DISTANCE: 7.53 km DURATION: 1:04:24
We are not prancing stallions, Harley. But today I'm afraid we need to pick up our feet. Really, really, high. Despite the snow, it was a genuinely beautiful day to run. The sun was shining, and neighbours were greeting each other (and passing dogs) as a mass clean-up was well underway. We tried to stick as much to the commuter routes in search of reasonably clear pavement. But for a fair portion of our run, we found ourselves in a bounding hop, instead of a smooth running stride. The snow was as high as Harley's stomach in many places so he, too, was leaping in an odd dance. Harley also found the snow a little disarming in places when he found his usual sniff spots hidden behind large snow banks. It was a fun run/prance today in the sunshine. Happy Holidays, bud. I hope you get all the bones you wish for. The scoop: 6 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 7.00 km. DURATION: 1:07:07
Harley reporting on this snowy morning! Tara came to pick me up and we went on our first run together. Throughout the neighbourhood I found lots of places to sniff and pee and Tara was very well behaved while I did my business. Once we got down to the water we kept it at a light jog. We enjoyed that the city was freshly covered in a snow blanket. The sun came out as we got to Eau Claire and it turned into a beautiful day! On the steps back up to the neighbourhood, we ran into a little girl that gave me some nice pets. Tara and I had a great time. I recommend her to any dog that wants a good run. The scoop: one poop, many pees.
DISTANCE: 8.53 km DURATION: 1:04:17
Good morning, Harley! Today was a run that featured a range of curious sights. Of course, Harley and I found a number of geese all along the river today (no doubt alarmed by the relatively warm weather), but it's not often that you see a loon out for a float on the Bow. Harley found it odd too as it was flapping and making a fuss. We then zipped along Memorial Drive and next found that someone had hung a number of sports and school pennants, and travel flags from the trees. There didn't seem to be any consistent theme but it proved for an interesting back-drop for the handsome Harley. We next crossed a bridge we don't normally make it to, only to weave along some lengthy construction near Princess Island. My gracious, what a racket. But it will be beautiful when it's done Harley. Alrighty then, let's keep moving. We made it back to Harley's home where he gratefully enjoyed a delicious salmon dog treat. Great run bud; you earned it on our run of the curious and interesting. The scoop: 9 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 7.33 km DURATION: 1:01:49
Look look Harley.... look at the camera..... no look at the geese in the sky. Poor Harley, he wasn’t sure where to look when we were trying to take his picture. And he is such a dark dog that you get the outline of his body but not the detail. Today. you may have not been able to see his eyes. His owner told me he was going to the groomer's this afternoon!! I imagine he will be all handsome for his Xmas family photos. It was a good run today with not as many stops and lots of off-leash time. He was right by my side the whole time. Many pees and marking stops but no poop.
DISTANCE: 8.28 km. DURATION: 1:03:59
Hello Mr. Happy. Harley, I caught you several times today with a smile on your face. After nearly folding yourself in half from your wildly swinging tail when I greeted you at your door, we started out into the morning chill. Harley was content to show me all the spots he clearly missed since our run last week, while we ran past noisy construction on our regular route. But we found a quiet oasis at Princess Island Park, where only a few children (I'm sorry we couldn't stop for what was sure to be a long break full of wiggles and scratches) and a few geese to keep us company. Yes, there were many reasons to smile there. On we pushed, along the river valley until we started the climb back to your house and your family. And, boom! There it was; a tired smile among the painted flowers that, I think, said "woo that was fun". Have a great week, Harley. Keep smiling. The scoop: 10 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 5.89 km. DURATION: 58:57
Let’s call it a field of dog dreams ....check out the picture of the field of geese...the dogs certainly did! Lucky for the geese (and me), the dogs were on the other side of the fence😄. I picked up Harley today and a guest dog- you may recognize him as Molson and we headed for off-leash territory. The dogs had a fun together at times and then were almost ignoring each other at other times. I was trying out the running shoes with spikes (for the ice) so we went in search of icy patches and I say I fared better than the dogs at some points. It was funny watching them slide over the ice in order to get their treats as we know dogs can’t just slowly walk over and sit patiently waiting to be handed the goodies. Nope it’s just like the cartoons when the animated character slides and catches the food mid-air and then swallows it. Harley had many pees today but not as many as last week but that might have to do with being off- leash. No poop.
