DISTANCE: 7.69 km DURATION: 1:01:56
Such a great time with Heidi! I just love that girl!!! She has such a sweet personality!! I really enjoy time with her!! We explored some new streets and neighbourhoods . She is so calm and always so well behaved! We enjoyed the sunshine and a little breeze! 2 poops and 4 pees today
(Editor's note: We wish you well back at the shelter Heidi. This is not "Bye" but "Until next time", we hope!)
DISTANCE: 6.53 km DURATION: 52:58
Heidi, I am so glad I get to run you today. I hear that your foster mom is moving soon and you will be going back to the shelter. Hopefully, it will be only a short stint back there as I think as soon as someone realizes what an awesome dog you are they will snap you up! We headed for shaded trails, which had a bonus of a small stream beside the boardwalk. Then to cap it all off, we also found raspberries! I offered Heidi a taste, but apparently she much prefers kibble. Well, at least she turned her nose to my offering with a smile on her face! You are indeed very polite as well as good-looking. If I didn't already have a dog at home, I would definitely be applying to bring you home with me. Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 7.81 km DURATION: 55:31
Great run with sweet girl Heidi today! It was a hot one and she would take some breaks in the shade and roll in the grass! She doesn't seem to want a drink from my hand or bottle but there is a spot we found mid-way with an indentation in the cement and I put water in there for her to drink! She liked that! Lots of grass sniffing on the way! She usually runs behind me and I feel like this helps her to keep moving at a good pace! She was very thirsty when we got back. I waited till she drank her water and refilled the bowl again. I wiped the floor as water was everywhere! 😂 I also let her out in the backyard for few minutes, just in case she needed to pee one more time after all that water!! 1 poop and 4 pees today. Great time!
DISTANCE: 7.18 km DURATION: 1:02:15
What a sweet friend I have now!! Heidi was so kind and welcoming when I came in!! She gave me a kiss right away while I was putting her harness on!! What a beautiful pup!! Tall and strong - just like me!!😉 We had a wonderful time running! We mostly stayed on the trails which were shady and not as hot! There was one spot with a big mud puddle and I guess Heidi wanted to cool off so she laid right in it😯. You can imagine her beautiful golden fur becoming black!! Oh my!! One happy pup though! She had some water from my hand and few treats along the way! When we got back, I washed her legs as much as I could with the hose (she was being very patient with me) and then dried her off with towels to the best I could. She still needs some cleaning but I didn't want to overwhelm her on our first meet as she was a little hesitant around water.. What a great time today! I'm so blessed to have a new sweet friend!! 3 pees and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 9.20 km DURATION: 1:03:38
Today was all about giving Heidi anything she wanted (within reason). Heidi is an AARCS Foster who will be going back to Safe Haven for a bit awaiting her adoption so I wanted her to have a glorious morning run. This meant bring patient while she warmed up and sniffed for the first 2K. I then took her into some trails behind Aspen Estates as she loves the wilderness. She was overjoyed to find a stick and she rolled and played with the stick in a happy frenzy. It was odd today that we ran into several dogs off-leash in on-leash areas. I redirected Heidi but truthfully she has come so far with other dogs that I am confident she would have behaved. On the way home, we got into a steady running groove. We finished with some TLC and treats. i think the only thing missing for Heidi was her favourite thing int he world (snow) but it is almost July. The Scoop: 2 pees and 1 loose poo. I may get a chance to run Heidi at the shelter but am hoping she finds her furever home soon. She is an amazing dog!
DISTANCE; 10.02 km DURATION: 1:03:56
It has been a few weeks since I have seen Heidi and I have missed her. She has a soft spot in my heart because she is an AARCS Foster. She is such an incredible dog and today's run highlighted how amazing she truly is. I hope a loving family adopts her soon. She is very smart and when I told her to sit for a treat or at a light, she sat on cue. She is a dream to run. She starts out slow which is good for a warm-up and then she picks up her pace (around 6K today) so your legs are warm and ready for speed. She is pretty easy-going and I have seen great progress with other dogs. We passed 4 dogs in close proximity today and she was curious but very courteous. She is also drop dead gorgeous; just look at the photos above; especially with the Icelandic poppies. After my run, I saw a message from AARCS inquiring if she could be on an adoption TV shoot this morning. Unfortunately, the timing was off otherwise I would have taken her in a heartbeat. She is so adoptable! Thanks for the amazing 10K sweet gal! The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.02 km DURATION: 56:30
Hello Gorgeous! Heidi walked up and greeted me happily. "Who me?" You bet! And with that, we were out the door and easily jogging up the street. I was on a mission to find a spot I knew existed. It's a little waterfall and stream in the middle of Patterson. I discovered it on a previous dog run, but with my lousy sense of direction, I couldn't remember exactly where it was. So I put that mission aside and just decided to run with no particular direction in mind. Wouldn't you know it? We found the waterfall! I'm sure if I had been determined to find it, it would have eluded me and driven me crazy! Sometimes the nicest things are discovered when you aren't looking for them. That is this waterfall for me.... twice now! Heidi loved the little break in the stream, and otherwise was my lovely running partner, yet again! I'll see you in a couple weeks Heidi! Can't wait! Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 8.42 km DURATION: 58:44
I have to say I am loving my Tuesday morning runs with Heidi. We are so perfectly comfortable with each other every step of the way. She is an easy-going gal that likes to take her time to warm up for her run. This is really good for me because I tend to go out too quick to start my runs! Her leash is slack the whole time. When we have a slight uphill grade I'm intent on keeping it that way, and by this point Heidi is stretching out those long legs of hers. And to end our perfect run together, we went through what I'm sure Heidi thought was a little slice of heaven. A field of long, green grass for her to roll around in to her heart's content. We had earned ourselves a nice cool-down by picking up our pace, so my heart was pretty content too. Thanks Heidi! Scoop: just one poop.
