DISTANCE: 4.17 km . DURATION: 1:00:16
Today was a beautiful day for a run. I decided to take a different route; something more close to the home so they would feel safer and have more trust in me. Toki was absolutely easy today as she was so eager to run. Gibbons, on the other hand seemed to not want to leave the house at all. After a few treats and tricks, I got her going and she was just as happy as Toki ! I know this is my very first run, but Toki and Gibbons made it extremely fun for me and boosted my energy! Can't wait to run with you guys again!! Both girls had 1 pee and no poops.
Another fantastic staycation with G and T this weekend! As I am in the middle of my final exam season, Gibbons and Toki were in for a weekend of studying, snuggling and snoozing. As per usual, the girls kept me entertained nearly every minute of every day. Chasing each other around in circles, followed by wiping off our paws/feet, then heading in for a treat by the fireplace, became our go-to ritual. Our favourite outing of the weekend was our late Friday night run/walk. The girls and I loved looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations in the neighbourhood. We bundled up in our reflective gear, but were happy to find out the weather was cooperative. I may not have accomplished all of the studying I wanted to over the weekend, but I would sacrifice studying for playing with Toki and Gibbs ANYDAY!
Pet Sitter: Jaime
.DISTANCE: 4.47 km . DURATION: 47:04
Right out of the gate, Gibbons decided today was all about her! She was not keen on my idea to head to Valley Ridge, so we stuck to this side of the highway. We ran into our neighbour friend ‘Milo’ who was out on his afternoon stroll. Gibbs took the lead for about 75% of our run, deciding when to walk and when to sprint. With all of the pace changes, dare I say, she was having herself a ‘Freaky Friday’. We had to cut today’s run a little short as the cleaners were a bit later than expected this morning, and I have an exam to get to... But as soon as I am done, I assure you we are going to get back out to enjoy the rest of the beautiful day! I am so happy to be back hanging out with my favourite Vizslas! Just 3 pees for T and 2 pees for G.
DISTANCE: 6.27 km DURATION: 52:52
Today Gibbons and Toki took it a little easier on me. I wondered if they could sense that I was feeling a little tired. I think that's why dogs are humankind's best friend. It's a combination of their sixth sense, intuition and camaraderie that they can give what their human of the hour needs. Gibbons does this thing where after she's come to a stop, she comes up and nestles herself between my legs. And we do this shuffle in the direction that I want. It must look like an awkward junior high slow dance, but in actuality way more comforting for both of us! (Tried to take a selfie of this, but like I said... it's awkward!) Toki didn't force her extreme speed on us either, and even came up to give kisses a few times while Gibbons and I were crouched to the ground. Thank you Girls for the comfortable and comforting run today! Love you! Scoop: just one pee each today.
DISTANCE: 5.70 km . DURATION: 48:21
Our Wednesday run was pleasantly uneventful. Gibbons let me take a slightly different route - which always feels like an accomplishment. We went down to Valley Ridge and turned west instead of east. We ran into a lovely retired couple who were suitably impressed with my Vizsla running partners. Then, we headed up the hill back home for some yard play-time. The girls were quite enthusiastic in their communication with their neighbours... and truthfully, I’m not 100% sure if it was friendly banter or a little bit of an argument. It’s hard to tell with dogs sometimes. The scoop: 2 pees for Gibbons, lots for Toki, and no poops.
DISTANCE: 4.19 km DURATION: 47:09
Although I got my usual enthusiastic greeting today - Miss Gibbons was a little more insistent today that she’d really rather stay in bed. I couldn’t really blame her as she does have a very cozy window seat. She is actually quite adorable when she is having a slow to warm up day. Nonetheless, we set off for our run which was half easy jogging and half sprinting from smell to smell. The girls were playing I Spy today - but neglected to tell me. I decided to take some pictures to demonstrate how great their spying senses are. The bunny in the yard was not apparent to me until the girls abruptly pulled me into the snow bank! Next, they stopped on a dime when they spotted the coyote - but it took me a tiny bit longer to figure out what was ahead. Such clever pups! The scoop: many pees for both, no poops.
DISTANCE: 7.00 km . DURATION: 58:53
Hello Girls! I have someone for you to meet. Gibbons & Toki, this is Jess and she is DGR’s newest Dog Runner! When Jess and I were chatting on the driveway before the run, I told her two things that she might expect from these girls. 1) Gibbons will be friendly and affectionate and will not be shy about giving kisses. 2) Toki will play hard to get. Both of which happened! I think the amazing thing about this fabulous job is that you get to know some dogs so well, that you can predict what they might do. Some other predictions that they followed through on were that once out running, Toki will take the lead for most of the run and that despite Gibbons very friendly greeting, she will be shy with others especially other dogs. I so love that I know these girls so well! They make me feel I have the best job in the world! Scoop: only Toki peed and only once!
DISTANCE: 5.00 . DURATION: 48:39
Gibbons and Toki were all dressed and ready to go as soon as I arrived (thanks to ‘Mom’). They sure were ready to roar as we got out the door. I could barely keep up with the girls for the first half of the run. They were bounding with energy; frolicking through the fresh mounds of snow. I wore boots today, knowing the ground would be quite slippery (and after a fall while running Wednesday), which slowed us down a bit, but Toki was happy to drag me along and get me moving faster. After visiting with a Basset Hound near the park, the girls decided to slow things down a bit. We went back and forth between jogging and walking, while passing by all the neighbourhood dogs in their backyards. Toki’s signature post-pee move, involves kicking up grass, dirt, and snow. After a quick pee for Toki, Gibbons went to sniff out the situation, getting sprayed with flying snow from Toki’s back paws. The cold snow began to take a toll on the girls and when Gibbs began lifting her back paws I knew it was time to head for home! Great job today in the cold ladies! 2 pees for T and 1 pee for G.
