DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 8.5 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
Well hello Charley! It seems that you remember me and are keen to get out for your run on this fine, sunny 😎 Saturday! You truly are a miracle dog as I would never know that you had been hit by a car and were covered in casts. I did keep our outing to a light jog pace which you seemed to enjoy. I could tell you were getting a good workout by the increase in snow stops. Charley would scoop snow in his mouth to hydrate. He is a super chill boy and was pleasant with the many dogs that crossed our path. I did wipe drool off his face and got a few good photos of that sweet Charley grin. A dose of Charley was a nice way to start my weekend off! No poops but 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.81 km DURATION: 1:06:25
Resilience!!! The one word that describes this amazing Blue Piccardy Spaniel named Charley. This was the first DGR run with Charley since he was hit by a car. (see photo above) One would not suspect that he had months of recovery by the amount of enthusiasm and athleticism of this pup. He has some off-leash time with Teddy and there were some speedy games of chase. I then took them along the Elbow River pathway and they had such a nice steady pace. Once we returned to Sandy Beach. Teddy and Charley eagerly went into the river. I almost thought they would take a nap but Charley seemed ready to go up to the dog area of River Park to socialize with a pack being walked by a dog walking company. We even met a chocolate German Spaniel version of Charley. It was so wonderful to see sweet Charley and his huge progress. See you next week. The scoop: 4-5 pees only.
DISTANCE: 9.40 km DURATION: 57 minutes
Happy Wednesday Charlie! Charlie was full of energy this morning, we shot out of the gate like a rocket! In his exuberance, Charlie slobbered on himself, and he looked like the former leader of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev! We eventually made our way to River Park, which after today I feel could be the perfect location for a Doggy Day Spa! This spa has everything; wide open space to run through the grass, a fountain, even a mud bath! Charlie would make an excellent spokes-dog as he took full advantage of all the amenities and gives the River Park Doggy Day Spa four paws up! Thanks for the run and the laughs Charlie! The Scoop: 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.15 km DURATION: 1 hour 9 minutes
Well it was a bit of a haze outside today, but Charlie was an absolute angel We started out pretty fast and Charlie was so well behaved once we got to the off-leash section that I let him go off on his own and we met a ton of new dogs. Charlie never went too far, though and he has excellent recall! He's just the sweetest heart that ever sweetened a heart. Unfortunately because smoke did have a bit of an impact on us we stayed fairly close to the river and took some well deserved water breaks (thank you city of Calgary for putting a dog fountain in, that was a truly great idea) and Charlie met a cute Labrador puppy named Louis. They played fetch for a short time before Charlie and I were back to running. All in all, no smoke could stop this bandit from stealing the hearts of the people we met along our walk today and mine as well. I hope to get to run you again Charlie, and I hope you enjoy a well deserved rest. Several pees, two poops,
DISTANCE: 8.48 km DURATION: 50 minutes
Charley was ready to go from the second I entered his house this morning so we wasted no time! I have run Charley before but it's been a while so it took a couple minutes to get in sync with each other, but once we found out rhythm, it was smooth sailing. It was pretty warm out so we took a quick photo break by the reservoir. Charley is an excellent model; easily capturing that "off into the distance" look! We then made our way to River Park where Charley met some drinking buddies at the dog fountain. They sure were thirsty! A quick jog through the park and we made our way back home. What a great way to spend the morning, thanks Charley! The Scoop: 1 poop, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.45 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
Good morning Charley! Or should I call you "Wheels"? I've been doing speed work during my long runs and I feel like that really helped today. We were all about business this morning; so much so that one of our photos is an action shot, as there was little time to fiddle with cameras. Very few stops at all... until the later portion of the run when the enticing and delicious smell of neighbourhood aromas began to distract my partner today. Thanks Charley - I feel like a million bucks. I hope you do too. The Scoop: 2 pees, 0 poops and 1 great run.
DISTANCE: 8.31 km DURATION: 57:31
Charley is becoming quite the running dog! This morning, Teddy joined us and we commenced the outing with some off-leash time in River Park. There were not many dogs out this early in the morning but that was okay because the dogs could chase squirrels instead. Luckily, the squirrel got away but Charley was grinning form ear to ear after treeing the squirrel. The rest of the run we were definitely all in the zone and went from extremely iced over terrain to clear pathways. It is kinda hypnotic to hear the crunch of ice under one's feet. The Scoop: 1 poop, 3 pees. Please note that no squirrels were harmed on this run.
DISTANCE: 8.76 km DURATION: 1 hour 3 minutes
What a gorgeous day to be with Charley and Teddy to test out my new running shoes! Icebug may become the official DGR Running Shoe. They have built in spikes that work well on ice and on pavement. Charley, Teddy and I tested all surfaces from clear pavement near My Favourite Ice Cream to icy sections in River Park to fluffy snow in the woods. These shoes rocked! I could keep up with the dogs who had big bursts of speed followed by rolls in the snow to cool off. Charley enjoyed his time chasing Teddy. He has such great recall that it is a pleasure to run with him in off-leash sections. Have a great weekend Charley boy! The Scoop: 1 poop, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.5 km DURATION: 50 minutes
I think it was Wacky Wednesday as my day kinda went off the tracks a bit due to unforeseen events. DGR Janine was going to run Charley but she called to say that someone's car was blocking her driveway and she had no way to leave her house until the car was towed. Well, her misfortune was my good luck as I got to run Charley. He was excited to get out in this crisp fresh air as there is some painting happening at his place. We had some great off-leash romps through the snow and then hit the pathway towards Riverdale Avenue and back up to 20th Street. He is such a great runner and happy go lucky guy! My legs could only give him 50 minutes as this was my 3rd back to back run today. I actually kept thinking of the Finding Nemo movie where Dory is singing "Just keep swimming'" and replaced that with running. The Scoop: 5 pees, 0 poops. There was no juice in the phone after I took 1 indoor photo but it sure was a beautiful run with this handsome boy!
DISTANCE: 8.3 km DURATION: 1 hour
Running is falling snow is a real treat! I was actually pretty excited to get outside in this colder weather with Charley and Teddy. The boys were setting a good pace at the start as they knew were headed to River Park for off-leash play-time with other dogs. We actually ran into one of Charley's buddies named Skoki so there was some barking hellos. I have an iPhone doctor's appointment today to look at my battery because once again it froze despite using hot pockets and keeping it shielded from the cold. We ran based on time so we did get the full hour in. The dogs galloped like horses through the snow and probably went twice the distance. The snow was powdery and knee deep in some spots. These playful dogs often had slobbery fur and white faces from snow diving. We enjoyed some great shovelled off walkways on Riverdale Avenue otherwise it was through the woods with lots of snow which created some big ice balls in their paw pads. We stayed nice and toasty but I think the ducks on the Bow looked like popsicle ducks. The Scoop: 3 pees only.
DISTANCE: 9.09 km DURATION: 59 minutes
Today I had the pleasure of meeting Charley, a very handsome Blue Piccardy Spaniel. It was quite a chilly morning and with fresh snow overnight I waited until later in the morning to set out hoping for cleared sidewalks and sun to keep me a little warmer. But it turns out all I needed to stay warm was a good dog to run with! Charley is a very athletic dog and we got into a great rhythm right away. He's very attentive, obedient and patient; always checking in to make sure we are still attached, sitting at street corners, and (most importantly) waiting for me to snap a few pictures of him! Charley is a very focused runner, but he is a dog... so the occasional squirrel or scent stopped him, and me, dead in our tracks. What a great start to the weekend. I look forward to running with Charley again!. The Scoop: 3 pees.