DISTANCE: 8.07 km DURATION: 1:04:59
Good morning, Harley! Our Wednesday is a story of up, and over, and under and zig-zag. We started with a bit of an etch-a-sketch back-and-forth while waiting for our first train to pass. But Harley followed along like a trooper, although I'm sure he thought I had lost my mind. We then moved along the river valley, mixing up our surroundings by taking things in different directions. Up and over one bridge, under another, and across another twice just for kicks. There was a recent Herald article that assured me that keeping a work-out fresh also included doing similar things, just in another direction or in a different pattern. Mission accomplished, Harley. We ran into our second train on the way home, but this time we were only delayed for the time it took to pose for our last photo, featuring a happy guy at the end of another run. Thanks Harley! Have a fabulous weekend. The scoop: 11 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 7.91 km. DURATION: 1:05:02
I was really looking forward to taking Harley out today after reading many of the previous blogs and I was not disappointed when I got to the house. He is such a cutie❤️. He had a buddy in the house that I felt badly about leaving behind however, it was just me and Harley heading out today. I was also really looking forward to being on the pathway to Edworthy Park; my old stomping grounds with my own dogs in prior years. I just don’t get out in that direction as much anymore so the chance to do so made me happy. Harley was very happy to see me and we instantly became friends. Our run/fast walk was lovely and windy; even Harley wanted to draft off me, as we headed into the wind, by running right behind me😄. I lost count of how many times Harley peed as it happened at almost every light and wooden post! No poop today.
DISTANCE: 8.29 km DURATION: 1:02:37
Look at this sunshine, Harley! Let's get out and stretch our legs a little. And we weren't the only ones along the river enjoying the sunshine and the chinook. We found a flock of geese that, I think, were stopping for a break on their journey south. And here's my pal Harley, taking a quick sniff break on a much more brief, but entirely important, journey of our own. We zipped across a few bridges that we haven't used in a while in an effort to avoid the serious construction on Crowchild. We found many warming sunny stretches, many damp melting patches, and so many places for Harley to sniff in the lovely melt. Time to zip home and clean up your feet. Today was an amazing day to run. Thanks for the journey, Harley. The scoop: 9 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 8.3 km DURATION: 1:04:00
Good morning, Harley! I have to tell you that I was having a conversation about you with a friend and neighbour this past weekend. I was asked why I was missing bootcamp classes, and I boasted about my super-motivating Monday workout partner. Here you are Harley, always happy to greet me, always happy to get out for a stretch, always "smiling" when we run, and all the while always wagging your tail. You are the best Monday motivator, Harley. We zipped along the backside of the river today to take in a peaceful wintry run. I took a video of your tail wagging furiously (getting an equally vigorous workout) when old man winter zapped the battery life on my phone. Alas, Harley can motivate even the most reluctant Monday runners, but he can't yet motivate a battery to stay charged. I promise to get this fixed before I see you next, bud. But in the meantime, enjoy the rest of your day. You've earned it! The scoop: 7 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 8.07 km DURATION: 58:56
Apparently Portuguese Water Dogs are a pretty rare breed and I had only heard about them since Barack Obama owns two, You are a stunning dog, Harley boy and extremely laid back. It was easy to get organized and out of the house quickly. The river was not very far away and the city paths would be clear of snow so we weaved amongst the streets and passed a Dog Walker with 6-8 dogs strapped to her. I was surprised that Harley did not care too much for them. Brave lady! I was happy to have just one dog. We crossed over 14 Street Bridge and the view was stunning with the water glistening and the hoar frost on the trees and grass. Harley was very content on our run to stop, sniff and scratch around every so often (there must be good things under that snow). We headed over the Peace Bridge (photo opportunity) and on the return journey Harley preferred to hang back behind me. We made our way back home on the city side, after checking out the neighbourhood. Thank you Harley, the pleasure was all mine! The scoop: 7 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.99 km DURATION: 1:32:14
Bexie and I started the week off right with a bike ride across town to see Harley! I couldn’t wait to see the two side by side, and knew they would do great together; they both like running at a moderate pace with regular sniff stops. I had a couple different people along the run laugh at the pair of them saying, “it’s like big and little!” We headed directly through the hilly neighbourhoods to my favourite off-leash park. There’s always an endless stream of dogs there to meet, and today didn’t disappoint. Harley’s long tail was pointed to the sky and Bexie was doing her best to play with any dog she could. The two played a few times (usually in a chase with another dog), but Bexie was a little too high energy for the laid back Harley, who was busy enjoying the freedom to roam around sniffing and meeting every dog he could. Sometimes, if Bexie and I run into another dog playing fetch, she will chase the dog with the ball. Whenever she started doing this today Harley would chase her down and block her from the other dog. It’s as if Harley could see the other dog just wanted to play its game and was helping them by redirecting Bexie. Glad we could soak up this sunny weather with you Harley. Couldn’t ask for a better Monday. 😊 Bexie has been asleep since we made it home. The scoop: many pees, one poo.
