DISTANCE: 6.60 km DURATION: 1:04:31
Today I had the absolute joy of seeing the Viszlas again! Gibbons and Toki were so excited to get out that I hardly had to lure Toki to come out. Once out, however, things quickly took a downturn as the girls had NO idea which way they wanted to go, so we just stood there half a house down while they looked around in confusion. Finally, Toki made a move and after some protest, Gibbons followed. We went up into the trees again since it was such a nice change of pace for me and the girls seem to love it. They probably sniffed the entire trail we were on. When we came back down, we wound through some parks at a pretty good pace until we reached one of the ponds we saw yesterday. We stopped for some pets and kisses, and to stare at the construction workers, which both girls loved. I guess when there aren't any ducks, you take the next best thing! We took another break by the community centre where again, I'm sure every square inch of that place was sniffed, and the girls met a friend! There was a little one year old boy who had only seen dogs in pictures, and Gibbons and Toki were super sweet and gentle! We then finished with a little jaunt down to Hwy 1 and back before having some yard time. Apparently, a harness and leash are great toys! Silly girls! I went inside to get them a toy, and Toki thought I was leaving them forever and peeked under the gate at me - so funny! Once inside, we had lots of snuggles and a few chases before I called it a day. I hope Gibbons and Toki had a great rest of their afternoon! Thanks for the great hour girls! A few pees for each, no poops.
DISTANCE: 5.51 km DURATION: 59:13
Today I was so excited to see the Vizsla sisters again! They were so excited that I was there that Toki almost forgot to play her hide-under-the-table game. Almost. It only took about 15 minutes to catch her this time, so I think we're making progress! We explored some of the trails and hills by their house, and found a path that will eventually ring their community. I think they'll like it because it goes by two ponds with ducks in them! Toki really liked that! Gibbons was her usual sweet self and hung back with me for the whole run. We headed back early so that they could play in their yard and Gibbons became a wild woman! She chased Toki around and around and around almost relentlessly once they took care of business - so funny! I had a great time seeing these two again, and hope they also had a great time with me! Thanks girls! Toki had 3 pees, no poop. Gibbons had 1 pee and 1 poop,
DISTANCE: 9.11 km DURATION: 58:58
What an exciting run we had today! After a very enthusiastic greeting from the girls that included lots and lots of kisses, the three of us were off on our usual route down into Valley Ridge. We were quickly interrupted as we ran by a young moose that had stepped into someone’s backyard. Gibbons and Toki seems pretty unfazed, especially considering how excited they get when they see squirrels and magpies. After stopping to take some photos of the young moose, we went on our way down to the river. Thanks to the long weekend, we were met by plenty of families out walking their dogs and riding their bikes, so there were plenty of distractions. Overall, it was a fun-filled run. See you girls next week! The scoop: 1 pee for Toki.
DISTANCE: 8.32 km DURATION: 57:58
What a beautiful day for a run! After chatting wth the girls' lovely owner for a bit and receiving plenty of Vizsla kisses, the three of us were off in the sun for our run. After our quick run on Monday, we didn’t go quite as far today to give my knees more of a rest, but nonetheless both of the girls had big smiles on their faces today with their tongues hanging out. So we went a little bit more leisurely this morning; just enjoying the sun. It gave us a taste of the warm summer months to come. See you girls on Monday. The scoop: 1 pee each and no poops.
DISTANCE: 7.09 km DURATION: 54:32
I know I said it yesterday - but honestly these girls are so full of energy this week! It’s like sometimes when you meet up with a friend and it’s clear they’ve had waaay to much coffee. So funny. Anyways - I’ve been chatting with one of the girls’ other running friends - and we’ve been discussing the girls quirks and also finding the perfect loop - ideally 8-9 km but without 2 nasty hills. We tried searching for it again today - but alas, we fell a bit short. It was nice exploring Valley Ridge anyways. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of the series “How to train your dragon” - but I was thinking about how some of us DGR runners should collaborate on a book called “How to run your Viszlas”. Training them is laughable because they are already near perfect and it is they that need to train their humans. 😂. It would include such tips as “even if the Viszla appears to not want to run - it is just a ruse. They are testing you - you must never scold them. They are just looking to see if you know the proper protocol of snuggles and reassurances. If all else fails, a small supply of freeze-dried goat helps. Obviously, I’ll need a good editor. The scoop: lots of pees for both, no poops.
DISTANCE: 5.68 km DURATION: 50:14
The girls were especially excited for their run today - it was quite funny. Usually, there is a little bit of holding out for a treat but today they were raring to get out the door. Gibbons, in particular, was just super smiley the whole run. I finally managed to catch at least a bit of her running grin. They were happy to meander and do lots of sniffing around the neighbourhood. We ran into their cute fluffy neighbour - but I’m not sure how happy the little buddy was to see us. You never can tell with dogs sometimes. The scoop: no poops and lots of pees for both.
DISTANCE: 10.02 km DURATION: 59:51
We did it girls! Today was the first time I’ve ever broken the 10K mark with the Vizsla Sisters and I have to say that I am quite proud of both the girls; especially Gibbons who isn’t always the keenest runner. After three weeks of running the girls, we’ve made a lot of progress with both our distance, and the amount of time that it takes to get the girls suited up and outside. Today, the girls were both ready to go right away and we went the entire run without a hitch. Here’s to this new milestone girls! The scoop: 1 pee each, no poos.
