DISTANCE: 5.05 km DURATION: 58:02
I love my Friday morning routine which includes a walk with best friends Teddy and Byrdie but I was dreading this Friday. Miss Byrdie is going to Seattle to live with her mom's grandson who is over the moon with this arrangement. Life is full of the bitter and the sweet. This is one such moment. Byrdie was sporting a new haircut and my goal was to keep her gorgeous fur dry. We headed to Bridgeland to enjoy its vibrant community. It was quiet as many people were probably attending the Stampede Parade. We had a mini Stampede experience with Yahoo sign sightings and billboards for pancake breakfasts. We did some walking, photo taking, and some sprints. Once back home, Byrdie's mom invited me inside for a visit which was lovely. Our visit ended with Byrdie giving me her signature hug where she nestles her body as closes as she can to mine with her paws around my neck. It was a perfect hug to say goodbye. Teddy and I will miss you dearly so I hope we get updates or maybe even a call if you are in town again. You are a lucky girl and will continue to be well loved. The Scoop: 1 poo and 1 pee.
XOXO from Ruthie and Teddy
DISTANCE: 5.37 km DURATION: 57:15
Within five minutes of today's walk, Byrdie, Teddy and I were all soaked. The rain continued as we got to the path by the train tracks where we were offered no shelter from any trees. I didn't even bother dodging puddles, as my shoes were already fully saturated with water. We saw planes flying low, preparing for landing as they appeared and disappeared into the misty clouds. Byrdie and Teddy often walked on the sides of the path where tall wet blades of grass were waiting to be nibbled on. By the last couple kilometres, both dogs were shaking more frequently. Whenever Teddy went to shake out the water in his fur, Byrdie would shake right after, and vice versa. I think both pups had enough time in the rain, as on the way back, there was a more urgent tug on both leashes. It was a good walk, but now it's time to get dry! Good job Byrdie! 1 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.34 km DURATION: 56:00
Now this is what I call a summer morning. The sun was high in the sky, but still casting a one of a kind morning shadow. The lingering coolness of yesterday's rain was slowly being overtaken by summer's warm embrace. And of course, a smiling, happy, panting pup was patiently waiting for her morning run. Byrdie and I walked on a path by the train tracks where cyclists' commuting to work or elsewhere sped past us. She ran in and out of the tall wet grass that was almost twice as tall as she was. There were lots of birds on the path, but they weren't there for their morning workout. They were feasting on the worms who came to the surface; thinking it would be safer up there. Well, they thought wrong as beaks ripped out their insides. We salute you worms, thank you for your service! 0 poo 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.58 km. DURATION: 1:01:07
Together Again! It's been a year since Jamie and I ran with Byrdie. What a confident dog she has become! It took about 30 seconds for the two dogs to become reacquainted and from then on, they were fast friends once again. Byrdie took us on a tour of her new neighborhood, stopping at all the highlights (utility poles, grass, fences, other dogs in the community). She and Jamie shared the lead, and would occasionally touch noses just to make sure her little friend was okay. We took the trail up to Tom Campbell Hill, where we had a great view of the city and the mountains. Then home again, picking up the pace as we went. Byrdie can really turn on the jets when she wants to! So nice to see you again, Byrdie. The scoop: one poop, two pees for Byrdie.
DISTANCE: 5.01 km DURATION: 51:59
Happiness is the smell of the air after a downpour of rain. Happiness is flowers in a basket on a bike. Happiness is being greeted by Byrdie as if you are the best thing since sliced bread. Happiness is getting to walk your dog (Teddy) with a friend (Byrdie). Happiness is getting in a workout and beating a storm when there are threatening clouds. Happiness is definitely ice cream (see photo). Happiness is checking out all the sights that a quaint community like Bridgeland has to offer including polka dot sidewalks. Happiness is wagging tails and long panting tongues. I guess you could say this Wednesday Walk with Byrdie and Teddy made me pretty happy, I think they would agree. The Scoop: 1 poo and 4 pees for Teddy and nothing to report for Byrdie.
DISTANCE: 4.84 km DURATION: 1:05:06
There are always cool signs and sights to see when walking Byrdie and Teddy. This morning we took it nice n' easy and literally stopped to smell roses along the way (see photo). Teddy had a big hike over the weekend and with the early morning heat, I thought both doggies would enjoy the leisurely pace to sniff. We also saw quite a few dog-related signs including one for a lost puppy so we kept our eyes open. Not much to report beyond 2 very happy canines. The Scoop: 1 pee for Byrdie. See you in a few weeks Miss Byrdie!
