It is with sadness that I announce the passing of DGR Dog Indy. This 11 year-old Chocolate Flat-Coated Retriever was with Dog Gone Running for several years and even in his senior years, he would greet our runners with a big wide smile and his favourite panda bear stuffie. He was a part of a pack walk with fellow doggies Jasper and Teddy and both these pups will miss veering into his driveway to pick him up. Indy loved the water and would duck his entire head underneath to cool off. He also had a gentle spirit and was a wonderful listener. Run free Indy; you will be missed!
DISTANCE: 4.47 km . DURATION: 59:32
On this soggy 4th of July, I tried to envision past Independence Day on The Mall in Washington DC with big fireworks. I told Teddy and Indy all about the big spectacle and the bands playing (Yup, I am American and Canadian) while we walked in and out of Indy's neighbourhood. The map almost looks like I was trying to create stripes. Speaking of stripes, we did see a painted zebra in one yard. It was a pretty uneventful walk with only a few protesting stops made by Indy. All in all, it was a nice way to spend the noon hour! The Scoop: 3 pees by Indy.
DISTANCE: 2.85 km DURATION: 59:54
I decided on a change of scenery and so we drove to the Brittania ridge and started from there. But the pictures started before that with a profile shot out the window where the wind was blowing on his handsome face! I had taken Indy out some time ago so read up on recent blogs to get a sense of his current walk preferences. Suffice it to say, our walk took us where Indy wanted to go and it was really cool 😎. I hadn’t been on the park pathways that were through the tall grass that brushed Indy’s face. When he stopped, I knew it was because I chose the incorrect path and would have to change my direction lol. Wandering on the big pathway, we came across a fallen tree that crushed part of the fence. There must have been some wind this weekend 💨. Indy had one good poop right by the garbage can. Hurray!, The 2nd poo was not so nice and not as close. He must have had at least 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 1.91 km DURATION: 59:51
Today, I enjoyed another leisurely walk with Indy! We took our time exploring a few new areas I hadn't seen, and enjoying the wonderful weather in a little park near his house. He greeted me with smiles at the door and was very happy to be out and about. There's always lots of activity in his neighbourhood, but some of it was pretty loud so we didn't always go right up and see it. Indy's favourite things today were sniffing in all the yards, watching all the activity from the park, and going inside for water and some play-time with his squeaky duck. My favourite parts were just enjoying the afternoon with him - old dogs are something really special. I hope he had a wonderful hour! Thanks Indy! 2 pees and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 2.46 km. DURATION: 1:02:07
Today I had the pleasure of spending an hour with Indy! This handsome boy was ready to go but quickly realized that it would be a solo run and his enthusiasm definitely went down a notch. That's ok though! Today was Indy's choice with a side of my insistence that we have to at least keep walking! We didn't cover much ground, but the ground that was covered was thoroughly sniffed and marked. We stopped back home at one point to grab a few treats, and then continued our very leisurely tour of Bel-Aire. When he started slowing down even further, we went home and had some very leisurely fetch in his backyard. It's easy to see how athletic he must have been as a young guy! I knew we were done when he fetched the ball and went straight to the door 😂. Fair enough! Thanks for the very relaxing hour Indy! I hope you had a great time! 1 poop and 6-ish pees.
DISTANCE: 3.83 km DURATION: 54:42
It was decently sunny for most of our walk today, but we could see dark skies not too far off - slowly coming in. We headed up to the ridge and we came a cross a spruce tree where a murder of fat crows cawed at each other non-stop. There was a friendly Black Lab that we met at the ridge. Teddy and the Lab chased each other around while Indy observed. We walked up by the hospital where there was a big barbecue going on with lots of people, tables, tents and delicious smelling food. There was even an ice cream truck. We walked on by and turned around after we reached 30 minutes. Indy was excellent today; he didn't drag behind at all or really resist going farther from his house. Good job Indy! 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.04 km DURATION: 54:49
I thought Indy would be a little bit lonely today without Jasper, so I brought Teddy along for the company as well as a bit of motivation. We headed straight up to the ridge which was quite exposed to the sun and boy, it was hot. Teddy rolled around in the warm grass while Indy stuck to the edges of the field where tall trees tried their best to offer some shade. Today, the songs sang by the birds, the chirps of the grasshoppers, and the clinking of the two boys' collars rang more prominently through my ear canals than the whoosh of cars on the road. Maybe I was just in a good mood. Sometimes Indy would disappear for a little bit into the thick bushes. I'd call his name, and see him burst out of them with a smile on his face as he ran towards me. At the very end of the run, Indy found a nice patch of grass to roll around in. Great job today Indy! 1 poo, many pees.
