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.
DISTANCE: 5.02 km . DURATION: 57:31
Byrdie got an extra friend to run with today. She has met Ollie (A Golden Doodle that I am pet sitting) before so I decided to take him along with Teddy to meet Byrdie and formed this trio. We started as a hot tangled mess but once we got moving, we were in fine form. The pups enjoyed some time down by the pathway and we ran into a Maltese/Poodle X named Oscar who seemed to like Byrdie. I must say with Teddy, Ollie, and Oscar - there are a lot of men in Byrdie's life. Our only excitement was when a taunting hare kept crossing the street in front of the dogs. The Scoop: poop by all (yes, Byrdie actually pooped on a run) and pees by all. Have a lovely weekend!
DISTANCE: 6.06 km . DURATION: 56:16
Hello Miss Byrdie or should I say Birthday Girl? Your mom reminded me that tomorrow is your 2nd birthday. So, let's make this a Birthday Run, shall we? Teddy was a bit cranky at first but when I gave him a ball, he was set to go. Byrdie joined in on some mini-sprints when I threw the ball to Teddy. We celebrated Byrdie by going past the Science Centre and enjoying the trails. We also stopped for some cuddles and pats. I think the biggest present was seeing 3 Spring hares (white with some new brown spots) play 'Ring around the Rosie' on a lawn. Truthfully, this gift was more for Teddy as Byrdie does not have much of a prey drive. She just loves everyone and everyone loves her! Well, Birthday Girl, I hope you get to continue the party tomorrow. The scoop: nothing to report.
DISTANCE: 8.25 km . DURATION: 1:25:08
Change is in the air. Soon it will be daylight savings time and spring is getting closer. I thought I would change things up and try a different route through Bridgeland. It must be casual Fridays as I even forgot to wear my runners and had boots on. That's okay, as I can run in boots! Byrdie and Teddy were enjoying all the new smells and I got very lost in my own thoughts. I then got geographically lost! How silly is this as I have been running Byrdie for some time now. Both Byrdie and Teddy enjoyed the extra time together but when we finally turned the corner and found home, they sprinted! No rescue parties had to be sent and in the end, we just had more time together which is always joyful. The Scoop: nothing despite the longer outing!
DISTANCE: 5.41 km . DURATION: 54:16
Brrrr Byrdie! Today is a cold one but I brought along future DGR Runner Kathleen and Teddy to warm you up. We started our adventure by seeing a sun dog (cold rainbow) in the sky. That was definitely cool (excuse the pun)! We headed down into the pathway system and it was like being in an even colder climate with the wind. Byrdie and Teddy seemed good to go as long as they were running. Teddy was also on a mission to pick up sticks along the way. Byrdie as always followed Teddy's cues but was less in a kissing mood this morning. I think her tongue would have froze on Teddy if she tried. Byrdie and I both think Kathleen will be a great addition to the team as she was so positive and such a trooper through this chilly outing. The phone froze when it came time for photos so I am posting some of my past favs. The Scoop: 1 pee for Byrdie and some markings for Teddy. Stay warm everyone as I realized post-run, I got some frostbite on my ears! Written by Ruth
Thank you Byrdie and Teddy for welcoming me to the Dog Gone Running Team with lots of kisses, wags, and smiles along our chilly run/walk to Sparks today. As Ruth said, if you can get up for a run on such a chilly day like today then you can handle it all! The Sundog was a nice touch to a great first experience running with these two cute furry friends. ❄️😊🐶🌈. Written by Kathleen
Runners: Ruth and Kathleen
DISTANCE: 6.05 km DURATION: 56:31
Hello Friday! I love Fridays as they always start with a morning outing with Miss Byrdie and her buddy Teddy. It is a stress-free way to begin the weekend. Byrdie was in a kissing mood from the start and I got a few licks while Teddy got many. It is quite a talent for her to kiss and run simultaneously. Teddy got some off-leash time and he found a stick that he tried to convince Byrdie to pick up and play keep away. Byrdie did not pick up on these cues and went on flipping her hair and kissing him. She is too cute for words. The run ended with a lovely visit with Byrdie's mom. The Scoop: lots of business for Teddy but none for Byrdie.
DISTANCE: 5.83 km . DURATION: 50:02
Hello Byrdie! Teddy sure was excited to see you today that instead of his normal whimpers he let a full throttle howl of joy! It was brisk out with a light amount of falling snow but we made our goal of getting to the Science Centre which has a current exhibit on the circus. Byrdie and Teddy both were in a running mood and thanks to Byrdie's mom, they both had musher's cream on their paws so their paw pads were somewhat protected. They are truly urban athletes today. Speaking of Urban Athlete, I stopped by to see mascot Marvin
(photo below). Byrdie's parents workout here and I am an instructor at this gym so I thought they would enjoy this photo of Marv getting a belly rub. Thanks again Byrdie for being so delightful on this frosty day. The Scoop: Teddy did all the business and Byrdie just observed.
