DISTANCE: 4.88 km DURATION: 58:17
Jasper, Indy and I started off slowly today with a little bit of resistance from the boys, but after our first kilometre we were cruising. It was quite warm out today. The sun was bright but the sky wasn't completely clear. It was as if it were smudged; it was like looking through dirty spectacles. We heard a buzz raining from above as the sun was eclipsed by a light aircraft, and a large shadow loomed over the three of us. We walked past a group of workers at the hospital who were on lunch break and playing catch. Jasper eyed up the baseball being thrown back and forth, but he was more concerned with who he was gonna visit. Target acquired. Jasper led Indy and I over to two women who immediately appreciated the visit and gave lots of attention to the two fluffy studs. Thanks boys, I always enjoy our time together. 0 poos all around. 2 pee Jasper and 1 pee for Indy.
DISTANCE: 4.16km DURATION: 59:37
What a gorgeous day to walk and play by the river! What was even more remarkable was that Indy, Jasper, and Teddy took turns sharing Teddy's orange ball. I have never seen Jasper or Indy get into fetching so that was quite fun. Teddy was a good sport about it! We also took a peek at the Momma Horned Owl and her 4 babies in the nest by the bridge. They have become quite the attraction! The boys also enjoyed a quick swim. The scoop: poops and pees by all!
DISTANCE: 4.29 km DURATION: 57:41
Jasper, Indy, and I headed for the ridge. It wasn't raining at this point but the air was damp. The boys got a little bit of off-leash time there before I clipped Jasper in to avoid confrontation with the dog behind the bubble in the fence. Indy took a poo so we headed for the garbage can. Walking back on our route, Jasper decide he needed to do the same. Back to the garbage can we went. Okay, now we can make our way up to the hospital pathway. The dampness transformed into a drizzle which amplified the smells on the path. The smells of growth and life as the green begins to flow back into the veins of leaves. It's starting to feel a little bit more like spring. By the time, we were back at the ridge, the drizzle came and went. It would turn into a shower for a minute, then calm down, but we made it back home without enduring a downpour. Good job today boys! 1 poo each, many pees.
DISTANCE: 4.32 km DURATION: 1:01:45
Today felt like a good day to take a field trip so I lifted Jasper and Indy into my car and we went to Sandy Beach. Like any good field trip, there was a lot of interesting sights including what looked like a horned owl, crocuses, and ducks. It also seemed like there was a big dog convention happening at the dog park as several dogs were even bigger than Jasper (including the St. Bernard in the photo above). Jasper recently got groomed so I kept him on the leash when we went by the river and he was not too pleased with me. Mild-mannered Indy had some good energy today and even barked at a few dogs. Like most field trips, it ended with tired but happy pups in my car. The scoop: poops and pees by all 3 boys.
DISTANCE: 4.26 km DURATION: 1:10:12
Today, we went for a mother, son, Golden, double chocolate run. When we all got to the ridge, we let the dogs off their leashes. Indy held back with us humans, while Teddy and Jasper adventured around sniffing and peeing where they pleased. Lots of people were out on the paths up by the hospital today. No wonder, that's because it was beautiful outside. The sun was shining brightly, and there was a slight breeze that helped cool off the dogs as their fur coats make them toasty. Once we got to our turn-around point, all dogs were in motion except for Jasper. He laid down in the shade and just wouldn't budge. It took a few minutes, but we finally got back on track. It's been a good day. 1 poo each, many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.87 km DURATION: 1:00:04
Today's outing with Jasper and Indy was all about making friends. The first friend to meet was prospective runner Andrea who clearly fit in the pack right away. We took the boys along the ridge and headed to Rockyview Hospital so social Jasper could do the rounds. Indy was a bit unsure whether he wanted to go that route but a whiff of a treat and a taste or two and he was moving along nicely. Our second set of friends to mingle with were Golden Retriever pup Whiskey and fur sibling George. It was like we had found Jasper's mini me. The owner exclaimed, "is my pup going to get this big?" The Scoop: no poops and a few pees by both of these handsome boys. Thanks for being so friendly!
Written by Ruth
Today new friends were made. I was introduced to Jasper and Indy. These two amigos know how to have a good time and enjoy the gorgeous weather, with rolling in the grass, stopping to smell the flower, and of course, socializing with everyone who crossed their path. The scoop: just a few pees.
Written by Andrea
Runners: Ruth and Andrea
DISTANCE: 3.82 km DURATION: 1:06:03
Well boys, where should we go? The world is our oyster, so they say. And yet Juno and I wanted to make the most of every minute we spent today with Jasper and Indy. So we opted to stay close to home, with the added bonus of avoiding any muddiness that the dog parks were sure to have. The pups did not have a need for speed today. So we went to the green space by Glenmore, and walked leisurely, not once, not twice but three times through! Well leisurely for me, but the dogs took turns running back to the pack from whatever they were sniffing. Looking at the public chalk board going up to the green space, there's always something new that I spy that speaks to me. Today, it was something that was always written there, but I only really noticed today. "In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take." Well on the eve of my last official run with DGR, that brought some solace to me that I'm making the right decision. Jasper and Indy... I'm truly going to miss you boys. I hope I will get to tag along with some future runs of yours. Scoop: all dogs pooped and peed.
