DISTANCE: 3.57 km . DURATION: 44:46
DGR Runner Carolyn wished for warmer weather in her blog post from yesterday’s run with these girls, and it looks like the weather gods decided to oblige today! We managed to get 45 minutes under our belts, with a mix of speed walking, hard running, and hiking. The hiking played a part when we realized running was impossible through the two-foot tall, freshly fallen snow in certain areas of the neighbourhood. Throughout our favourite ‘figure 8’ route, the girls found lots of things to sniff and examine. Today was full of laughs, with Toki stuffing her entire head as far into the snow as she could, and Gibbons making snorting noises as soon as she found a trail of a yummy scent. The hard work we put in on this Friday afternoon deserved a big treat. After towelling off at the front door, we played for a short while in the basement and said farewell. Gibbs made sure to put both arms up on my shoulders for a proper hug before I left. 5 pees for Toks, 4 pees for Gibbs.
DISTANCE: 1.93 km DURATION: 20:15
It looked so sunny this morning - I had high hopes that it would warm up quickly. Alas, no. It was still -18C when we set out today for our run. The girls were in excellent spirits though. We ran into apparently an old friend of theirs - a spunky little Doodle-ish pup and had a little play. I almost had them convinced to do a slightly longer loop but then their little bums started to shiver so we followed Gibbons as she led us the shortest way home. Indoor playtime was a hoot as usual. Then, they had a brief play in the yard. I’m all for routine and we have a nice, cold weather contingency thing going here. But, here’s hoping for a bit warmer weather next week!! The scoop: lots of pees for both, no poops.
DISTANCE: 1.78 km . DURATION: 16:21
The girls and I donned our winter jackets, and gave it the old college try this snowy morning. I didn’t know how long they would want to run with the snow coming down and the not yet shovelled sidewalks. It turned out to be a quick 15 minute run around the neighbourhood. I felt like the mid-point of a tug o’war rope with Toki on one end, eager to trek on, and Gibbbons on the other, not so enthusiastic and wanting to go back. So back home we went, for some backyard playfulness, Kibble Wars (Gibbons was happy to stand by me at the top of stairs and chase kibbles into the living room, while Toki earned them running up and down), and some entertaining pupper puzzles. We finished with our usual petting and cuddles. More for their benefit or mine? Tough to say.
DISTANCE: 7.16 km DURATION: 51:39
Today was sunny and great with the girlies! Snow covered trails did not stop them putting in A+ effort. Even Gibbons was game to be out in the snow! Girls had a good pace for the first half, and then we all enjoyed a nice leisurely pace for the last half - oh, until the hill; when they pulled my tired butt up it! Fun siting of the day: a cat out for a walk with its mom! I wasn’t sure how the girls would handle that but they were amazing. We ended with some yard time and then pupper puzzles :) The Scoop: Gibbons 1 pee, Toki 1 poo two pees
DISTANCE: 4.31 km . DURATION: 58:28
Today, I was able to see the Vizslas again! Their Mom was home so getting them dressed and out the door took no time at all! They really wanted to go into the various parks near their house, but unfortunately, the only paths cleared were the ones in residential areas. Sorry girls! They still had a great time sniffing at what felt like literally every single snowbank. I have a new TV show idea: Snow Scene Investigation starring two Vizslas out of their depth...literally). There was some construction happening that was also very excited to stare at. At the 3K mark, Gibbons stopped, turned towards home, and sat there staring at it. I tired all sorts of tricks and she wouldn't even look at me! Point taken Gibbons! Home time! Toki was also ready for home, but seemed content to let Gibbons make the stand. When we got home, they had a great time getting snuggles, playing tug-o-war, and lounging in the sun while their Mom and I chatted. It was great to meet you! They definitely had more energy to burn, but were much happier to burn it inside where their feet were warm. Fair enough! Thanks for the short but fun run girls! 2 pees each, no poops.
