DISTANCE: 4.88 km DURATION: 43:15
Arriving at Toki and Gibbons' house today, the grey cloud-covered sky was pouring rain. Because of this I spent the first half hour or so playing and hanging out with the girls. I knew it was time to get out there when Toki stole my shoe. I thought that maybe since the big dark rain cloud was beginning to disperse that Gibbons would be glad to join us on our run today. However this was not the case. Even in her adorable pink raincoat. she came to a halt once we hit the driveway. Toki and I had to leave her behind and the two of us continued on. I made sure to stick close to home just in case the rain came back or we stepped in a large puddle resulting in a wet, trembling, cold Vizsla. Toki seemed to be extra sniffy today. I figured she had to fill her senses with all these interesting post rain smells so I let her. I decided that in order to continue the sniff party going I would take her up to the forest where there was plenty more smells to take in. The scoop: one pee for Gibbons, three pees for Toki.
DISTANCE: 7.54 km DURATION: 1:00:11
I would like to begin by mentioning (because I haven’t yet) how great Toki and Gibbons look in their new collars. Very cool and fresh! The girls greeted me with lots of love and kisses after almost a week of not seeing each other. Our Tuesday runs always go very smoothly and today was no exception. As we ran past the pond, I noticed a bunch of birds circling around in this coordinated routine-like manner. Now thinking back on it, I think it must have been due to nature's incredible response to abundant life. That being the swarming bugs and various insects that bloom around that pond. Moving along, we made our way up into the country- side of town where I took some pictures of the girls with some views. The scoop: Toki peed once.
DISTANCE: 6.40 km . DURATON:: 59:15
It’s been over a week since I’ve last seen the girls, and we were all pretty excited to see each other again. I brought along my friend Callum again, and today being his last day in Canada before he flies home tonight, the girls gave him a nice send-off. It’s a hot day in Calgary, and we were running when the sun was at its peak, so both girls had their tongues out the entire time and both Callum and I accumulated a fair amount of sweat. Gibbons seemed to be a bit tired and was running with a bit of a limp today, so rather then going all the way down to the river, the 4 of us stayed in and around Crestmont, going at an easy pace to make the most out of the nice weather and each other’s company. See you girls on Thursday! The scoop: pees for both the girls and no poops.
DISTANCE: 5.45 km DURATION: 51:20
Even with a few clouds in the sky, we were in for a gorgeous run today. As per usual, we were off to a slow start; stopping to sniff everything we could. We were leisurely trotting instead of running. I made the mistake of taking us up over ‘Vizsla Mountain’ at the beginning of our run, soaking my runners instantly. Mother Nature helped alleviate the situation with a burst of sunshine; filling Gibbons’ face with a smile (and drying up my runners). We ran into a beautiful Greyhound in Valley Ridge, and both girls wanted to stop to say hello. Toki was sad to see a construction fence blocking our usual route on the edge of the community. Looks like we will have to find a new ‘usual’ route Toks! Have a fun weekend getaway with Mom and Dad you two. The scoop: 4 pees for Gibbs, 2 pees for Toki.
DISTANCE: 3.98 km DURATIO:N: 1:10:14
So it was a very hot morning even at 9 a.m. and Gibbons and Toki’s mum wanted them to have a bit of a break since they’ve been hard at it these last couple days. I definitely had no problems with that and instead we went through these cool little trail areas I was meaning to check out with the girls. They were pretty deep in the woods behind the new house development there and it just seemed to stretch on forever. The girls definitely seemed to enjoy the walk through although Gibbons was hesitant when it looked like I was taking her down the cement paths to Bowness. She picked up speed as soon as she saw where we were going. Ten minutes or so in the backyard and the girls were resting on the couch. The Scoop: 1 poop for both girls and several pees.
DISTANCE: 6.42 km DURATION: 57:46
Good morning G&T! The girls greeted me with excitement and kisses. Then, we quickly without any resistance, got ready and headed out the door. Today, apparently isn’t a good day for allergies! I knew today wasn’t going to be a great running day either since I was stopping the girls to blow snot rockets every 5 minutes. I decided that yesterday was more about letting the beans loose and that after the half hour point, today could be more relaxed and full of exploring. What are the chances! We ran into an adorable Vizsla puppy named Charlie that was only 10 weeks old. His owner informed us that the girls resemble his momma and we talked about the girls since she was excited to hear about what he may grow up to be like. Toki and Gibbons were the role models for baby Charlie. The scoop: one pee each. After this, Toki got her chance to let out any remaining energy by chasing a ball around the backyard for a while.
DISTANCE: 8.00 km DURATION: 58:09
What a great way to start off a new week!! In the first photo, you see Gibbons defence against getting harnessed which includes her leaning back and swinging her paw at you indicating “stop right there”. Once we got out and going, it didn’t take long to realize the new bluetooth earphones I had bought are a complete piece of crap. We didn’t make it to the bottom of the hill before they had already called out about five times. The joy and excitement radiating from Toki and Gibbons stopped me from getting in a bad mood about this disappointment. So I forgot about it, shoved the earphones in my pocket, and we carried on. We ran and ran and didn’t really stop until we reached the big hill that brings us back to Crestmont. Those last fifteen minutes were tough with the sun beaming, and by this point we had tired ourselves out. I could tell we were all on the same page seeing as both girls tongues were hanging out the side out their mouths and both were lagging behind. Alas, we made it back, covered a distance that I'm very proud of. We had fun!! The scoop: one pee each.