DISTANCE: 4.11 km DURATION: 50:12
Wow, it sure was cold today! My phone must've gotten frostbite as the Runkeeper app kept on annoyingly pausing and every time I found it was paused I had to take off my gloves. The cold would immediately suck the warmth from my phalanges as I fumbled with my cellular brick of ice. Despite the freezing atmosphere, Byrdie was very happy that I brought Teddy, Teddy was very happy that I brought him to Byrdie and I was very happy that I had many layers on. We went to the train tracks where we saw the locomotive loudly tug along dozens of train cars. With Teddy in the lead, Byrdie at his heels, and me connected to the two, we were sort of like a train at times (sometimes this train had two engines). So, despite this frosty day we kept on chugging. 1 poo, 2 pees from Byrdie.
I got to have more bonding time with sweetie little, Byrdie over the last few days. I called her my shadow as it was just us girls for the weekend again, as my husband was away on a ski trip. And Byrdie loves being right by my side. This is great for both of us when I'm reading, sitting at the computer, or watching TV, but became a different matter when I was having a bath. It was almost like the scene from Lady and the Tramp with the Siamese Cat. She circled the tub wondering how she could snuggle with me. And I think she thought the bubbles were cushions because before I knew it, there she was in the bath with me! Well I laughed but I don't think she found it as funny. But it did lead to some immediate towel snuggles so she was fine by then. Otherwise, our time consisted of a lot of indoor time with brief breaks outside. We've had at least one daily walk where all three of us got bundled up, but even with the paw balm, the paws didn't lasting long in the -30C weather!
Pet Sitter: Tammy
DISTANCE: 6.00 km . DURATION: 56:35
What a difference two days make! The temps were perfect for my Byrdie & Teddy Friday outing. There was a light snow and it felt quite warm! The game-plan today was to go into Bridgeland for a light jog around the neighbourhood and main drag. In addition, I thought I should include Byrdie and Teddy on my butt workout. I have been training for a competition and what better way to work the glutes than stairs. We went up and down some good ones and Byrdie was even smiling as evidenced by the above photo! We also met a lady out with her Husky who knew Byrdie. It makes sense as Byrdie is so social. I bet she has several admirers. The scoop: Teddy did all the doggy business and Byrdie just sniffed a lot. Have a lovely weekend. I guess your mom and I will both be Sleepless in Seattle (as we are both headed there over the weekend.)
DISTANCE: 4.63 . DURATION: 53:23
Is there a full moon heading our way? It sure was a wonky start to the day where I felt like I was behind schedule and some new runs to add to the day. With a deep breath, I got Byrdie and Teddy out in this -16C day. With the chilly wind, we all were in running mode. We headed down to the train tracks where I let Teddy off-leash and lo and behold I saw a coyote. Fortunately, Teddy was busy sniffing so I leashed him up and we changed our plans to finding some neighbourhood streets. However, before leaving the park, a stray dog with no discernible owner in sight came to visit us. The dilemma was whether to leash this dog up and find its owner or to continue. I made an educated guess that the owner was the person in the far background and we continued. The weather today was a challenge for Byrdie, Teddy, and me. The dogs both got large ice-balls in their paw-pads so I took my gloves off and tried to break them apart. Well, let's just say this run was all about cold hands and a warm heart. My heart was warm because I love these two friends! The scoop, too cold to pee or poo. Have a great weekend Byrdie and family! Thanks to Byrdie's mom for the book about a Great Dane. I am excited to dive into it this weekend!
DISTANCE: 6.60 km . DURATION: 1:03:00
Fridays are always a day I relish as they start with my walk with Miss Byrdie and Teddy. Of course, I also visit with Byrdie's mom much to the chagrin of Byrdie and Teddy who were raring to go. Today's sun was bright and we headed towards the Science Centre. We got to see a big train but that was it; no others on the pathways on this bright morning. One thing, I noticed is how good Byrdie is multi-tasking. She can give Teddy kisses while running and today we did our fair share of running. I, on the other hand, am not as good at multi-tasking. During our run, I got 3 calls and 3 texts so my phone froze. Good thing, I got some cute photos including the last one of Byrdie with her ferocious look (not really!). The scoop: nothing to report! We also saw a house labelled The Wicked House. you don't see that every day!