DISTANCE: 6.57 km . DURATION: 48:12
These girls killed it today! We took advantage of the warmer weather and took to the trails to see how long their little paws could handle the mixed snow/ice/dry paths. Toki seemed pretty happy to play in the snow! And Gibbons had a great energy level. Lots of sniffing about today! They had a really strong pace for the entire run, with Gibbons running (well, loping) alongside the speedy Toki for most of the time! G kept me on my toes with the occasional standstill stops in the middle of our running; nearly tripping me! But no embarrassing falls for us today. The Scoop: Toki peed.
DISTANCE: 2 km DURATION: 20 minutes
What a difference 5 degrees makes!! It was -22C this morning compared to -17C yesterday but it sure felt a lot colder. And smart Miss Gibbons knew it too! She was a little less eager to go out today, but as always she was a trooper in the end. Although there were a couple times where she did her stopping thing, I think it was more just to look at me to say “I told you so”. My Runkeeper didn’t track our route again today and I’m not the most tech savvy person but I think I figured out that it is auto-pausing. Anyhow, we shaved a few corners today on our run for probably a 20 minute/2K run. Then, we came in for “kibble and cuddles” and patted ourselves on the back for our toughness. The scoop: 2 pees for Gibbons, 1 for Toki, and no poops. There was 1 fart - I’ll let you guess which one it was....
DISTANCE: 2.5 km DURATION: 25 minutes
I think my map today reflects the run that maybe we wished we had done (i.e. just staying in the warm cozy indoors). But we did actually did brave the outdoors today - but Runkeeper was having issues. Luckily, we did a familiar route so I know it was about 2.5 km in 25 min. I’m not sure if everyone knows this - but Vizsla tails actually make excellent cold-meters. When they are curved up to the sky, it’s all good. As it gets colder, they start to droop and you know you’ve gone too far if they curve right in between their legs. Luckily, Toki’s tail was just pointing straight down about 5 minutes from home so we timed it just right. They definitely earned their treats and inside play. I was a bit worried after they gorged themselves on kibble and snacks that they needed a bit of outside time again. I opened the door and asked if they wanted to go out. Dead silence and stillness. But then I remembered the magic “Do your business” command and sure enough poor Gibby and her cold weather guts went out and put my mind at ease that mom and dad wouldn’t come home to a nasty surprise. The scoop: 2 pees each and 1 poop for Gibbons.
DISTANCE: 1.85 km . DURATION: 17:08
Hello Girls! Well, Calgary’s deep freeze continues but it allows us Calgarians to show the rest of the world just how tough we are. And Gibbons and Toki are no exceptions. I mean when you start a play-date with something called ‘Kibble Wars’ you might start to realize what these girls are made of. And we are not foolish enough to think that you don’t dress for this weather. So we all donned winter-wear and out we went. With frequent paw warmups, we ran around the ‘hood. And then to continue our theme of being tough, Toki played Tug o' war with a Kong. The girls puzzled through for treats. And finally, they displayed acrobatics with catching more treats. Well done Girls! Scoop: one pee each and Gibbons pooped.
DISTANCE: 2.75 km DURATION: 30:01
With a nice break from the bone-chilling temperatures yesterday, I was sad to find out Gibbons, Toki, and I would be facing snow and cold wind on today’s run. Despite the conditions, both girls were raring to get outside and burn off some energy. Gibbs started us off strong, with Toki and I following behind. While no other people or dogs were out braving the cold, all of the neighbourhood rabbits seemed to be out to play. This had Toki going crazy, spinning and dancing around, hoping to catch one. Last winter, I learned a very valuable running tip to keep warm during these cold days... HAND WARMERS! While they are meant to go in your gloves, they can also be used in your shoes and pockets. A third purpose for the hand warmers is what we like to call ‘paw warming’. If Gibbs or Toki lifts a paw due to the cold pavement, I am able to warm it up using my “heated” gloves. ‘Mom’ and I chatted for a while when we got home, as the girls chased each other and wrestled over a toy. Of course, I could not leave without a proper goodbye, including smooches from my favourite Ginger Ninjas! Just 1 pee for Gibbons and 2 pees for Toki!