DISTANCE: 4.03 km DURATION: 46:10
As I drove into Crestmont today, the Welcome sign featured an updated message: “Happy Spring!!!”. With snow blowing in front of the sign, I could not help but laugh at the irony... Oh Calgary, what a city to live in! Well I knew today would not be a record-breaker for the three of us, but we suited up and prepared for a slushy adventure. Lately, Gibbs has been wanting to start off most runs with a loop around the block, before venturing any further. I took this information as a strategy to plan our route and decided today would be a great hike day! We were headed for the hills, as they say. Despite the slippery snow, the ground was surprisingly firm, giving us some traction going up and down ‘Vizsla Mountain’. Frolicking around the neighbourhood in our rain coats, we remained comfortable and dry the entire time (see Toki, aren’t you thankful you wear a coat on days like this?). With lots of perseverance, treats and smooches, I was able to convince Gibbons to continue along through the snow but eventually she decided she had had enough for today. The scoop: 1 poop and 4 pees for T, no poops and 2 pees for G.
DISTANCE: 9.12 km DURATION: 56:56
It’s a bit of a dreary day in Calgary today, which means that the girls were a little bit reluctant to leave the house this morning, but after enough coaxing and cuddles, the three of us were suited up and ready to go. We went down our usual route into Valley Ridge, making good time as we trotted along. We kept the pace pretty quick today; trying to beat the foreboding dark clouds that were brewing above us. Thankfully, we managed to beat today’s rainstorm and even managed to catch some sun on our run. So it was another successful run in the books today, I’m hoping next week we can even work up to 10km! The scoop: 1 pee each.
DISTANCE: 6.74 km DURATION: 54:23
Today was an unusual day where my two jobs collided in a funny way. I’m sure I’ve written before about how it often happens that people will stop and compliment the dogs - especially these girls. I’ve actually had people stop in their cars - roll down their window and ask “Are those Vizslas? They’re beautiful!” I always graciously accept the compliment on the girls behalf and we go on our merry way. Well today for the first time - someone stopped their car and rolled down their window and I thought here we go again... but this time someone said “Are you Dr. Yoo? You delivered our baby last year and we just wanted to say thank you!” I have to admit - it was a pleasant surprise for the attention to be about me for once and not my beautiful running companions... 😆. Of course, I’m just kidding - but it was funny nonetheless. And I got a big smile from the baby in the car seat which was nice. Anybody who knows me knows that babies and dogs are pretty much my two favourite things in life. Anyways, the girls are not the jealous type and we resumed our lovely run. The scoop: no poops and a few pees each.
DISTANCE: 6.50 km DURATION: 51:38
Well it was a happy Tuesday run for Gibbons, Toki and me. They happily donned their running gear and were fast out of the gates today. Try as I might, I can’t seem to capture Gibbons running grin on camera. As soon as I fumble to get my camera, she gets very serious. I’m seriously thinking of putting on one of those Go-Pro cameras so that their fans can follow them on one of their runs. I think it’s actually a fabulous business idea - Virtual Vizsla Runs. It’s a very mood elevating activity to do and maybe others would like to experience it too! Anyways - we went to the backyard for a little play after our run. It cracks me up to see them first bow, then have a friendly sparring match while their canine neighbours “cheer” them on. The scoop: no poops and a couple of pees each.
DISTANCE: 9.12 km DURATION: 57:53
Whoosh, even though Toki and I have broken 10km at least once, I believe that this afternoon's run with Gibbons and Toki is the furthest I’ve ever gone with both the girls in tow. Gibbs and Toki were even quick to get ready today; both being perfectly agreeable in getting leashed up and leaving the house. Despite the girls almost taking me off me feet a few times when we saw squirrels, I have to say I’m quite proud of both of them today. Toki didn’t hide underneath the table before leaving, and Gibbons only stopped once along our run at the beginning. It’s safe to say that all three of us have come pretty far in different ways since I first met these girls. The scoop: 1 pee each and no poops.
DISTANCE: 5.52 km . DURATION: 53:12
Happy Friday Gibbons and Toki! Today’s run, although starting off slow, was all about discovery. We first came across a previously bare plot, that now boasts a freshly built house (which popped up in what feels like minutes). We were all extremely pleased to see the pedestrian path is (finally) being built along the main drag heading West out of Crestmont. The half-frozen pond was a sight to see! With water cascading around the perimeter, we were baffled to see that the centre of the pond was still frozen. Toki was particularly focused on the bird perched at the centre of the pond, never taking her eyes off of it until eventually it flew away. Before we made it back home, Gibby took once last pitstop to smell and taste the dead flowers... Mmmm.. Delicious! The scoop: 2 pees for G, 4 pees for T.
DISTANCE: 7.24 km DURATION: 57:16
What a beautiful day we had for our run this morning! The sun was shining and both Gibbons and Toki seemed extra pleased to see me today. After what the girls deemed was an adequate amount of cuddles and kisses on the couch, we were off on our usual route through Valley Ridge. We took to the stairs and the trails today, which meant the girls spent a lot of time pulling towards squirrels and birds as I struggled to stay on my feet, but hey, at least I had two powerful Vizslas to help pull me up the stairs. On the way back, Gibbons decided that she wanted to spend some time between my legs getting ear scratches, so we made our way home slowly with a lot of stop and go's. All in all it was a great run, and I got plenty of toothy Vizsla smiles flashed at me today! The scoop: 1 pee each and a poo for Gibbons in the backyard.
DISTANCE: 6.35 km DURATION: 53:18
Our Wednesday run was delightfully ordinary today. I seemed to have earned my way back into Gibbons’ good books today so she faithfully followed me down the hill into the valley. I always try to snap a picture of them without them realizing - because as soon as my phone is out - they get a very aloof regal expression on their faces. Totally not in keeping with their goofy exuberant personalities - but I guess I’m just not sneaky enough. We saw a future DGR runner today - a tiny little girl was running her mini Terrier up and down a soccer field. It was very cute and I was hoping to get a picture of the girls watching her - but apparently the tiny Terrier was too intimidating for poor Gibby - so we gave them a wide berth 😂. The scoop: no poops and a couple pees each.