DISTANCE: 5.04 km DURATION: 1:00:37
Today I may have made steps to cracking the Briar code. When putting your shoes on, stay inside but let him go outside and you will avoid an inadvertent and one-sided game of leap frog. When finishing your jog, and he seems to want to display his naughty teen behaviour, run a little faster up the hill, he has to spend much more energy focusing on keeping up that he can't bite on anything! Hills + speed = Briar kryptonite. We took the less-beaten path which meant even more stopping and smelling for Briar. It was lovely to really take our time and smell the roses, well... more like trees & poles... or anything protruding a few inches from the ground. So I told him we would go a bit faster on the way home to make up for his dilly-dallying! 2 poops 10+ pees (though less than usual).
DISTANCE: 6.57 km DURATION: 1:08:50
Briar and I had a grand old time running through the once frozen puddles. If I wasn't careful, he would have pulled me in more than once! There is something kind of comical about him; his shoulders roll like a leopard when he walks, and his lumbering run reminds me of a bear but he has the cutest baby face! The bluest sky made for some excellent photo taking but Briar was a bit camera shy. So most are of the back of his head... haha! We had almost no mouthing and jumping today! Though I'm not sure to what degree my towelling helped (it was so slushy out!) 1 poop, 1 liquid poop. Tons of pees.
DISTANCE: 5.55 km . DURATION: 1:04:28
What a great afternoon! Briar was VERY interested in whatever my pants smelled like (several other dogs I'm guessing). He spent quite some time trying to figure it all out. We decided to go a but slower today, as all the snow is melting and revealing so many new smells! We had a bit of stop & go to begin with again but he quickly got in a groove. Briar had a big smile on his face the whole time. Someone yelled at us from across the street, "he's so beautiful!". Someone else said "Maybe get a smaller dog next time" Pppffttt, that guy must not know that more dog = exponentially more fun! We had no teenager antics until we were home and trying to towel-off. Something about that white towel makes Briar think he's a bull and I'm the matador. 2 poops, gazillion pees.
DISTANCE: 5.82 km . DURATION: 1:03:32
What a bouncy boy today, Briar was super excited to go for our jog. So much so, that he played the horse and I was the carriage for a few blocks. But I put my foot down, well both feet actually, and let him know that we're a team. With a bit of stop & go & a few treats, Briar was running by my side. By the end of our run, he started correcting himself! What a smart boy. I think the sun put the extra spring in his step. It certainly gave me a boost of energy. Everyone we passed gave us a big smile; happy to see such a handsome boy running so well. We had none of yesterday's antics until we got right to the gate at the backyard. But I wouldn't wanna go back inside quite yet on such a beautiful day as today. 1 poop, 1 liquid poop, and 6+pees.
DISTANCE: 5.32 km DURATION: 1:02:32
The big guy was super relaxed again today, I think he wanted to make sure we were being safe on all the ice! And when I did have a little slip, he was right there to make sure I was okay. Thanks buddy! I started us off with a brisk walk, to get all his pees and marking done, but it wasn't long before Briar was looking at me like "let's get this show on the road lady!" Off we went; making a loop along the ridge and into the park. We seemed to have the paths all to ourselves with the snow scaring everyone away. He did not want it to end! Jumping up and asking to keep going, but with a bit of firm coaxing and a few treats, he agreed it was time to head home. We will continue tomorrow! 2 poops for Briar & as usual, lots of pees.
DISTANCE: 4.66 km . DURATION: 56:29
Maybe it's the absence of the kennel, maybe it's the warm weather, maybe it's something in the air but Briar was in a super relaxed mood. He ran and walked loose-leashed with me and was super good about listening too! The big guy was happy to set a chill pace so we could enjoy the views and smell all the smells. 1 poop, many pees.
DISTANCE: 5.53 km . DURATION: 1:17:13
Just to mix things up, Briar and I headed into Scenic Acres today! We had a great time perusing about 😊 Briar did so well today that I let him do his thing. Okay, it was for my own selfish reasons. This is my last run with this handsome devil so I certainly wasn’t in any hurry to say goodbye 😢. We were actually not going that slow until a lady pulled her car over and told me what a beautiful Rottweiler I had😃. I did not say he wasn’t mine but I didn’t say he was.... I plead the fifth!😜 After that, my friend got a little distracted by a bra hanging in a tree so he had to go over and give it a good shake!😂 (good thing it was empty ) Anyways, we ended our run like we always do and had a little party in the backyard before calling it a day. Thanks for such a great outing today Briar! You will be missed. 4 poos (1 runny) and lots of pees today. Cheers! Take care my friend!
DISTANCE: 5.42 km . DURATION:1:04:49
Briar and I got started off on a great foot! He was, understandably, very excited to have two runners with him today: me and DGR's one and only Tammy. He kept tabs on us frequently to make sure we were all having a good time. Once he got all of his silly beans out, he was very good on his leash. I'm sure the sunshine and the warmer weather played a part as well. I look forward to running with Briar again tomorrow! The scoop: one poop and many, many, many pees.
