DISTANCE: 9.40 km DURATION: 57:37
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! Dog business: 3 pees
DISTANCE: 8.15 km DURATION: 1:09:50
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: 50:10
Charlie was ready to go from the second I entered his house this morning so we wasted no time! I have run Charlie 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. Charlie is an excellent model; easily capturing that "off into the distance" look! We then made our way to River Park where Charlie 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 Charlie! Dog business: 1 poop 4 pees
DISTANCE: 9.45 km DURATION: 1:05:32
Good morning Charlie! 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 Charlie - I feel like a million bucks, hope you do too. The scoop: 2 pees, no poops,and 1 great run.
DISTANCE: 8.31 km DURATION: 57:31
Charlie 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 Charlie 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 and 3 pees for Charlie. Please note that no squirrels were harmed on this run.
DISTANCE: 8.76 km DURATION: 1:03:50
What a gorgeous day to be with Charlie 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. Charlie, 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. Charlie 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 Charlie boy! The scoop: 1 poop and 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 Charlie 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 Charlie. 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 and no 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 Charlie 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 Charlie'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 Ave. 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: Charlie had pees only (3).
DISTANCE: 9.09 km DURATION: 59:26
Today I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie, 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! Charlie 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! Charlie 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 Charlie again!. Dog business: 3 pees