DISTANCE: 6.91 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
Good morning Tegan and Henry. I think Tegan woke up on the wrong side of the dog bed this morning as she was a little barky with me. Her human wanted to put her shock collar on her but I said there was no need. I reminded Tegan that I am the bearer of treats and she sat and accepted some very nicely. So the three of us suited up and we were off. Another slow start today as the pups had to take in all the smells the park had to offer. But the sun was shining so there were no complaints from me! Once in the neighbourhood of Canyon Meadows, they picked up speed and we cruised around with ease. On the way back we bumped into Kacie and Pink’s (two other DGR dogs) doppelgängers. So I had to take their pic too. All in all a nice morning to spend with Tegan and Henry! The Scoop: only pees for Henry and two of each for Tegan.
DISTANCE: 6.11 km DURATION: 57 minutes
Good morning Tegan! I guess it's just you and me as your other Thursday sidekick, Henry, is home with a tummy ache. (Too much pizza will do that to me too!🍕🤢) I kept thinking about DGR Runner Sheri's blog from earlier this week when I was out with Tegan today. She was talking about the merits of out and back routes. As I mentioned yesterday, and as is occurring to me today, a lot of us dog runners are always thinking about routes, and how to best optimize our hour with the dog. SO this is typically what happens with Tegan. She spends the first half of the run sniffing every fire hydrant, sign post, bush and tree. So I think to myself, Oh Tegan, we have to run more than this today. This is our "out". And then there's our "back". Which wasn't exactly the same path that we went out on, but Tegan is a different dog on the way back. She is focused on the run. Now, it could be that she was tired of being out in the rain, or that she smelled all she needed to smell, or that she didn't like that lady dressed all in black that she saw. But our "out" took 35 minutes and our back took 22 minutes. So we both got our heart rates up there for a decent amount of time. Thanks Tegan for the run! The Scoop: 1 poop, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.97 km DURATION: 56 minutes
Good morning pups! I think Tegan may have woken up on the wrong side of the doggy bed today, as truthfully, she seemed a little grumpy when I first arrived. Henry's human said the same thing. It got me thinking about how sometimes dogs can get a little moody too. (I know my dog does!) Well Tegan, let's do something to get you out of your funk. "Bark bark bark!" she replied as we left the backyard. But then soon enough, she started to smile. That's what I love about running dogs, it never takes long for those endorphins to kick in, even on those mornings when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed! And Henry, for being a small Boston Terrier, and 9 years old, is amazing! I'm sure running 7K is like running a marathon for him. Haha, a Boston Marathon! Great job today pups! The Scoop: 1 poop each, lots of pees for Henry and 2 for Tegan.
DISTANCE: 6.04 km DURATION: 57 minutes
Good morning Tegan and Henry! I hope you've both had a good couple of weeks. I had a great holiday but missed my DGR dogs. So let's head out for our run! Today Tegan and Henry had a really smooth run, in the sense that we started off at a decent pace with less stops. I know sniffing is important for pups though, so I do allow for that. We kept up our decent pace right up until Henry stopped to read a funny licence plate. He laughed because it read, "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch." Well we passed many porch sitters, that barked their dismay that we were out for a run, and they were stuck on the porch. These two showed me today that they could definitely run with the big dogs! The Scoop: 1 poop for Henry, with lots of pees. Two pees for Tegan.
DISTANCE: 6.97 km DURATION: 1 hour
Happy Thursday Tegan! The walkway at your home away from home looks great! Now let's head out for a run! Speaking of home, I do find Tegan to be a bit of a homebody. In the sense that she typically tends to do a lot of sniffing around and rolling in the grass when we are running away from home. Having said that, Tegan actually had less sniff breaks today and we made it past the 3K mark before turning around. What she does do though is at every intersection, she seems to want to turn in. I'll give her a little pat on the head and a scratch beneath the collar and then break it to her that we're not turning around yet. And then when we finally do turn in, Tegan picks up her feet, she has no more need to sniff and we are off, homeward bound. Because I think for Tegan, home is where her bed is laid, she gets fed and cared for, and her humans love her. She's such a lucky pup to have a couple homes that fit this bill. The Scoop: 1 pee, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 5.10 km DURATION: 53 minutes
Today I had the pleasure of meeting Tegan's buddy Henry, AKA Hank, especially if he's in trouble! Excitement was high for everybody when I arrived. Tegan wasn't sure at first if she wanted to head out for this run, but once we were on our way it was smooth sailing, with some pit stops along the way. Tegan did her regular sniff and roll routine, which Henry was very obliging about. Then we would have some jogging intervals. But when it came down to it, it was warm for a run. The pups would let me know when they needed a break by just lying down on a shady spot of grass. At first they didn't know what to make of the water dish that I brought, but it didn't take long for their thirst to kick in. They were loving our little water breaks. Stay cool you two! The Scoop: Henry had 1 poop and many pees, Tegan had two of each.
