DGR RUN OF THE DAY # 2
DISTANCE: 4K DURATION: 1 hour 2 minutes
It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas! Someone shook the snow globe pretty vigorously this morning and Gibbons was not impressed. We dressed for the weather but Gibbons didn’t want to go farther than the end of the driveway. Just Toki and I went for a nice run in the snow—it sure is coming down hard. We cut the run a little short to spend time inside with Gibbons. Toki and I played with her green rhino while Gibbons curled up by the fire. The Scoop: 2 pees for Toki, Gibbons wouldn’t stay out longer enough to go.
It was another chilly evening tonight but Gibbons and Toki were thrilled to spend time laying by the fire, receiving an endless supply of belly rubs. Upon my arrival, the girls had their supper and of course post-dinner treats. We wrestled, chased each other around, and ran up and down the stairs, fetching toys. Toki could not get enough of her squeaky, blue football toy. Gibbs and I watched for dogs passing by in the window while Toki continued to bring the football back, time and time again. It was time for a bathroom break, and the girls were in and out in record time. We spoiled ourselves with a few more treats (duck-flavoured for them, pretzel-flavoured for me) and then settled in on the couch for some much needed cuddle time. It was a perfect Saturday night in my books!
Pet Sitter: Jaime
t’s always exciting when I get to spend a few hours with two of my favourite girls! I heard Miss Toki was not feeling great this morning so I rushed over as soon as I could to see how she was doing. I was thrilled to see that she was symptom-free and in great spirits upon my arrival; clearly having recovered from how she felt this morning. As soon as the three of us had gotten settled, the snow really began to fall. This put quite a damper on my plan for an early evening walk. The girls spent the least amount of time outside in the fresh snow as they possibly could; sprinting outside only for speedy bathroom breaks. We spent nearly two hours playing tug-of-war and fetch, until I thought my arms were going to fall off! The rest of our evening was quite relaxed; snuggling on the couch and by the fire. I am so glad that Toki is feeling better and that she, Gibbons and I were able to enjoy this wintry evening together.
Pet Sitter: Jaime
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 4.1 km DURATION: 1 hour 2 minutes
Chasing moving snowballs! Gibbons was keen to get her snowsuit on and get outside for our walk, but she quickly changed her mind after just walking to the end of the driveway. Toki and I continued on without her and came across several hares (much to Toki’s delight) dawning their white coats. They look like snowballs but this disguise wasn’t fooling Toki! We cut our run a little early to enjoy some backyard and indoor play with Gibbons. Both girls were really zooming all over their home today. The still had some play left in them. The Scoop: 1 pee, 2 poos.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #2
DISTANCE: 3.8 km DURATION: 59 minutes
Definitely a more eventful outing than most! We met 1 Basset Hound, 2 Huskies and the girls attempted to chase 3 Rabbits. Gibbons stayed with us longer. Toki was quite nervous about seeing other dogs, but Gibbons decided she needed to meet & greet every single one! We met the cutest little Basset Hound called Lexi, and I bet Gibbons hopes to see her again. Toki was more keen to chase all the rabbit that would pop out of bushes around us, which is usually fine but sometimes her leaps are quite powerful! The necessary play-time afterwards was much needed as we didn’t get as far as we would have under normal conditions. Even Gibbons was into tugging around some toys. Right now, I’m about to head out and both girls have settled themselves together on the couch (a cute thing to imagine). See you next time! The Scoop: 4 pees, 1 poo.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 3.6 km DURATION: 51 minutes
Most of the snow had melted this morning leaving muddy trails for Gibbons, Toki and me to tackle on today’s adventure. Things started out slow, and I am talking sloth-speed slow... First, it was thanks to a couple Border Collies that we passed by. Toki was smitten by one of them and I quickly assumed it was love at first sight. She sat down promptly, staring at ‘Romeo’ as he trotted away. Next, Gibbons found a scent of something good. Who knows what it was but it kept her (and Toki and I) busy for a solid 10 minutes. This is probably one of the last coat-less runs for the girls for the year, so we made sure to soak in the warm air as we frolicked around the neighbourhood. Just a few pees for each girl today!
There were some spooky sightings this week that makes us realize that Halloween is around the corner. Check out our pups and all the pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons!
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 3.8 km DURATION: 52 minutes
Can you believe Gibbons just turned 6 years old? Happy belated birthday to this sweet, loving girl. The Friday of Thanksgiving long weekend is typically busy, fast-paced and a little hectic, getting in any last cooking or work before celebrations begin. Toki, Gibbons and I took a different approach, calmly strolling around the neighbourhood. Our “lazy Friday” walk was just what the doctor ordered. I cannot get over how adorable the girls looked (and posed) in their new sweaters. After dropping Gibbs off at home, Toki and I took a quick 5-minute lap around the block. Happy Thanksgiving Gibbons and Toki, have fun visiting with Grandma and Grandpa this weekend! I am very thankful for G&T (and all DGR pups) this year, and every year. The Scoop: 5 pees for Gibbons and 4 pees for Toki.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 4.3 km . DURATION: 52 minutes
What a beautiful day filled with blue skies, sunshine, and two of my favourite girls. “Mom” and I chatted prior to the outing and decided to give the girls’ new harnesses a try today. Toki, Gibbons and I felt invigorated by the sun and were thrilled to be out with our ears billowing in the breeze. We met dogs of all kinds from a Basset Hound to a German Shepherd. Around the halfway mark, we began to head back to drop Gibbs off, when she looked up at the sky and suddenly got a second wind! It was the ‘TSN Turning Point’ in our run, as Gibbons began to drag Toki and I behind her. Gibbs, the Energizer Bunny, stuck it out for the entire outing (with mom’s approval and me paying careful attention to G’s body language). Such a great run/walk today with my two gal pals! The scoop: 6+ pees each.
