DISTANCE: 10.75 km DURATION: 1:03:00
Archimedes is so handsome! Such a gorgeous morning for Archimedes and me to meet for the first time and get outside for some exercise. He made me smile right away as we turned the corner just up the street from his house. There was a little dog statue and he wasn't too sure if it was alive or not or something he should react to! We passed a very busy school and it was understandable that Mr. A was a little excitable. Once we were free of the busyness and about halfway through our run, he was calm and running so nicely beside me. I found it helped to avoid pedestrians as he wanted to approach certain ones (he preferred running on the grass anyways!). At one point of our run, he was quite the vision with his tongue flailing, running his heart out through a beautiful green area; a dog in his element! The scoop: 3 poops, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.21 km DURATION: 57:27
Good morning Archimedes! I've missed you! Archimedes seemed not only to remember me, but he actually seemed happy to see me. So after some reunion cuddles we were off. I couldn't believe how well the run went. I mean, I knew Archimedes was a quick study and very smart, but his recent training has definitely made a huge difference. He ran by my side for the whole run. I could tell he noticed the different pedestrians that we came across, but didn't pull towards them at all. Here's the other huge difference, three times we passed a dog barking from a yard and he barely glanced in that direction. The only stops were to take a couple photos of this handsome guy, and so that he could give himself a little face scratch. Oh and of course to do his business, which was three poops, one solid and two quite runny and about 4-5 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.41 km DURATION: 1:07:35
Archimedes are you ready for a fast run? It seems you are, that's great. Greetings are going well, most of the time and you are ignoring the dogs behind the fences and doors much better. We got to see a bit further into Glenmore Park this morning and it seemed to be a bit busier with the nicer weather. The spring smells are certainly coming out, It's so nice to take some deep breaths in at the park. The business 1 solid poop and one not so much, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.95 km DURATION: 1:07:26
Archimedes, you go first. The rain has now turned to loonie-sized snow flakes. What a blissful environ if it was the fall or winter, but we are in the spring now, and it's one of our heaviest snowfall months on average I believe. Our trails were pretty quiet, we only got really one chance to practice on our commands with spectators. We had the entire Glenmore park to ourselves, at least as far as we could see. Sorry if I splashed you a few times. You for sure didn't deserve it, I just had dodging errors. Time for Tegan. You've been waiting so patiently and I'm not sure if you're happy to see me or just can't wait to get outside. Judging by the pee, she was both happy to see me and needed to get outside. The scoop, 2 poops for Archimedes and 5 pees. With Tegan it was 2 pees and 2 poops.
DISTANCE: 8.91 km DURATION: 1:12:45
Archimedes...and Tegan good to see you back. I could hear your excited barking before I came in, then when I got in, I could smell the excitement. Tegan's new bark collar has the distinct smell of citronella and it's been a while since I've smelled that. It reminds me of good times on a summer patio. Archimedes, you and me can head out first. You are getting really good at your "leave it" command. We had a few good practices, especially when we were in Glenmore park and saw a few deer sauntering around. We had a good negative split on our return home. Time for Tegan, and you sure were happy to get out and sniff everything. The business: Archimedes had 4 poops and 9 pees and Tegan had 2 poops and 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 7.81 km DURATION: 57:51
Archimedes, good to see you again! We are going off to explore some exciting smells at Glenmore Park. Along the way we are going to casually greet the strangers and acknowledge the barking dogs behind fences. You have been practicing I see, as you're pretty chill! We got to the park and did a lap of the outdoor pool and said hi to some wildly talking crows. Thanks for the run big guy! The scoop, 5 poops (1 solid) and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.67 km DURATION: 1:19:44
Good to see you again Archimedes and Tegan! Thanks for ordering up the good weather here. Good to hear about all your training progress Archimedes and why don't we go take those moves out for a spin? The trails were relatively quiet but we did see more people on our loop through Glenmore Park and our return to the neighbourhoods. You did well with the excitement. Time to take out Tegan for a little rip around the blocks and some rolling in the snow... no wait don't roll in that, somebody's chewed gum. The business, Archimedes 4 movements 2 poops and 5 pees, Tegan 1 poop and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.11 km DURATION: 1:10:57
Archimedes and Tegan, it is wonderful to meet you both, Now somebody take the lead for a run, I can tell you guys are excited to go. Archimedes has a good pull off the start and it's good that most of the sidewalks are now clear of ice. We could smell the air of the reservoir calling us and we were going to get there. We had a good mini lap of the water park there and then back to the house to get Tegan some relief. On the way back though, where did you go, oh your back there now. No more pulling but the mouthing at the leash happened a little bit. Tegan you were ready to go when we came back and you had some real good sniffs. The business..4 poops and 8 pees for Archimedes and 1 poop and 3 pees for Tegan.