DISTANCE: 5.10 km DURATION: 1:00:56
I am going to call today's outing with Byrdie and Teddy my Gratitude Walk! Today, I was on a mission to keep Byrdie relatively dry which was not an easy task as it was raining as I drove to Byrdie's house. I took the dogs mostly on paved areas throughout Bridgeland and we soaked up the sights without getting soaked! Here are some of the things we saw and appreciated: a cool wooden door (photo provided), a honey truck, a line of school children attached by a rope, a hare (see photo), an interesting note with a display of a woman wanting to be a florist (see photo), and nice urban art (see photo). The Scoop: 1 poop each, 1 pee for Byrdie, and a kazillion pees for Teddy. Mission to keep Byrdie clean was pretty successful!
DISTANCE: 6.16 km DURATION: 55:33
Brrrr Byrdie! It is a cold and rainy one so I was pretty grateful that Byrdie and Teddy were good with kicking our pace up a notch to keep warm. I love how Byrdie follows Teddy's cues and pretty much just wants to be close to him the entire run. This did mean that we would go through the off-leash trail with long wet grass. Soon, I had two happy but soggy doggies! Thanks for the waking me up and generating some heat on this cool, wet Friday. The Scoop: only Teddy did his business.
DISTANCE: 5.13 km DURATION: 1:05:08
Holy smokes is it smoky outside from the Alberta fires! The game-plan for this Friday Byrdie-Teddy outing was to take it nice and easy . This gave us ample opportunity to meet play with friends. There was this big St. Bernard who enjoyed watching Teddy chase the ball and then there was Oscar the Maltese. We went through the treed area by the Science Centre as I heard that it is best to stay near green spaces when the air quality is poor. Despite the conditions, our trio had a great time and of course, I enjoyed my post-run visit with Byrdie's family. The Scoop: 1 poo and pee for Miss Byrdie. I hope the weekend brings some rain followed by blue skies.
DISTANCE: 5.47 km DURATION: 59:19
I have recently taken to the list form to do these blogs, so here it goes:
- ran 5 kilometers
- Teddy came along
- each dog pooped once
- each dog peed more than once
- we saw the rings at the Science Centre
- we saw two other dogs being walked on our walk
- it was a slightly overcast day
Well, that sums up the run. Cheers!
What a joy it has been having Byrdie stay at our home for the past 10 days! She and my dog Teddy are as thick as thieves and often were found next to one another on dog beds as I wrote blogs and worked. We had daily walks of an hour or more and it felt like a therapy session for me. We were on the lookout for Byrdie's sister who lives in my neighbourhood but had no luck. Byrdie had lots of outdoor time while we sat in the hot tub. In addition, she got lots of TLC from my 3 sons. In a male dominated household, it was quite nice having this sweet gal. She was here for both Mother's Day and my birthday and that made both days even more special! I am glad your dad is home and on the mend and we hope to have more future playdates!
Pet Sitter: Ruth
DISTANCE: 4.00 km DURATION: 55:33
Wet. Today was wet. We wandered back and forth through the park in a weird sort of circular fashion. I would throw a stick, Teddy would chase the stick, Byrdie would chase Teddy, Byrdie would drag me along on the leash and then, when this human/dog slinky collapse back together, I would collect the stick from Ted and put us back in motion. This went on for a substantial amount of time. It was enjoyable. The Scoop: 1 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.01 km DURATION: 1:03:21
Ideal conditions with ideal companions. Byrdie, Teddy, and I have been making daily hour walks a priority and this one was absolutely magnificent. There was a slight breeze, blue sky and finally Calgary is past the brown season and into the green season. We saw lots of other dogs out there and even some dogs running with their owners. We just took it nice and easy with lots of time to sniff, roll in the grass, and wag tails. We even stopped by my kids' elementary school (Sunalta). The Scoop: Byrdie had 1 pee and Teddy did his business on all fronts.
DISTANCE: 6K DURATION: 1 hour
Well, Byrdie and Teddy hit the town and let's just say they coloured it yellow. There was an almost alarming amount of urine on the walk today. Byrdie would pick the spots and Teddy would mark them. I was kind of curious this morning what a stash of Gatorade was doing underneath Teddy's bed, but now I'm no longer curious. Just so you get the picture, I'm talking Olympic swimming pools, not pails. Although, it was pretty pale, come to think of it. Well, those two are certainly well hydrated. 1 poo, many pees.
Ingredients: left over ripened bananas from the Doggy Dash
a sweet visitor, DGR Dog Byrdie
3 hungry sons
Well, in between editing blogs and working out, Byrdie and I made 2 different banana breads. I think it was exhausting for both of us as we both are not allowed to eat banana bread right now and the temptation was pretty big. That's okay Byrdie, let's go have a power nap and continue our day. She had a walk with Noah and Teddy this morning so we just spent some time in the backyard enjoying the milder weather. I look forward to more adventures with you Miss Byrdie.
Pet Sitter: Ruth