DISTANCE: 5.24 km DURATION: 58:15
First dates are always a little intimidating, right? Briar and I had our first walk together today and I think we were both a little nervous. He greeted me with a giant grin and the energy of a torpedo. He's an excitable pup, so I made sure to establish a friendly relationship before starting our walk -- this involved a few treats and a lot of pats. Briar definitely knew where he wanted to go on his walk. We stuck close to home for the first little bit and once we got into the groove, we ventured into the community. Briar also has a great temperament. Of course, him still being a pup, he is very curious, but for a majority of our walk he stuck to the path and close by me. Next time, we will get more creative when choosing a route! The scoop: 20+ pees, 0 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.47 km . DURATION: 1:00:10
What a beautiful day to go for a run! It was my first time running with Briar, and what a great time we had. I semi planned out a route before picking him up, and was really looking forward to hitting the trails along Silverthorn and Bowmont Park. The views of the snow-capped Rockies, and the turquoise river below did not disappoint! Even Briar took in the nice view from a lookout spot. The first half of the run, Briar was all over the place; pulling me from one pee patch to the next. Which made him want to pee a million times! So at some point, I just started pulling him along before we spent the entire hour just peeing! Onwards from the neighbourhood streets to the hilly trails. Lots of fun smells, so Briar would often run with his nose right on the ground, tripping me occasionally, so I tried to keep him mostly on one side of me, or to get him to pass me in the front and not the back! I think that will get better with time. Lots of cute doggies to encounter, and Briar was so well behaved and polite! And he seemed happy to visit. On the last half of the run, Briar and I kept a good pace, and he jogged so nicely beside me. Good fun! The Scoop: many pees.
DISTANCE: 5.16 km DURATION: 59:53
Hey Briar! How are you? I'm thinking that like most Calgarians, Briar is tired of this cold spell and feeling a little restless. It looked like he pulled every toy out to pass the time with this morning! So he was so happy to get out for his mid-day run today. But is there anything that doesn't make this jovial guy happy? Our speed today was rushing from one yellow patch to the next. If I did have my Runkeeper on auto pause I'll bet we would have finished that 5K at least 20 minutes faster! Maybe it's because I chose a different route today, and there were new smells to smell. The route did take us through a long tobogganing hill, and it was funny how annoyed he looked that I wanted to take his photo there. Well, get your sledding in now folks because apparently warm weather starts tomorrow! Scoop: only pees, but lots of them.
DISTANCE: 5.73 km . DURATION: 50:22
So while most runners may have been cold today, I was hot and bothered as this was the second time a prospective runner stood me up for an interview. No worries, Briar as this afternoon's outing is a party of two (you and me). We also decided to keep the pace quick to keep me warm and you focused. Briar had one moment where I could tell he wanted to bite the leash and play but we averted this with a redirect, a treat, and a shortened leash. Good Boy! The only other event was when Briar and a white hare were both on their hind legs staring at each other. It was quite the stand-off. The Scoop: 5 pees only. Great workout Briar! Hope you like the Prisma photo at the top.
DISTANCE: 4.45 km . DURATION: 1:04:04
Oh Briar! I was so pleased to see how well you've done on your past two DGR runs with Ruth. For the most part, you really held it together for most of your run with me today too. But I wasn't feeling well, and maybe it was because I wasn't able to give you enough exercise that towards the end of our walk, you couldn't resist jumping up on me. But look at that smile on your face! It looks like you were just wanting to give me an over-affectionate hug. But the leash biting is something we want to curb so I had to get stern with you, and even used the "toe grab" technique. I also calmed you down with some full body pets. By the time we were inside, you were calm, and ready to settle in for the afternoon with your Kong. Oh and before I forget, I also wanted to share something new I learned about you. You have a fascination with white cars! In fact, you almost tried to jump on one driving by! Thankfully, you were attached to me so nothing happened. Phew! Maybe your "mom" drives a white car? Scoop: only pees today.
DISTANCE: 6.01 km DURATION: 55:04
Long time, no see! Just kidding Briar as we were together less than 24 hours ago. I am still buzzing from how fabulous our walk was yesterday so should we continue that streak? Briar's polite greeting said it all. We had such an uneventful pleasant walk on this bluebird sky day. There are only two things to mention. One: Briar saw a rocking horse in someone's lawn and had to bark at it. Two: a rabbit bolted out in front of us and I was amazed at our fast reflexes. Fortunately, my reflex to hold on tight triumphed over Briar's to catch the bunny. The Scoop: 1 poop and several pees. Great job Briar! You are really getting the hang of things!
DISTANCE: 6.05 km . DURATION: 57:14
I had to give myself a pep talk about going out in the cold on this Family Day when I was pretty comfortable reading my book. I had been out earlier with my dog Teddy and my toes froze. Well, after these hesitations, I had my best outing with Briar to date. He got an A+ for behaviour with no leash-biting and excellent listening skills. The bright sun warmed us just enough and we kept moving so as to avoid distractions. We saw bunnies and a a few dogs out and about but our main focus was to be in the moment and enjoy each other's company. I am super proud of Briar! The Scoop: 0 poop and lots of yellow snow.