DISTANCE: 7.34 km DURATION: 56 minutes
Today Tegan and I mixed things up a bit. Last time it was just the two of us, Tegan didn't feel like running much. It was quite warm that day. So today I thought we would take a little field trip to South Glenmore Park. At first, it was the same stop n' sniff routine. But after doing her thing (a huge poop and very long pee) she started motoring along. I get it Tegan, I can't run with a full bladder either! At one point we saw a deer up ahead on the path. I thought for sure Tegan would give her little 'bark bark' at the deer, but nope. The two just stared at each other. Same thing when we saw a gopher. I guess Tegan just feels at one with nature and critters. Great run today Tegan! See you next week! I'm looking forward to meeting your friend, Henry.
DISTANCE: 6.90 km DURATION: 1 hour 6 minutes
Good morning Tegan! Juno and I were inadvertently teasing Tegan today as I had a brain lapse and couldn't remember the door code. She was barking away, as if to say what's taking you guys so long?? Open the door already! Well when I finally got the door open I got the best greeting. It set the tone for a great run with these two girls. My last run with Tegan was a little on the shorter side for distance. But it was quite warm. So we had lot of things going for us today: 1) I brought a friend for her (a Gulpy water bottle) and 2) we started the run earlier so it was still on the cool side. The end result was a run close to 7K! Great job Tegan! The Scoop: 2 pees, 0 poops.
DISTANCE: 7.21 km DURATION: 1 hour 4 minutes
Good morning Tegan! Tegan was waiting for me in the backyard today, and greeted me with a friendly bark and a wag of her tail. She was in a great mood today, but maybe not in the mood to run far or fast. I had set my mind to run to Fish Creek today with her, but you know what they say about the best laid plans and intentions. Tegan preferred sniffing all the smells, and rolling around in the grass today. It took about 15 minutes to run our first km, but we were both smiling the whole time! She was especially cute and playful today, and I didn't have the heart to drag her away from her antics. She eventually picked up her feet and we almost made it to our destination. We bush-whacked a bit by the driving range, and came across a serene deer, who looked at us as if to say, "What are you doing here?" We're just enjoying the morning just like you! Thanks for the playful run Tegan! The Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 7.08 km DURATION: 59 minutes
Good morning Tegan! I've missed you! Meet my dog, Juno. After Tegan barked her hellos, and the two pups had a chance to circle and sniff each other, all seemed good so off we went. I don't know about Tegan, but both Juno and I have some catching up to do with logging some running miles. This run especially felt like all three of us hadn't run for a while. (Although actually, for Juno and me this was our second run of the morning, which might actually be why we were a little tired.) In any case, there were lots of pauses to allow for sniffing and scavenging. No complaints from anyone about this! We made it to the reservoir, which provided a nice backdrop for some photos. You can really see how windy it was! Okay, homewards bound. We passed by the Junior High as the kids were being dismissed for lunch and Tegan showed a lot of interest in one boy in particular on his bike. Well wouldn't you know it's one her humans! He biked over to say 'Hi' and then he went ahead on his bike. Then, Tegan showed how fast she really can run as she really wanted to keep up! So the last kilometre was definitely our fastest by a long shot! The Scoop: 1 poop, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.03 km DURATION: 58 minutes
Good morning Tegan! I'm so happy to see you! And we could use all the happiness we can get, can't we? This was my first run with Tegan since her boyfriend Archimedes passed away and I was a little teary eyed reminiscing with his human. Tegan showed all the behaviours of why these dogs are so, so special to us. She barked upon my arrival to protect the home front. Once she saw me hug her human, she was all smiles and happy to head off on a run with me. She knew that if I was hug-worthy in Kimberly's eyes, she could trust being in my care for the hour. It was nice to have a run where Tegan could take whatever pace she wanted. She would sometimes run about as fast as her legs could carry her, and then stopped to sniff whenever she pleased. Towards the end, the warmth was getting to her so we took a nice easy pace to bring it home. Thank you Tegan for being so good for our hearts when we need it. I'll see you when I get back! The Scoop: 1 poop, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 10.75 km DURATION: 1:hour 3 minutes
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 minutes
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, 4-5 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.41 km DURATION: 1 hour 7 minutes
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 Scoop: 1 poop, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.95 km DURATION: 1 hour 7 minutes
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, 5 pees. Tegan had 2 pees, 2 poops.