DISTANCE: 6.56 km . DURATION: 57:55
While some shy away or slow down when the snow begins to fall, Avi’s excitement builds. Avi thrives in the cold temperatures and blowing snow, and was happy to drag me along today. Oddly enough, the fresh snowfall also gave me a kick of energy, in order to keep up with my snow-loving pal. Today, we continued our exploration of Confederation Park, and I learned that it is much larger than I originally thought! We ventured over to the other side of the park via a tunnel, and stopped to take a picture of a lady and her two kids out for a wintry walk. On our way back, the wind picked up and my face began to freeze. Avi could tell it was time to kick it into 5th gear, and with that, we hustled to the warmth of ‘home’. I think someone is happy that Winter is finally here. 1 poop and 7 or 8 pees!
DISTANCE: 7.16 km . DURATION: 58:49
I think we can all agree that the weather this winter has been a bit all over the place. With ice covering paths and fields, but no snow to be found, the roads are slippery everywhere you turn. Avi and I took to a slower pace today, to avoid slipping, and as a precaution for my injured knee (thanks to slipping on the ice last week). I planned to take my sweet running buddy down towards the City Centre, to explore a different area of his ‘hood. We ended up at the ridge of Crescent Heights, and I underestimated how peaceful this part of the city would be. Stopping often to take pictures of Avi with the skyline, or to admire the beautiful houses, we eventually decided we had better get a move on. Heading back across 16th Avenue, we finished the run off with a quick loop, guided by Avi. After a quick towel-off, and one last treat, we parted ways! It is always such a pleasure. The scoop: 2 poops and LOTS of pees!
DISTANCE: 6.15 km . DURATION: 1:00:00
Today, I had a nice run with Avi who is a Husky and it was our first run. When I opened the door, he jumped on me and started giving me kisses What a friendly boy!! We ran around his hood for several loops. He was dragging me to chase the squirrel around him. We stopped for couple of poos and pees.
DISTANCE: 8.15 km. DURATION: 56:39
Avi, after ending 2018 with a great run, I was thrilled to kick off the year with you running alongside. This sweet boy sure knows how to get me moving (even first thing in the morning). I also got to try out my new Icebug runners today, which kept me from falling quite a few times. We began running in the opposite direction as our previous run, with intentions to end up in Confederation Park. This was my first time visiting the park, and boy have I been missing out! After speeding up and down the paths, and saying hello to a few friends of the canine and human variety, we made our way back to familiar territory. Our 2019 mantra is ‘GET THE SQUIRREL’, as we chased over a dozen of them on today’s run. Happy New Year Avi, thanks for starting my year off just right! The scoop: 1 poop and 8 or more pees.
DISTANCE: 9.52 km DURATION: 1:09:02
We were up at a pretty early hour with this beautiful boy. The snow just suits him and he always speeds up whenever we find any slightly snowy backwoods pathways which is always a little scary when there's the occasional ice patch. Nothing too scary though since we were being very careful. We went a little bit longer than the last time we were out together but it was nice to end the year on a run with a dog who loves the cold. Fantastic job Avi and Happy Holidays! You always keep me on my toes! Scoop: 1 poop; several pees.
DISTANCE: 9.60 km . DURATION: 1:03:41
My last official DGR run in 2018 is with my favourite Husky, Avi! I brought a Christmas treat for him but as you can see from the video that when given a choice of a run or a treat, Avi howled his choice to run. If you gave me a box of donuts and a run option, you know which one I would pick. He is such a . great runner and we enjoyed Confederation Park and ran into only 2 other dogs and guess what breed they were? Yup, Huskies! It was still chinook weather so roads were clear to run fast when we felt like it. We were a little shy of 10K but I am trying not to be OCD and always hit that mark. The Scoop: 1 poo and many markings in the white snow. Thanks to Avi's family for the nice card! Have a Merry Christmas and bright 2019. XOXO!!!
DISTANCE: 9.09 km DURATION: 1:01:41
Well Mr. Avi, everyone has been raving about how sweet you are. So I have been really looking forward to our “meet and greet” run today! Despite my desire to get acquainted before heading out, Avi gave me a quick lick on the cheek then tugged towards the door. He knew why I was there, and as soon as he trusted my scent, he was ready to roll. As this is a bit of unfamiliar territory for me, we hit a few detours but Avi seemed to know where he wanted to go for the most part. He is such a well-behaved, smart and kind pup, with gorgeous Ocean Blue eyes. The only sound I heard from my friend all run was one howl at the beginning, while I locked the door, signalling he wanted to get going. I cannot wait for our runs in the future Avi! The scoop: 1 poop and lots (at least 8) pees!