DISTANCE: 5.02 km DURATION: 59:30
If anyone asked me what is my favourite part of being an owner of Dog Gone Running, I would have to say (hand or paws) down it is the opportunity to spend time with dogs (like Jasper and Indy). I have know these boys for over 3 years and am so comfortable with them. I have come to expect like today that Jasper will not want to start the walk until he has a small treat. I expect that Indy will arrive to greet me with a panda or stuffed tiger (like today). I also know that when it comes to warmer weather, both pups will seek out the last snowbank to cool-off. We headed to River Park along Elbow and had (as expected) an amazing outing! The Scoop; lots of pees and Indy had 1 poo. Thanks boys for these great expectations!
DISTANCE: 5.62 km . DURATION: 59:33
Today, I met Indy. As I walked up to the house, I could hear him getting excited inside. When I saw him through the glass, he was holding a toy in his mouth while barking. As soon as I opened the door, his tail started wagging and his barking stopped. We set out on our walk/jog and after two laps around the block we decided to venture out of Bel-Aire. I think he’s going to miss winter. He laid down in most of the snowbanks we could find and loved licking the snow. When it was time to turn around and head home. he knew exactly where to go. Thanks for the great time Indy!
DISTANCE: 4.03 km . DURATION: 57:24
While most Calgarians are donning short-sleeved shirts and shorts and celebrating the arrival of these warmer temps, Jasper, Teddy, and Indy are scoping out the nearest snowbank for some relief. These winter pups are not yet acclimated to temps on the plus side so there was lots of rest time in the snow on today's outing. Okay, pokey pups, time to get a move on. Even Indy, who usually stays by my side the whole time was lying down in the snow. There were a few people out and one lady was actually trembling when she saw the dogs even though I had them on their leashes. She doesn't know they are the friendliest bunch in town. The Scoop: poops and pees for all of the dudes. We also tried our best for some towel-down time as I had some slushy puppies.
DISTANCE: 3.03 km DURATION: 58:44
Today I felt bad that I was so happy to hear that one of our runners wasn't feeling well. Don't get me wrong... I don't think I'm a mean-spirited person, and I truly hope Nicola is feeling better soon. But selfishly, I was so happy that I got to spend some time with my favourite Bel-Aire doggos! We were all smiles the whole time! Maybe it was thoughts of Spring being around the corner, or that we were making the most of our time together, but we weren't in a hurry today. Indy especially was happy to hang back, so I hung back with him. He rewarded me by pressing right into me for some snuggles, and giving me that toothy grin of his. Jasper and Juno were equally happy trotting back and forth from their various social interactions, to checking in with me. In any case, it was a wonderful addition to our day to spend it with Jasper and Indy. Scoop: one poop each and a few pees.
DISTANCE: 5.02 km DURATION: 1:02:37
Today felt like a good day to take a field trip so I loaded Teddy, Indy, and Jasper in my car and headed to Sue Higgins Park. The boys thought this was a wonderful idea and right away they started to mingle with some packs of dogs out for their fresh air. Whenever we encountered a pack, I made sure to be super aware of all the group dynamics going on so we could make a quick exit if any of the other dogs got a bit over-excited. Jasper was in his element and loved being social. Indy enjoyed meeting a few smaller dog but stuck close to my side. Teddy was all about chasing but he likes to hang with his crew of boys (Jasper and Indy). Jasper and Teddy played with a stick while I gave some extra TLC to Indy. The Scoop: 2 poops for Jasper and 1 each for Indy and Teddy. The boys also marked everything in sight.
DISTANCE: 3.38 km . DURATION: 1:00:00
Jasper and Indy once again were the welcoming committee for another prospective DGR Runner (Tristan). I love having these doggies show new runners the ropes as they are such good role models. Once we arrived with Jasper at Indy's, Jasper seemed keen to play with Indy's toys instead of running. Indy also had his stuffed Panda in his mouth. Okay, boys let's go enjoy the great outdoors. We did a bit of off-leash and then we leashed them as Indy was not too excited about walking. I redirected him a few times and that did the trick. Tristan and I chatted about dogs and Hawaii ( as we both recently were there). We took Jasper home first to extend the run and then Indy did not want to say goodbye and stalled in the driveway. They are such good friends so maybe he was sad to see him go? The scoop: 1 poop each and several pees. Thanks again boys for being great ambassadors for DGR!
Runners; Ruth and Tristan
DISTANCE: 5.35 km DURATION: 1:22:03
Jasper, Indy, and I enjoyed today's sunny day together. When I came to Jasper's house, he couldn't wait to go out. He was so happy that he could go out to enjoy the day. We stopped by Jasper's friend Indy's house next. They were so happy together. They must be old friends! This was my first time meeting Indy so we took a moment to get acquainted. The weather was amazing with the sun shining brightly. There were several other dogs to meet on today's journey so we did a quick hello and then continued. We took some off-road trails to make it more interesting. Indy had one poo and one pee. Jasper had two pees and no poo.
DISTANCE: 2.66 km DURATION: 1:20:07
This morning Jasper was so excited to take me to meet his bud, Indy! We started out strong, but then Indy realized a stranger was running with him and decided he wasn’t interested anymore. Jasper and Indy did a lot of sniffing and eating treats, but hardly any running after that point. At the end of the day, Indy and Jasper got some fresh air and ate lots of snacks! I also got to meet DGR Owner Ruth who helped me with Indy's tricky door. Indy gave her a big smile! The scoop: 0 poops, 2-3 pees per pup.