DISTANCE: 8.52 km DURATION: 52:41
Good morning Archimedes and Tegan. I hope you both had a nice long weekend! It looks you are ready to run, so let's go! Archimedes first! He had a great run on this misty morning. We did a neighbourhood tour and maintained a decent pace. His leash behaviour was even better this week. He was a little growly at a construction worker, but maybe he was just being protective. 😀 Towards the end of our run, he started to mouth at the leash a bit. But I noticed it was whenever I started to pull ahead of him. I think he was trying to tell me "Hey, what's your hurry?" You're right buddy. No hurry. I'm just enjoying this run with you! I had time to take Tegan for a couple kilometers after, which she really enjoyed. Especially when she got to roll around on the crusty snow! ❄️ The scoop, one poop and many pees for Archimedes and two pees for Tegan.
DISTANCE: 7.30 km DURATION: 49:08
Good morning Archimedes! It's a beautiful morning for a run so let's go! Tegan, I will come back and take you out, I promise! My goal with Archimedes today was to practice and reinforce good leash behavior and he did beautifully! We started off just walking 'easy'. ✅ And then 'leave it'. ✅ His interactions with people were good but I would give Archimedes a grade "C" for the two dog encounters we had. He was still pretty growly but eventually he sat for me. Although a "C" leaves room for improvement, it also is better than an "F". Otherwise, we had a great, fairly easy going run! So I would say we celebrate small victories and I look forward to my next run with Archimedes. Doggy business: three poops and many pees.
DISTANCE: 8.30 km DURATION: 1:00:36
Good morning Archimedes and Tegan! Big smiles from Archimedes and a barking hello from Tegan. Both settled in for a treat and to suit up into their harnesses and we were off. The alley was icy ❄️ but that worked a bit in my favour as the pups were also slipping and had to negotiate their footing. Tegan still likes to announce our procession to the neighbours, but then settles in after a minute into our run. A bit of sniffing for the first few km until we got to the reservoir for a couple of photos. One with Archimedes' tongue curled out👅. We passed a group of walkers without incident until we came to the head of that pack. There was a bit of lunging that had to be managed. Then we continued on our way. As per usual, we were a little quicker on the way back. These two are great with the negative split runs! The scoop: Archimedes had two poops and 3-4 pees, Tegan had two pees and one poop.
DISTANCE: 8.00 KM DURATION: 59:34
Good morning Archimedes and Tegan! No need to bark, I'm no stranger. Once they figured out who I was and why I was there, they sat beautifully while I harnessed them up. But then down the alley we went, again with Archimedes running hard and Tegan barking away. "Easy Archimedes. Shush Tegan." All is good and on we go. I decide to go towards Fish Creek, but as we approach the off-leash, all pups within the vicinity (including A & T) were feeling quite antsy. So we u-turned and headed towards Woodbine instead. From here on out the run went great. Thanks for the run pups! The scoop: Tegan had one poop and two pees, Archimedes had three poops and 5-6 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.09 KM DURATION: 1:01:59
Good morning Archimedes and Tegan! What an exuberant greeting. It's like you haven't run for a couple weeks or something. Well, what are you waiting for? Let's go! We must be quite the sight when we start our runs. Archimedes is full throttle and Tegan is barking with excitement, announcing to everyone within earshot that we're coming. I tell Archimedes "Easy" and Tegan settles in and all is good 😊. At the start of the run I felt like I was running in the middle of a tightrope, as Archimedes leads us out with a strong pace, and Tegan takes her time to warm up and brings up the rear. By the time we got to the reservoir, the three of us were more in sync with each other (matching our paces closer together.) It was a nice warm run with an easy, cool breeze coming in from the south. Scoop: Tegan had one pee, Archimedes had one poop and several pees. Thanks for the run pups!!
DISTANCE: 7.13 km DURATION: 1:02:34
Archimedes and Tegan had a lovely run through the snow today. Tegan was very interested in sniffing in the snow for the first half of the run today. Archimedes, on the other hand was on a mission from the minute we left the house. We made our way to Glenmore Park, and stopped to play in the snow for a little while. On the way back, Tegan seemed to know where we were going, and was excited to get there! We passed several people in full snow gear, and both dogs were pretty interested in who/what these things were. We would often step off the trail and take a treat break while these people passed by. Archimedes was excited to spot a rabbit coming in and out of the neighbourhood, and we also passed a truck with several dogs. They all loudly wished each other a Happy Holiday as we passed. Doggy Business: Archimedes: 3 poops and many pees. Tegan had 1 poop and many pees.
DISTANCE: 8.27 km DURATION: 57:24
Good morning Archimedes and Tegan! It's been too long! When I first arrived the house was totally quiet. After a couple texts I found out the pups were being walked by the grandson, who is off school this week. So when I returned upon their return, I wasn't sure how anxious they would be to go out again right away. Well they were thrilled! I think their barking may have initially been because a 'stranger' was coming through the door, but then the excitement definitely took a happy tone. So without further ado we were on our way. It was a lovely morning for a run. Archimedes was feeling very social. He would pull towards every person and dog. I know he meant well as he was grinning, but sometimes it would make his 'target' a little nervous. I would tell him "Easy!" and he would back off, maybe a little reluctantly. I guess it had been a couple weeks with the cold spell since he was out running so he was excited to be out and about. Tegan was also happy to be out running, but she is a little more reserved about it. Which is why it is so nice to glance down at her and see her smiling as she runs at my side. Doggy business: A: three poops and many pees, T: two pees and no poops.