DISTANCE: 7.26 km DURATION: 1:01:06
The roads and sidewalks have nearly had a full week to clear so the bike ride down to Harley’s was a pleasant one. I was really excited to meet this Waterdog, and heard nothing but great things about him. I was a little surprised when I first arrived and could hear a couple different barks from inside... Did I misread something and there are actually two dogs to run? Both dogs were very excited, but friendly and welcoming. The little one kept bringing his toy to show off and was such a cutie! I was reassured it was just Harley I needed to run though as there is no way the little one would keep up for the full hour, especially in this cold! Harley looks very similar to my dog (Bexie), but taller and a lot more stocky - although completely different breeds (mine is a poodle/terrier mix). They both have a white patch of hair as well! Bexie’s is on her chest while Harley’s is his one paw! I have seen dogs with different colour paws, but usually two paws have a different colour not just one, so I thought this was unique and looked really awesome!! We headed right for the pathway by the river where I figured it would be the clearest to run on. Harley stayed behind me the entire time and kept up at a relaxed, steady pace. It was the perfect speed for us to take in all the sights, enjoy the morning air, and still keep warm. Unfortunately my planned route was blocked - the pedestrian bridge across the river underneath Crowchild was closed so we doubled back and took a few detours along our way home. Can’t wait to see you again Harley! The scoop: 7 pees, no poo.
DISTANCE: 8.66 km DURATION: 1:03:34
Good morning, fine sir! And happy Monday to you, Harley. I fear that my iPhone is passing away as the battery life seems to evaporate on cooler runs (and it's not even that cold yet). With this floating in the back of my mind, I tucked my phone under several layers as Harley and I took to our regular route. And sure enough, only a third of the way into our run, I started receiving low battery warnings. So taking advantage of Harley's seeming disinterest with rest and scratch breaks, I picked up our pace hoping to get as much mileage in before the battery died. And so we kept going, and going, and going... and so did the battery. What a great run to start off our week, Harley! As we were heading up the last big hill to your house I tried to sneak in just a little more speed, and a gentle tug on the leash told me you were having none of that. Fair enough, we crushed our run today without a final sprint up the last hill. Good work, friend. You beat the battery. The scoop: 8 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE; 8.8 km DURATION: 1 hour
Well Harley, today could easily have been considered poor. But in the spirit of half-full glasses, here are all the reasons why it actually was pretty decent. Yes this morning's wind was super cold, but you're covered in fur, and I'm dripping in expensive tech gear. So no, we can't really complain about the cold yet. Next, you were up to your old tricks Harley and recorded double digit sniff and scratch breaks again. That's okay, you actually made me smile when you pulled up at predictable intervals, or gave me an offended look when I coax you to keep moving. My phone battery died on the Peace Bridge today, but while it's not the best picture of you, the phone managed to capture a final photo of you mid-lick and mid-stride. Lastly, we were pinned-in by the train again. But while we zigged and zagged to prevent our muscles from cramping, we managed to work ourselves up to a 8.8km run. And that can never be a bad thing. What a morning, Harley. But any way we slice it, it was a good one. The scoop: 12 pees, no poops.