DISTANCE: 7.40 km DURATION: 54;14
Hi Heidi. It's a lot cooler today for our run. Last run the temperature was probably in the high 20's. And I thought that might be why it was a bit of a slower run for Heidi. But 15 degrees cooler and she was still dragging her feet at bit at the start of our run. That could just be her summer running mode (even though it's not quite summer yet). It's a good thing she has those long legs though, as her stride length is probably double that of the average DGR dog. When I think of the expression of a dog loping along, Heidi's gait comes to mind. It was still a nice run, I've never not had a nice run with this sweet girl. I really hope your fur-ever home lets you continue with DGR as I've grown to really like you Heidi! Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 10.12 km DURATION: 1:13:31
Well that ended up being a longer run than we wanted wasn’t it Heidi? Given the forecast for another warm day (yay!), I had a number of strategies in place for us to keep our cool. 😎 First, I headed there a little earlier than normal (around 9:30). Second, I brought a pet water bottle for Heidi. Third, we stuck to the shaded sides of the streets. Finally, I was planning on keeping our run to about 8K. This is where my plan fell apart due to an impassable C-train line! Can’t go over it. (Although this did cross my mind...) Can’t go under it. We had to go around it! At this point, we deployed a fifth strategy of plenty of walk breaks as both Heidi and I were panting at this point. Thanks for trying to be oh-so-cool with me Heidi! Scoop: one pee and two poops.
DISTANCE: 10.22 km DURATION: 1:08:24
Heidi and I went on an adventure today to find treasure. Here are some of the things we found on this toasty morning: 1) a man-made teepee made out of birch. We even hid inside to take a break in the shade. 2) We saw the big red phone booth. We also found liquid gold (water) at The Good Earth, I am thankful for businesses that look out for doggies!` 3) We saw a bright sunflower cow. Heidi was not fond of this find and I could tell she was a bit afraid by the position of her tucked tail. 4) We spotted 2 deer in a backyard. Heidi was intrigued but respectful. I must say she has shown so much progress with other dogs and was such a joy to run today. I hope she gets adopted soon as she is also a treasure! I made sure the pace was steady but slower in the heat and that she had lots of water. The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees. It was a fun treasure hunt!
DISTANCE: Approx. 8 km DURATION: Approx. 1 hour
I knew going into my run with Heidi today that my phone battery was a bit low and it probably would not record the entire run so I decided to go by my watch time and not stress about being unplugged when my phone stopped. This also allowed me to take a different approach to our run. It was an adventure run where we went wherever the wind literally blew us. I also let Heidi choose speed, stops, and destination. I think that is why these photos show her with such a huge grin on her face. I love exploring new trails so we found a fun new trail with birch trees when we spied a runner going down into the woods. Heidi also got ample time to sniff lots of smells. It is actually quite fun when you do not have a set course and you just go where the dog leads the way. You never know what you will find. We found this cool teepee fort. I also felt more in tune with Heidi and I thoroughly enjoyed her company. She did great when we saw other dogs and a squirrel. The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees. Thanks for the adventure Miss Heidi!
DISTANCE: 9.26 km DURATION: 59:01
There are so many reasons why Heidi and I had the perfect run today. First off, the temperature was ideal for running. Second, I love running a loop as opposed to an out and back course. Our loop was completed in just a hair under an hour, the absolute perfect length of time for a dog run. While there was no snow on our run we did convince the Barista at Sauce to come fill up the doggy water bowl. And having run Heidi more than a few times now, I think that somewhere around the 9K mark is her perfect distance. Finally, the most obvious point in perfection to this run was the company! Thanks Heidi!! Have a great week! Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 8.14 km DURATION: 1:02:19
Hello Heidi! Are you ready to run? Of course she is. With it being so much warmer this week, I found we didn't get in as many kilometres today. Our pace was slower, and Heidi was more interested in sniffing. Plus, I definitely let her roll around in the quickly disappearing snow, which she so clearly loves to do! Next week, I will have to bring a water bottle to keep her cool. The best thing about today's run was how playful Heidi got when we ran through a green space. She frolicked beside me, picking up a stick, and danced around with it. She made me laugh out loud with her puppy-like behaviour! It capped off another fun run with this girl! Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 10.03 km DURATION: 1:02:12
Hi there Heidi! How ya been? I showed up on my bike today, and she didn't know what to make of that, giving me a few barks about it. Once inside though, I was greeted happily. So we leashed up and went for our run. You'll notice that all of Heidi's pictures today have her looking very pleased in the snow. I had to break it to her that she needs to enjoy it while it lasts, which is thankfully not much longer! The top picture shows her expression of disbelief! Well, it is Calgary so you never know, but just in case it is one of her last snowy runs, she made the most of it, scooping some up in her mouth as she ran, or rolling around, whenever she could convince me to take a break from running. She looked very pleased with the snow angel she made. You are an angel, Heidi. Thanks for the fantastic run! Scoop: one of each.