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
DISTANCE: 6.93 km DURATION: 1:00:14
Guess what day it was today? Well, we did not bike to work today but we watched as cyclists were encouraged by volunteers as they travelled to work. We saw signs for hot chocolate but did not see a stand. That's okay as today we did some running. We then veered off the pavement and onto the trails fo some off-leash time for Teddy and visits with other dogs on a stroll. Once Boston Terrier took quite the fancy to Byrdie! Byrdie collected some twigs on her underbelly but that was okay as her mom gave her post-run belly rubs and grooming. See you at the Doggy Dash tomorrow Miss Byrdie. Teddy will be there too! The Scoop: no poops or pees.
DISTANCE: 4.13 km DURATION: 1:10:14
It is a good Good Friday because I get to take Byrdie and Teddy out on their walk with another prospective DGR Runner (Rebecca). The top photo tells most of the story of this walk as Byrdie was all about stopping, flopping, and getting in most cuddles. Rebecca and I both noticed that once she had her 2nd poop (Byrdie rarely poops on our outings), she was back in running form. Byrdie also had more pep to her step when she chased after Teddy who was chasing his orange ball. We also met some big doggies including a Bernese Mountain Dog named Gracie and 2 dogs that were Chow/Husky X so t was a party! The scoop: 2 poops and no pees for this sweet gal. Have a lovely Easter!
Runners: Ruth and Rebecca
DISTANCE: 5.26 km DURATION: 1:08:19
Are we back to Winter? The dusting of snow was actually nothing to complain about and Byrdie and Teddy enjoyed it thoroughly. Teddy, of course, rolled in it and Byrdie just wagged her tail happily. I brought prospective DGR Runner Hadley with me and we had a great time discussing dog running and our interest. We did some trail sections with Teddy off-leash and ran into dog and human friends. It was lovely seeing my bookclub buddies and their doggies out for fresh air this morning. I told them I was pretty lucky that this is my office and I know my friend Lori who owns an urban walking business can relate to the joy of an outdoor office. Not much more to report though we did see Easter Egg Hunt signs and signs for candidates so I hope Calgarians go out and vote. The Scoop: Byrdie had no business today.
Runner: Ruth and Hadley
DISTANCE: 5.65 km DURATION: 1:05:11
Teddy, Byrdie & I set our sights on urban walking through Bridgeland this morning. I love this eclectic area and I think the pups did as well. There were lots of delicious smells so we had lots of stops along the way but it is Friday so we were not in a rush. At the Bridgeland Market, there was a cool sign that had me thinking the rest of the walk. Because we stuck to the pavement, Byrdie came home relatively free of twigs and leaves in her fur. The scoop: Byrdie had a record 2 poops and 1 pee. Thanks for the checking out the Bridgeland scene!
DISTANCE: 5.31 km DURATION: 57:11
Byrdie and Teddy greeted each other like it had been ages since they last saw each other but it was only last Friday. Maybe that is longer than we think as we usually calculate 1 year in a dog's life as 7 years. It was a cool but refreshing morning and we headed to the off-leash trail by the Science Centre. Teddy got lots of time fetching and Byrdie raced after Teddy. On the way up the hill, a Flat-Coated St. Bernard pup named Groves joined the party. Byrdie just watched as Groves and Teddy chased after the ball. On the way home, Byrdie also started kissing Teddy and she actually jumped off the ground. I wished I had a photo of that moment but I will store it in my memory bank. The Scoop: Byrdie has 1 pee about 5 paces from her front door. Thanks for being always making my week end on a high note.