I am always thankful for a little extra time spent with Gibbons and Toki, especially on cold days like today. As I arrived, the girls greeted me with their usual energy and excitement. After squirrel-gazing with both girls while finishing my breakfast, I threw a toy chicken for Toki a few times before we all cuddled up on the couch. Taking a look at the weather report; we only had a small window to get our walk in before the bulk of the precipitation came down. As it turns out, we were hit with the mix of rain/snow regardless and walked back to the house looking like a pack of wet dogs! After taking time to dry off, the girls and I played ‘Kibble Wars’ and ’Keep Away’ to warm up once again. Both Gibby and Toki got a well-deserved doggy Oreo as I made my way out the door, ending the day on a high. Thanks for spending your Friday with me girlies!
Pet Sitter: Jaime
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 1.49 km DURATION 41 minutes Gibbons
DISTANCE: 2.7 km DURATION: 25 minutes Toki
Well, it has been quite some time since I have seen these sweet Vizsla Sisters so it was fun to tag along on their outing today. That said, I actually spent most of the time luring Toki with treats and throwing their pull toys to them in the backyard. As of late, Toki has been hesitant to get harnessed up for her run so we worked on establishing trust and giving her some incentives (cheese) and TLC. Michelle took Gibbons out for a walk (see blog below), then it was backyard shenanigans, followed by finally getting Toki to see that running would be a fun activity. Bronagh took Toki out while I gave Gibbons some post-walk cuddles. Sometimes good things come to those who wait! Hope to see these 2 gals again soon!
Written by Ruth
Finally, I get to meet the famous Gibbons & Toki - the Vizla Gals. Gibbons and I went for a 30-minute outing and had a great chit chat. All personal bathroom business was taken care of and lots of acrobatics in the backyard. What a great way to spend a Monday afternoon. The Scoop: 6 pees, 1 poo.
Written by Michelle
It was an awesome run with Toki in the cooler weather today! It took lots of treats, encouragement, and play-time with Gibbons to get the harness on and out the door, but once we were out Toki was golden! She really didn’t want to be interrupted for pictures. A couple of squirrels were her biggest distractions, but even then she made the most out of our short run. Big thanks to Gibbons and Toki for making my first DGR run a fantastic one!
Written by Bronagh
Runners; Ruth, Michelle and Bronagh
Gibbons had quite an upset tummy today as “Mom” left for work. While she had Toki to keep her company, and DGR runner Gabi to let her out mid-day, Gibbons was still sad to be sick and gloomy. As soon as I arrived, I could tell something was up, as Gibbons is normally jumping up and down to greet me alongside her sister. We took it easy; cuddling in a soft blanket all afternoon and making many trips to the yard for bathroom breaks. Fingers crossed she is back to her regular self. No one likes being sick! The Scoop: a few pees for Toki and 3 loose poops for Gibbons, in the yard.
Pet Sitter: Jaime
What a blast we had together this past week and a bit! Gibbons, Toki and I got up to all kinds of shenanigans morning, afternoon, and night. Most days the girls started off the morning with a little wrestle in bed to get themselves energized and to let me know it was time to wake up. Then it was time to head downstairs for their early morning pee and to stretch out our legs. Often during our first backyard exposure of the day, I would attempt to do a little yoga to wake myself up which usually only lasted 5 minutes before one of two loving pups was licking up and down my face. Inside we would go, usually to grab a toy for Toki and a spot on the couch for Gibby to begin her morning squirrel prowl. At this point, I learned to keep the door cracked open, as she was eager to get back outside once a creature was spotted in the distance. As the girls got comfortable and used to the morning air, I would typically head back upstairs to get dressed and briefly get myself ready before the main event; breakfast time! Often Gibbons would have to be convinced to stop staring in the trees for squirrels or birds, long enough to come in for breakfast, but the minute she was done, she beelined it back out to her favourite bench. After breakfast, a run around and some light "business" in the backyard, the girls typically napped off their morning excitement while their food digested. After nap-time came our walk and run time, which was always a peak point in our day (other than the rainy days). Not being rushed through our walks or runs left us three gals feeling relaxed and at ease. If we were unable to make an hour, we would always have an opportunity to make it up later. Immediately after our runs, we headed for the yard again to indulge in much-deserved treats and thirst-quenching water. Our nighttime routine is where things varied. Some nights we spent entirely out on the deck, others were spent cuddling on the couch, and others we enjoyed late night walks as the sun went down (my favourite nights). Gibbons and Toki are such bundles of joy and I am so lucky to have the chance to spend so much time with them every once in a while!"
Pet Sitter: Jaime
DISTANCE: 5.3 km DURATION: 50 minutes
What a great run today with Gibbons and Toki! The weather was warm but cloudy making for great running conditions. We ran into an adorable Black Lab wearing a t-shirt on a walk with his owner three times on our outing. I am so excited for my upcoming Staycation with the girls, especially after today’s fantastic run together! The Scoop: 8 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.7 km . DURATION: 52 minutes
Today I was greeted by dog kisses and wagging tails! The grey clouds hung in the air making Gibbons hesitant to go out at first. Toki and I ran around the glassy pond mirroring the sky and further into our run, we saw a deer. Toki was wagging her tail but did not move, She just stared intently at the deer and both parties went merrily on their way. Good job today Toki! The Scoop: 1 pee. 1 poo.