DISTANCE: 9.46 km DURATION: 1:06:00
Good morning Girls! Just look at that sunshine! Perfect for a run, right? Gibbons was so funny... she suited up. And then the two of us went downstairs to lure Toki in doing the same. Gibbs was all keen at the door and then the chill hit her and it was like she hit a brick wall! She backtracked, sat down, and looked at me as if to say, "Umm no thanks, too cold." It was right around then that Toki blasted past us, no jacket and waited at the gate. It was all Gibbons needed to brave the cold. So, today was all about breaking expectations, as I did not think Gibbons would want to run with us. We broke records with a 9K run! We broke rules (shhh!) as I think we trespassed through the golf course at one point. And we broke ground, as Toki pulled us up this snow covered bushy field. (That girl is so strong!!) Way to go today Girls! Scoop: two pees for Toki, one for Gibbons after we got home in the backyard.
DISTANCE: 5km DURATION: 50 minutes
I was very glad to see my Vizsla besties today, and I’m happy to report they seemed equally glad to see me! Dogs are so much like little furry kids - they love their routines. So we did our usual little “dance” of getting ready today. They come running and lick anything they can get their tongues on, then as soon as I’ve hidden my shoes they disappear to their “pretend they don’t want to run” spots - Gibbons to her bed and Toki to her couch. Then, as soon as I start getting Gibbons dressed - she is raring to go, and Toki actually not wanting to be left behind comes running. We stayed in the neighbourhood today and literally ran to “where the sidewalk ends” - like the Shel Silverstein book or for you country music fans out there - the George Strait song. Then Toki did her best to leap over a fence at a rabbit! All in all - a great way to kick off my running week. The scoop: just a couple pees for both girls.
DISTANCE: 5.75 km DURATION: 51:48
Since our run last Monday, the snow has melted, and a fresh lot has settled onto the ground. Mother Nature has had a busy week! After Gibbons’ usual sniff-spection of the path across the street from the girls’ home, we headed down the big hill to our sister community. The fresh, soft snow made for a slippery run down, but the girls made sure I was still with them and not dragging behind. The girls raced through the grassy area behind a row of homes, and I was reminded that Gibbons preferred to run behind me, just a year and a half ago. They both seemed to enjoy bounding through the light snow and wrestling each other along the run. No poops for either, 2 pees for Toki and 3 pees for Gibbs.
Turns out, the girls (and I) much preferred running this afternoon, as opposed to this morning. With the temperature slightly warmer than our earlier run, it turned out to be a great final walk/run for our week together. Has it really been nearly a week already?? Gibbons and Toki were the best sleepover buddies; cuddling under the covers, keeping me company while I studied, and always giving me as many smooches as possible. The highlight for me was the early morning backyard pees, where both girls scurried out the door, quickly found the ‘perfect spot’, did their business for the same length of time, and simultaneously sprinted back inside. I laughed each and every day this happened, as they seemed to have the process synchronized. I am really going to miss waking up to slobbery kisses, and hearing Toki’s tail wag against the couch from across the room. Gibbs seems to think she is a lap dog, always wanting to sit as close as possible (even if that means right between your legs).
Pet Sitter: Jaime
DISTANCE:: 4.13 km DURATION: 48:56
Wow! You girls did 8 kilometres yesterday with Tammy setting my expectations for today quite high. As I convinced the girls to emerge from bed after their post breakfast lay-down, we suited up and headed out! Gibbs was not pleased at all with how cold it was, and that she could see her own breath. I figured we would not break any records today, especially taking 20 minutes for our first kilometre. Finally, we picked up the speed, and Toki managed to rile Gibby up enough to really get a good running pace going. Both girls were shaking a little bit towards the 45 minute mark so I knew it was time to head for the warmth of home. This afternoon we will be sure to get back out for one last run before the snow begins to fall. Just 2 pees for Gibbons and 5 pees for Toki (poops are more of a backyard thing for these gals).
DISTANCE: 8.82 km DURATION: 59:06
Oh my, what a nice greeting! Did you think I was Mom coming back home? I had to look twice to confirm that it was Toki, right there, tail wagging, and even giving me a kiss! It's important for these pups (just like it is for children) to have substitute 'moms'. Now I'm thinking probably Jaime is #2 in that chain of command, but I'm pretty sure, especially based on the greeting I got today from both Toki and Gibbons, (although Gibby always greets all her runners lovingly) that I would break the top 5! It was followed by a great run! Steady, with only a couple sniffing breaks today. We also stopped to say "Hi" to two Basset Hounds, Bella and Buddy. Don't worry Girls! Mom and Dad are home in only a couple days, and Jaime's back in just a few hours. Scoop: Two pees from Toki, and I think Gibbons did her business in the backyard when I was putting their jackets away. She had a dangler that was bugging her that I had to help her out with! 😳
DISTANCE: 4.92 km DURATION: 58:29
As much as we love to venture into Valley Ridge, the girls and I have quite a love for the community of Crestmont. The quiet streets, with no traffic whizzing by, the various canine friends we meet along our paths, and the beautiful homes we pass by, are just a few reasons why we love this neighbourhood. The beautiful scenery, multiple playgrounds and hidden paths, truly make for a different, exciting run each time. Gibbons and Toki were thrilled to get outside without a coat today, as the sun filled the air with warmth. We had to be careful and watch our footing closely, as some areas have not received enough sunshine to melt the snow, and have instead formed sheets of ice. Nothing like a fantastic outing in our favorite community, with beautiful weather to match. The scoop: 4 pees for G. and 3 pees for T.