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.
DISTANCE: 6.2 km DURATION: 1 hour
Today was very, very hot! Gibbons went on a bit of a walk outside in the neighbourhood and then I took Toki to run through the paths down by the river. She stopped to bashfully say hello to another dog and we speed-walked up the hill. It was a great workout and they spent some time outside followed by a treat. See you tomorrow Gibbons and Toki. The Scoop: 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 6.9 km DURATION: 50 minutes
Today was beautiful out! Toki and I ran through the neighbourhood paths. Unfortunately, Gibbons was really adamant about staying at home so when Toki and I were done with our run we made up for it with some outdoor play and soaking in the sunshine. Thanks for the run and hanging out Gibbons and Toki! The Scoop: 1 pee. Please note this is an archived photo as my photos somehow disappeared.
DISTANCE: 2.48 km DURATION: 29:29
Gibbons was not thrilled with the rainy weather this morning and it took quite a bit of convincing to get her out there with me and Toki. Thankfully, the weather calmed down a bit and let us enjoy what we could out of the day. The three of us took a pitstop at the playground, in hopes of lifting Gibbs’ spirits. Both Toki and I knew we had to do whatever it took to keep her motivated and happy on our jog. We navigated through puddles and mudslides until Ms. Gibby decided it was time to throw in the towel. Sprinting for home was the fastest speed the three of us attained all run long. The rain picked up again with a few blocks left from home... Oh Mother Nature, you never run out of surprises! The Scoop: 2 pees for G and 1 long pee for T.
DISTANCE: 6 km DURATION: 1 hour
Gibbons, Toki and I went for a little bit of a jog for approximately 3km. Gibbons did great! They stopped a bit to sniff and take some pee breaks. After Gibbons was done her walk/run, Toki and I headed out for another 3km (except I forgot to unpause the app so technically we ran 6km altogether!) It was beautiful out and also a great workout. We had some time in the backyard and tails were wagging when they got a treat at the end of their hard work. What a great start to the day!
DISTANCE: 7.46 km . DURATION: 51:30
Toki was super excited to get outside for her run this morning while Gibbons was content with staying in bed and sleeping in this morning. Gibbons’ mom said she had a bit of a late night chasing squirrels—that explains it. Toki and I ran down to the river and back at a strong pace and she was still bouncing around with energy afterwards. Gibbons joined Toki and me in the backyard post-run where Toki got even more of her excitement out; bouncing around the yard with one of her toys. The Scoop: 1 pee for Gibbons and 2 pees for Toki.
DISTANCE: 5.21 km DURATION: 57:53
Today I was greeted by Gibbons and Toki whose tails were wagging. We all wandered down to the pond saying hi to the neighbour on the way. The doggos were very interested in the geese waddling by. Shortly after, Gibbons decided to have a quick lay down so we changed direction! I dropped her off at home so Toki and I could get some kilometers in. She was a bundle of energy which was great! I don't blame Gibbons for wanting to stay indoors though, it look like there was a storm brewing. When we got back we all spent some time out in the backyard. The Scoop: 1 poop for Toki and many pees for both. You guys are always pleasant to see. Thanks Gibbons & Toki. See you Thursday!