DISTANCE: 2.77 km DURATION: 19:04
Well, it feels like it’s starting to warm up out there (can I use the word “warm” to describe -16?) The girls and I had played some kibble wars, all the while trying to get Toki into a collar! She was good at evading my attempts. But eventually the three of us got outside for a quick 20 min sprint down and up the hill. It was brisk! Toki was more game to be out there than Gibbons, but she did great. Back at the house, a pee break for the girls outside, more kibble wars, tug o war with Toki, and finished off with pupper puzzles. Oh and some cuddles on their couch. The Scoop: Gibbons, two pees,one poo. Toki had one pee.
DISTANCE: 3.56 km DURATION: 37:19
Well you know you are a true Calgarian when -16 feels positively balmy. I’m not sure the girls agree, but they seemed to enjoy their run today anyways. We had to switch directions at the beginning due to a sighting of the “Crestmont Coyote”. Even though the girls and I are pretty tough and fast - we decided to head for the hills at the sight of him. Their little behinds started shivering a bit around the 30 min mark - so we headed home. I swear Gibbons has the route home down to the nearest metre - and to her delight we followed her lead today no questions asked. When we got home - they looked expectantly up at their puzzles - and I’m like that terrible aunt that can’t say no. So we filled up the puzzles, had some fun in the basement, then the girls finished up their doggy business in the yard. The scoop: 2 pees each and 1 poop each!!
DISTANCE: 2.33 km DURATION: 22:36
Today had a few funny firsts for me and my Vizsla girlfriends. I think this is the coldest day I’ve ever gotten them out to run. It was my first day playing Kibble Wars and seeing how smart and tenacious they are with their puzzle treat trays. I debated about writing about this next “first” but dog lovers are generally cut from the same cloth as parents of young children - in that I think “potty” humour is deemed ok sometimes, so here goes. This is the first time I’ve experienced a Vizsla fart. Right in my face. Thanks Gibbons. All in all, it was actually a really good day. They were eager to get out and were super speedy and efficient on their run. It was also tons of fun to play with them inside their warm house. The scoop: 1 pee each. It was too cold to poop.
DISTANCE: 2.26 km DURATION: 19:41
I learned two great things with Gibbons and Toki today. The first is that it's perfectly acceptable to be proud of a 2k run. Especially when that run was more like a sprinting exploration of the outside when it's crazy cold. Sprint, sniff, sprint, sniff, stop and look at the horizon, sprint, repeat. The three of us squeezed in as much excitement as we could in 20 minutes. Well done us! The next thing I learned is that pupper puzzles are the bee's knees. When the weather challenges the patience of dogs aching to get outside, I think few things can capture the imagination of a pup than a puzzle where mastery offers an immediate food reward; except maybe a challenging game of Kibble Wars. That one is a breathless race against your sister up and down the staircase to capture the sliding kibble. If anything, the ladies will sleep as they've had a bonus mid-day snack. Thanks for the lessons, ladies. The scoop: no poops. Toki had 2 pees and Gibbons had 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 2.83 km DURATION: 27:43
Bad news ladies... Looks like “Winter” is back. While the cold air is refreshing, these Vizsla gals prefer the warmth of the fireplace on their faces. It took a minute or two to convince Gibbs to get moving, but once she did, we were flying! We came across a beautiful St. Bernard today (whose fur is much better suited for these temperatures) and I thought back to a baby St. Bernard the 3 of us came across a few months ago. I wondered whether that was the same pup, and if so, how the heck time had gone by so quickly! Every so often during our runs, the girls will start to race each other, pushing up against one another despite their leashes being the same length. Eventually, Toki has enough, and will stick her ‘behind’ into Gibbons, in hopes of slowing her down. This sure makes me laugh, and it never gets old. Despite our resilience, we girls could only battle frozen noses and chilly toes for so long. Back home we opted for Kibble Wars and playing with toys in the basement. 2 pees for T, 1 pee and 1 backyard poo for G.