DISTANCE: 6.29 km . DURATION: 1:08:00
The snow stopped and the weather turned for the better just in time for our run today. However, this meant the slush puddles were unavoidable. Today, Gogol met me at the door and we had a much easier time getting his boots on. I made the mistake today of wearing my old runners, hoping to keep my new ones from getting dirty. My feet were killing me by the time Gogol and I started our run. He didn’t seem too keen on running at the start anyways so we settle for a power walk and avoided the bobcat pole going back and forth along the path we were on. At one point we had to walk through a massive slush puddle and the ice froze my feet and made it possible for me to run for a km or two. Gogol did well with every dog we encountered today, except the last two walking with their mom and stroller. I could see them having a stand off and pulled Gogol along just before the barking ensued. We finished off with some fun at the off- leash park. Bye for now Gogol! The scoop: 4 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.89 km DURATION: 1:01:52
I could not have asked for a better day to have my first run back with DGR! And who better than Go-Go Gogol to have as a running partner! It has been about a year since I last saw Gogol. He was reluctant to come see me at the door - probably knowing I was going to put his boots on - and made me get him from the bedroom. I’m used to this process as my dog has had that same issue with her paws lately. Darn salt and snow! We hit the ground running. Then we slowed up to take care of business and adjust a floppy boot, and continued on at a consistent pace. We ran into 4 dogs along our route. The two more anxious, high-strung dogs brought out the reactive side in Gogol. The other two were much calmer and Gogol matched their energy and met them without issue. One was a year-old Golden Retriever who looked very similar to Gogol. I was glad to see all 4 boots stay on today! I’ll see Gogol again tomorrow! The scoop: 4 pees, 2 poos.
DISTANCE: 4.42 km . DURATION: 53:27
Gogol and I had a nice run today, and we even got a bit of speed in since the weather finally decided to cooperate and it's *only* -20C out. YAY! Gogol was quite a go getter this morning, even with his booties it didn't stop him one bit! He was such a good good boy that even though he wanted to go fast, he always made sure to look back to make sure I was ready too! We even managed to get a little photo shoot for Gogol at Stampede Park! Then, finally around the 35 minute mark, we both settled into a casual pace. Our only hiccup was when Gogol wanted so badly to say hello to some of the neighbour dogs. Oh boy, did he ever get excited and woofed at the other dogs! But no fret, with a little bit of prompting he calm down right away and learned that politeness goes a long way. SUCCESS! 2 poops for Gogol and just one pee.
DISTANCE: 4.34 km . DURATION: 54:43
Howdy Gogol! Our last run was so long ago that it was a different season (Summer). Thanks for being so patient with me and trusting as I put your blue booties on in preparation of our outing today. Gogol was so cute lifting his paws up. He must be an expert at this. I, on the other hand, am not an expert at booties and three fell off in the first 10 minutes (see the last photo with Gogol smiling). We got them back on and continued our mission to find critters. Despite the cold, there were lots of bunnies, squirrels, and even a flock of birds out and about. Gogol was not too jazzed about the critters. His focus was mainly on me. We did a light jog to stroll and he had fun scooping up snow. We also played with a stick and Gogol was definitely jazzed about that. The Scoop: 2 poops and 2 pees. Thanks for the adventure Gogs!
DISTANCE: 4.28 km . DURATION: 56:42
Few things warm my heart more than a dog smiling in the sunshine. Gogol and I slipped outside into a chilly winter day only to find the sun happily warming our shoulders. It was a good day to take the long way to the dog park. And when we arrived, we found a quiet park that was perfect for bouncing and stick chasing and twig munching. Gogol also thought mitt stealing was on the agenda, but a firm look and a patient stare from me convinced him that mitts were boring - pine cone pouncing would have to suffice. A van full of dogs arrived, and that persuaded us to head up the hill and overlook the park and the city core. Although it was chilly, it was genuinely a peaceful winter day. Gogol showed no signs of wanting to rush home, and so we took the long way back. On the way there, we passed two big dogs, and Gogol did a fantastic job of maintaining my eye contact while seated. Nice work, bud! I left him after a short belly rub and a quick kiss on the nose. Have a good nap, sir. The scoop: 3 pees, 2 poops.
DISTANCE: 5.81 km DURATION: 55:01
Hiya Gogol! It's nice to see you again and great to have a short visit with your human "mom". We both marvelled at how cute Gogol is. He's got such a great smile. After booties were donned, off we went. Now I know Ryan tends to take you to Roxboro Park, but here's the thing... I'm not exactly sure where that is! So I took a chance and took my iPhone out of my pocket. Iphone users reading this are gasping, thinking, "What? In this cold??" Well, it's actually warmed up to -17C. And my iPhone's battery did not freeze itself off, so all was good. Except boy was that park crowded today! There were many other dogs and their owners enjoying this balmy weather! So we zipped out and did a neighbourhood trot instead. I back tracked a bit looking for a bootie that fell off. I found one, but once home I realized I don't think it's his! Well he has an assortment, so now he has a spare. Thanks for the run today Gogs! Scoop: three poops and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.3 km DURATION: 1 hour
It's another super cold one Gogol, but that's no reason to keep us from getting a little run in! If we didn't, who would scare all the bunnies who live outside of Repsol? It was very peaceful at the Roxboro off-leash dog park today. But that didn't stop Gogol from enough frolicking about to kick off two booties! After four bootie adjustments over our little jog & a visit to the park, Gogol kept jumping up and hugging my back leg, so I took that as a cue to bring him back inside to warm up again. Scoop Score: #1 x4, #2 x3. Looking forward to seeing you again soon Gogol!