DISTANCE: 3.68 km DURATION: 56:37
I found Jasper in the backyard today but rather than meeting me at the door, he was basking in the sun on the patio. I think this set the tone for our walk today. It was a chill, laidback kind of stroll. The sounds of busy city life were all around us. The sounds of cars zipping down Glenmore with people in them off to complete the next task, and the next task after that and so on. Some engines puttered, some roared, and if you listened closely enough you could almost hear the dialogue within the cars. Passengers conversing, a voice talking into a phone that shouldn't be on, and even the singing from a car karaoke soloist. Indy, Jasper and I were submerged in more simpler conversations: the panting in agreement from both boys. The gentle breeze saying hello. The shriek of a blade of grass when I blew on it between my thumbs and the head tilt and immediate eye contact from both dogs when they heard said shriek. Thanks boys! 1 poo each and many pees.;
DISTANCE: 3.28 km DURATION: 56:03
Jasper, Indy and I had a great walk today. We headed straight to the ridge and I let the boys roam free. I did a few pull-ups in the outdoor gym while Jasper took a poop. The morning sun was warm, but hadn't yet shared it's heat with cool air. Fresh grass still held onto morning dew, and both boys searched for the freshest and sweetest blades. Butterflies fluttered around in the sea of dandelions. As Indy and Jasper moved through this sea with their snouts down, and their tails wagging, seeds from fertilized dandelions flew up in the air and fell slowly like tiny paratroopers. When we were heading back, I we stopped by the chalkboard where the boys took a rest in the shade. Thanks for the great walk today boys! 1 poo each, many pees.
DISTANCE: 3.70 km DURATION: 1 hour
Today, we did a Beat the Heat Run and got Indy and Jasper out earlier than usual. It was ideal conditions for a dog like Jasper who has a permanent winter coat on with his luxurious fur. Teddy joined his buddies and we mainly made use of the green space on the ridge. Indy has slowed dow quite a bit but he always bring his smile along on our outings. He also always tries to bring his Panda but we left that at the back door. The only other excitement was an Australian Shepherd who tried to herd all three dogs. It felt like we were at Stampede watching the Stock Dogs herd the sheep. The Scoop: poops for all boys and plenty of markings!
DISTANCE: 3.78 km DURATION: 54:25
Jasper was waiting for me patiently at the gate in his backyard. He sure was eager to get going. Indy was the same. As we were walking towards his house, he must've seen us through a window because I could his his barks of excitement and he was waiting for us at the door as well with a big Indy smile. I had both dogs off- leash as we walked along the ridge. The wind blew the tall grass making it look like waves in an ocean. It was quite hot up on the ridge, and there wasn't much shade or protection from the sun, so we headed up the path to the hospital. Jasper was thrilled to go up to the hospital because he is a local celebrity there. A few people we ran into knew him by name and looked pleased to see him. Indy also received lots of love. Great job today boys! 1 poo each, many pees.
DISTANCE: 3.30 km DURATION: 52:37
It was a mellow walk today. The heat has begun to turn up, so we stuck to shady areas. We cleared our 3k around the community and back. Jasper lead us most of the walk. He has this route memorized now. Indy pulled up the rear, but was enticed to stay close by for treats. All in all, a nice walk. 1 poo for Indy, many pees for each dog.
DISTANCE: 3.86 km DURATION: 55:09
Jasper, Indy and I headed to the off-leash area where Jasper chewed and chased after some sticks while Indy explored some bushes. After we got enough off-leash time, I took the boys up by the hospital. The pups appreciated that the paths by the hospital were more shaded, and they both found some grass to lay down and cool off in. Bugs are back in business, but today we didn't come across any pesky ones. A beautiful blue butterfly danced around then let us pass. When we sat down on a bench to admire the view of the reservoir, a grasshopper clicked and hopped, as a pollen-covered bumblebee buzzed between dandelions. Thanks for another great time boys! 1 poo each, many pees.
DISTANCE: 4.25 km DURATION: 55:40
A light rain did nothing to deter our three protagonists today. We marched undaunted towards our respective destinies with shine eyes and full hearts. We took a familiar, and yet somehow unfamiliar road chasing fortune's haunting mistress. And by God, if it wasn't the proudest moment of each of our lives. No amount of pain or discomfort could stop us. It was as if we were sailing of the back of an angel whose golden wings were delivering us straight to our future. 10/10 walk. 1 poo each, and a sufficient amount of pees.
DISTANCE: 4.02 km . DURATION: 1:01:48
Theodore was acting like a complete lunatic at home so I decided to bring him along today. We picked up Jasper first as per usual. Then, Indy joined us. Jasper and Teddy were shoulder to shoulder leading the way, while Indy was following closely behind. I felt like I had my own personal bodyguards. Once we got to the park, I let all of the dogs off-leash. Indy watched as the other boys went wild; running and rolling around in the wet grass. When we were finishing up our journey, we ended up stuck on the corner between Indy's house and Jasper's house while I was looking for a garbage to toss a doggie bag. Jasper proceeded to lie down. A few minutes later, I convinced Jasper to get up by taking him home first. Great job today boys! 1 poo for Jasper, 0 poo for Indy and many pees for both boys.