DISTANCE: 8.56 km DURATION: 1:00:15
Happy Sunday Funday, Avi!! I am so glad to see your smiling face again! This happy boy could not contain his excitement for our run today. His happy howls and storytelling as we were heading out the door were a sure sign that today was going to be an excellent run! A different scenery from our last run, we traded in the river for the neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant to Collingwood as well as the beautiful Confederation Park. It was great exploring all the new areas with Avi leading the way! Avi and I zoomed around our loop today; it was the perfect run to kick off my official day one of marathon training. Running with a fun pup like Avi sure makes training that much better! A highlight of our run today was running into a pack of Huskies. This family of three were so excited to see Avi. The tails were going, and the howls echoed through the valley of the park. These instant best friends could have played all afternoon; however, we had some more exploring to do! After saying our goodbyes, we soared around the golf course, I didn't realize how hilly it would be; a great butt workout indeed! Well, thanks for sharing your Sunday with me, Avi. Hope to see you again soon. Happy Holidays! The scoop: 1 poop, ten pees.
DISTANCE: 10.66 km . DURATION: 1:13:33
Hello darling Avi! We both are in a running mood today so let's hit the road. We wove our way through Confederation Park and crossed bridges whenever we could. There were only 2 other dogs and their owners out and about, so we ruled the park. On the way home, I took a new route and got lost in the moment. When I pulled up Google maps, it showed we were running away from Avi's home instead of towards it. I even forgot to resume Runkeeper so you will see a break in the map (our total distance was closer to 11.5K). No worries as Avi is like the Energizer Bunny and I have come to realize I am more of an endurance athlete. More time with Avi is always a gift! The scoop: 2 poops and 6 pees. Only one more run with me and Avi in 2018. Thanks again for the post-run snuggle!
DISTANCE: 8.31 km . DURATION: 59:35
Avi gave me his Husky howl greeting this morning so I knew he was a keener! That makes one of us! I have started a weight training regimen so it was really nice having Avi be the motivated one. I love how he gets spurts of speed. He was also really keen on stopping at any yellow mounds of snow to add his signature to them (if you know what I mean). Confederation Park looked so pretty this morning and I saw one x-country skier out with her dog. I wonder if Avi would like to run if I put on skis? The scoop: 1 poop and 7-8 pees at last count. Thanks again Avi for your enthusiasm!
DISTANCE: 9.27 km DURATION: 1:03:56
I thought a creative photo and route were in order for today's morning run with Avi. It is easy to the get the mid-week blues so changing things up and running with this amazing athlete is a real boost. We still went into Confederation Park but took some new twists and turns in the area. Avi got some time to play in the snow and sniff and still got in 9K. On the way home, we met a lady who lost her newest family member. If you see a small white dog with a pink jacket on in this area, she lives across the street from Avi. We hope she makes her way home. The Scoop: 1 poo and 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.58 km DURATION: 1:00:37
I think it's appropriate to mention that I found out Avi's full name is actually Avalanche after we barrelled down a hill like one on our way to Prince's Island Park. It was pretty empty there so I had to make things a bit more exciting by running through some trails near the Bow. Of course, we stopped a couple of times so Avi could get a drink. He's an absolutely lovely boy and I'm glad I could make it at least a little interesting for him. It was hills all the way back (yay!) and then some easy paced slightly inclined running through the streets. I got the impression he could go very fast if he wanted to, but thanks for taking it easy on me for the first one Avi! The Scoop: 1 poop, several pees.
DISTANCE: 9.28 km DURATION: 1:05:46
My morning run with Avi started with him howling at me like a werewolf. Actually, he gave me a lovely Husky howl to the moon as he was so excited to run. Okay, my sweet pumpkin, let's go to the graveyard as it is Halloween after all. Avi had some great energy today and I wish I could have run a bit faster for him but I have had some hip issues. Yup, old bones! we just went for distance and Avi definitely earned a post-run treat. The scoop: 1 poo and a bazillion pees. I hope you enjoy Fright Night Avi!
DISTANCE: 8.12 km DURATION: 56:48
Good Morning Avi! Today's theme seemed to be cats. First, we brought along prospective runner Kat for her interview run with DGR. Second, we saw an orange tabby cat at the beginning of our run. Avi was interested in the kitty but its fur was on end and its back arched so we continued our journey to Confederation Park. The morning was quite warm from the get go. There were a couple of boys in shorts out running for their x-country team. We continued for some quiet time in the cemetery at a steady pace. The run went pretty quickly as there was lots to tell Kat about running dogs. In the end, it looks like Kat will not be able to swing running dogs with us but it was nice meeting her. The scoop: 1 poop and 2-3 pees. Thanks Avi for being a role model DGR dog!
Runners: Ruth and Kat
DISTANCE: 9.02 km DURATION: 1:00:55
Hello, Avi! What a different climate today compared to last Wednesday's snowstorm!
As we headed towards Confederation Park, there were lots of signs indicating that Halloween is around the corner. I could tell that Avi is not a big fan of Halloween decor as she seemed a bit unnerved by skeletons and Halloween inflatables. She also seems a bit afraid of the dark as her speed always picks up when we go through the dark tunnels in Confed Park that link the green spaces. However, Avi and I both enjoyed our trip through Queen's Park Cemetery. It was really peaceful and we saw some cool headstones including one with a classic car and the mountains. I totally agree with Avi's assessment of what is spooky! We had fun running through crunchy fall leaves and probably would have gone even faster if I had worn by running shoes versus my weight trainers from my morning TRX class. Thanks again Avi for the Wednesday run! The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees.