was happy to be out and walked along nicely. I will see her again Thursday. She had a good poop and 3 or 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.86 km . DURATION: 55 minutes
Andorra and Kahlua greeted me at the door with their doggy smiles, friendly barks and wagging tails. Today's walk was a lot of fun. The two girls would nudge each other playfully and they'd always try to smell the same bush or lamppost or tree at the same time. Kahlua barked and tried to chase tons of little vermin today. We saw about 4 squirrels and 1 white rabbit. Andorra wasn't too bothered by the creatures. She just kind of looked at Kahlua like, "what the heck are ya doin?" At the end of the run, I stayed for a couple minutes to pet both pups after I gave them both a wipe-down with the towel. 1 poo each, and many pees each.
DISTANCE: 4.34 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
What a better way to be inspired for Spring than to follow the famous song by George Harrison of the Beatles. "Here Comes the Sun"? He wrote the song one spring day in Eric Clapton‘s garden after a long English Winter. No doubt we can all relate to a long cold brutal winter. And "Here Comes the Sun" is certainly the theme of the day. I can tell you with authority that both dogs were having such a nice time 20 minutes into our walk that I contacted DGR to see if both of them could stay out for the whole hour! Our wish was granted and that allows us to venture further and longer. An amazing time was spent wandering with a significant amount of their time and attention with eyes and nose is pointing up to the sky to breathe in and serve the magnificent blue sky and brilliant sunshine. Here’s to the sun and here’s to the sunshine and as George Harrison Road, Little darlin’ it’s been a long cold lonely winter....😎 The Scoop: 2 poops for Andorra and 1 for Kahlua. Kahlua had 2 pees and many more for Andorra.
DISTANCE: 5.69 km DURATION: 1 hour 11 minutes
I was ready to take out my dog Teddy and his brother Keno to the park when DGR Runner Paige let me know her doggy Remington had an emergency visit to the vet, so I took out two lovely Black Labs instead. Andorra and Kahlua are sisters (I think from another mister). Kahlua who usually is not a big fan of other dogs sure likes her sissy! They walked right next to each other matching each other's strides and would have an occasional kiss. Such sisterly love! I had my dog walker hat on so instead of walking Andorra for the first 30 minutes, I had both girls together and we just took our time enjoying the sunshine. My two favourite moments are as follows: 1) Andorra and Kahlua found a snowbank and they were both doing some belly slides to cool off; and 2) we visited Lolë where I am a Fitness Ambassador and the crew there gave both girls lots of TLC. The Scoop: 1 poop each. Every time Kahlua peed, Andorra peed; it was kinda cute! Now, time to take out the boys!
DISTANCE: 5.2 km DURATION: 57 minutes
While some of us may not love the rain, Andorra sure did. Yesterday, she was pretty chill but today, she was like a new dog. I decided to take her through some nearby urban trails and give her some off-leash time. She was very happy and such a good listener. At one point in our outing, she even had the case of the zoomies where she playfully did circles around me. It was fun to see her loving the trails! It was also wonderful to meet her pint-sized human today as well as her grandma who commented that Andorra is almost human (as she is so intelligent and sweet). I agree! The Scoop: 1 poop, 2 pees. Have a wonderful weekend. We hope to see you again soon Andorra!