DISTANCE: 7.15 km DURATION: 1:01:16
A day of firsts with the sistas! First time running the route I took us on (big grassy area close to 16th Ave), first poop out on the trail and not in the backyard (nice one, Toki), and a first not having to put jackets on them. Apparently, I only run them in not so great weather. All three of us had a great run - my knee didn’t bother me (often it does), and the girls were in great spirits. Just towards the end, before the big hill, I noticed Gibbons was sluggish, and then further noticed a slight limp. So we walked the rest of the way. Mom knows now, so hopefully it’s nothing major! The Scoop: 1 poo each, 2-3 pees each.
DISTANCE: 7.45 km DURATION: 58:46
Another achy summer day gone by was my thoughts waking up this morning. The girls reminded me immediately upon greeting me how exciting and joyful today could be and this more positive mindset prepared me for the run ahead. The run started with a blast off as we ran around the ponds and into the construction zone. I just about tired myself out after the first half hour of the run so we chilled out significantly for the next 15 minutes and the girls got to meet an adorable Shepherd Husky mix named Akula. After catching our breath, we picked up the pace again this time completely tiring myself and Gibbons. Toki was still being adorably crazy and hyper upon coming back home while Gibbons went right back into her cozy bed. The scoop: one pee each and one poo for Gibbons.
DISTANCE: 7.15 km DURATION: 1:00:04
Wicked Wednesday with G&T today. Toki was being a complete weirdo from the moment I arrived! She ran back and forth from me to the opposite wall in the house getting closer and closer every time until I touched her and she lost it. After that, she was the most excited I’ve ever seen this dog. She was jumping up, running circles around me and would shove herself between Gibbons and me as I tried to get Gibs' harness on. Meanwhile, Gibbons was trying to fight me off by leaning back and kicking her front paws at me. Once we got out of the house, Gibbons halted and was not responding to cuddling so I hoisted her between my legs and tired to get her going slowly that way. At the same instant, laughter broke out a couple doors down. A neighbour found the sight hilarious and came over to say hello to the girls. Toki rushed up to the man in his work overalls while Gibbons seemingly frightened and looped around behind me and tried to jump up as if wanting a piggyback. This encounter actually got Gibbons moving and by the time my Runkeeper announced it had been ten minutes, we were finally off. The rest of the run went relatively smoothly. Toki pulled me and I pulled Gibbons - business as usual. The Scoop: two pees from Toki and one from Gibs.
DISTANCE: 8.17 km DURATION: 59:08
What a way to start the week! Mondays are always a write-off during the summer. I wasn’t sure how today was going to go when I arrived at the girls' home as Toki was more interested in playing and hiding and Gibbons was cozy in bed. However, I showed both girls what they wanted by snuggling with Gibbons a little while and then chasing Toki until I was able to take her toy away. We took our run down and around Valley Ridge today and explored that area some more. Both these neighbourhoods have some wonderfully preserved forest areas which is not only lovely to run through but also allows some wildlife be around. Today, we saw a majestically large bird swoop across the sky and land on the electric pole above us which didn’t even faze Toki. Surprisingly, both girls and I were in the groove and this hawk seemed like just a guardian. The scoop: one pee each.
DISTANCE: 7.44 km DURATION: 1:00:10
I brought along a special friend on my run with Gibbons and Toki, my friend Callum who’s visiting from England. Gibbons immediately accepted him as her new friend, giving him plenty of kisses and letting him run her belly, Toki was a little more wary of this new person, but warmed up to him quickly. The four of us were off. I decided to show Callum our favourite route down to the river; giving the girls a chance to rehydrate as well. I’ve never seen Gibbons up close to the water before, so I never realized how much she loves being in the water. She immediately started pulling out into the water, paddling her paws to try to swim away. Unfortunately, today wasn’t the time or the place to let Gibbons swim, so we headed back up to Crestmont for some last cuddles and play-time. The scoop: pees for both the girls.
DISTANCE: 2.19 km DURATION: 36:38
HOLY SMOKE! What the heck happened girls? I thought these campfire-like conditions were supposed to improve and not worsen over night. ‘’Mom” and I decided it would be best that we walk instead of run, and cut the walk short if necessary. We started off around the pond; enjoying the fresh breeze. We began to feel signs of fatigue and headaches induced by the smoke, around the half hour mark. Despite the conditions, we made the most of a gloomy situation. The scoop: 1 pee and 1 poop for Toki, 3 pees for Gibbs!
DISTANCE: 7.19 km . DURATION: 59:59
What a beautiful morning for a run! The flowers are in full bloom right now, thanks to last week's rain. Today the girls and I enjoyed the floral aroma and bright sun on our run today. In an effort to evade the heat of the day, we went off a little bit earlier today, and were greeted by a lovely breeze to cool us down. Gibbons wasn’t as enthusiastic to run initially but soon enough we were going at a nice pace. As we ran, the sun rose and the wind subsided; making me nice and red and sweaty, and both girls had their tongues hanging out in an effort to cool down. So we made our way back; all three of us feeling tired and hot, but like always just happy to be outside. The Scoop: pees for both girls and no poos.
DISTANCE: 6.81 km DURATON: 54:51
Ain’t nobody going to break my stride! Not even Gibbons, just kidding. But not really. Lately, I see the girls as a very ideal alternative to a gym membership. The pair of Vizslas come with motivation, a happy attitude, and tons of positive energy! There is definitely no better motivator for getting me up and going on a Wednesday morning! During our run, I played the song Break My Stride about 5 or 6 times. It was definitely the song theme of the day. I think the girls felt the power of this excellent running song as we hustled through the forest paths, around the pond and up around the neighbourhood. The scoop: one pee from Gibbons and two pees for Toki. 😇👌🏽.