DISTANCE: 2.38 km DURATION: 1:03:55
It's so good to meet you Gogol! Today is a special day for Gogol because he got to meet a brand new runner (that's me!). Boy, was he ever excited! It took a little bit longer for us to get going because his booties kept falling off with the -25C cold. Gogol kept giving me little hugs from behind and was so happy! The only hiccup was meeting a friendly neighbour dog in the elevator which got him a little worked up. He was also adamant about "inspecting" every little pee and poo left behind by other doggies. Even with his cone on, that didn't stop him from trying to eat some snow! The scoop: 2 poops and 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 3.16 km DURATION: 42:55
Good morning Gogol! It's nice to be back to do some running. It took a little bit of coaxing to get things going (for both of us) but once we were both suited and booted up, it wasn't that bad out. Gogol left lots of circles in the snow with his Elizabethan Collar making all the snow-covered smells even harder to get to. Even stick nibbling was an extra challenging task. We got to see two other nice dogs at the off-leash park. Also, it was a lucky day for at least one squirrel, and one little bunny who were saved by Gogol being tethered to me when we came upon them. Scoop Score: #1 x2, #2 x3.
DISTANCE: 3.13 km DURATION: 54:03
Ice skates would've been an acceptable footwear choice on today's walk with Gogol. Everywhere we stepped: ice. It was like Mr. Freeze (the Arnold Schwarzenegger version, of course) had made a visit. We went along a path that cuts across the middle of the ridge. It was narrow, and 90% black ice. It was awesome! I had to keep myself up by holding on to branches and staggering my stance to gain ultimate levels of balance. Gogol was doing pretty fine on the ice, and he was very kind as he waited for me to catch up. Good job Gogol! I'm sorry a bootie was lost in the end. 1 poo, many pees.
DISTANCE: 2.65 km DURATION: 53:24
I choose you! Today, Gogol and I saw a Pokémon card frozen face down in the ice. I'm a little bit sad I'll never know which Pokémon it was, but I was able to collect myself and continue our walk. I regretted not wearing my Icebugs on our venture because the ground at the park and ridge was pretty much covered in frozen icy snow. The trail on the ridge glowed from the reflection of the sun. Gogol could've used some crampons on his booties as well as he was sliding on occasion, but he maintained a positive attitude as he roamed off-leash. 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.48 km . DURATION: 50:09
Progress! Gogol and I jogged quite a bit for the first two kilometres, and I let him roam off-leash when we got to the park. He tried to lay down a few times to pick at his booties when he was off-leash so I kept him focused on me by running away, around, and to him. After the first park time, I tried to keep mostly to the sidewalks between off-leash time. I kept him on-leash at the busy park and he only growled at one dog. While we were walking up to the ridge for a little thigh burning fun, we saw tons and tons of birds fly between the bushes and trees that hugged the trail. It was amazing because they were so close to us and Gogol was calm and just watching the birds communicate and dance between the branches. 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.27 km . DURATION: 51:27
P-p-p-p-park d-d-day GoGol! Can't you tell how cold it is by my shivering. Luckily I had one handy hand-warmer to warm up that 1% of my body. Did you know: your hand actually makes up less than 1% of your total weight. Wow, this blog is going nowhere. Anyways, our run was not a run at all. It was more of a granny shuffle. Wait, before you judge - Gogol and I make granny shuffling look super swanky. Today, Gogol had plenty of off-leash time and he was incredibly satisfied with that. We played tug-of-war and fetch with a massive stick, and we found a pink creature hiding in the trees. I'm not too sure what this pink creature was supposed to be, maybe it was a raccoon, or a cat or, a bear of some sort. So, yeah, that was cool. Good job Gogol. 1 poo, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.53 km . DURATION: 51:13
Today, Gogol and I had a fun time together today. We went to the park where Gogol found a nice stick that he chewed into a billion pieces. Gogol, we've only been here two minute. Oh my goodness! Don't worry. we found another stick. We played keep away and fetch, which he interpreted both as keep away, and he made a peaceful encounter with a shy tiny cat-sized dog. Once we heard the yappy-barks of a flock (not the correct term, but I think it's what represented them) of pooches arrive from the opposite end of the park, I decided it was time to leave. Then we did a little out-and-back sort of journey with a little bit of jogging. 2 poops, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.32 km . DURATION: 58:53
It feels like a lifetime since Gogol and I have last run together. I was so eager to see my Golden friend on this brisk Friday afternoon. Gogs seemed shocked to see me walk through the door and immediately put his face against mine, nuzzling his weight into me. After getting his booties and harness on, we went out to frolic in the snow, and enjoy an easy walk together. I brought a special treat for Gogol; a tennis ball for the off-leash park. I knew the ball would be destroyed in minutes but it was so worth it to see his smiling face. I have missed you so so much Gogs. Thanks for hanging out with me today. The scoop: 2 poops and 3 pees.