DISTANCE: 7.15 km . DURATION: 53:23
It was a brisk -7 degrees for our run today! Jackson was very excitable (and a little distracted) when we first started off. He was very curious about some kids tobogganing at a nearby hill and wanted to have some fun of his own. To make up for the fact that we didn't have a sled with us, we took our run off road, traipsed through the snow, and made our tracks. Jackson loved this! His favourite thing to do when the weather is snowy is dip his nose in the ground and fling the flakes in the air. This is a good way of keeping us both entertained. It felt like a winter wonderland running through Confederation Park. We even found some lovely holiday decorations to pose with for our photos. The most surprising part about today was Jackson's finishing kick. For the last two kms, he kicked it into high gear and we increased our pace drastically. This definitely ended our workout on a very high note. Keep warm buddy & see you next time! The Scoop: 0 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.63 km. DURATION: 1:00:58
Hi Jackson, it's nice to meet you. Lucia’s back is out of whack. Would you like to get some sunshine with me?🐾 In about 4 seconds, Jackson sniffed out the pocket that should have a treat for him. Yup, you are a Lab!! I present pictures 1 & 2 as evidence. It took some time for Jackson to feel comfortable with me so we could pick up the pace. He would stop, stare at me, and then when I would kneel down he would run up to me. A fun ( and a little wet) game🐶. Then, Jackson would trot. He did this with such a goofy cadence that you have to smile and join in. Yup, Jackson’s all Lab. Then we had a couple of exuberant Lab Energy Spikes. You may ask, what is that? Only if you have not had the pleasure of a Labradors company. When Jackson caught the whiff of another dog or even a glimpse, he wanted to be right there and nothing was stopping him. He is a strong boy. Yup, he is a Lab! Thank you for joining me today Jackson. The Doggy Business Report: 1 & 1.
DISTANCE: 7.15 km DURATION: 55:51
A great run with J today! He was full of energy and kept a steady pace the entire time (he is definitely getting in good shape). We decided that we would do a campus tour of U of C -- including photo ops at the main entry sign and the Olympic Oval. Jackson is a treat to run with. He is very well-tempered and never startles at animals or passing cars. He wore a new harness today and it definitely motivated him to keep his paws moving. Although we did accomplish a 7km run today, we also took time to roll in any remaining snow patches and to smell grassy patches in the park. Jackson, I look forward to our runs together every week and going on new adventures with you. See you next week, pal! The Scoop: nothing to report.
DISTANCE: 5.77 km DURATION: 53:06
After a long weekend, both Jackson and I were a bit sluggish for our run today. Luckily, Calgary has been having some warmer weather, so the sidewalks weren’t icy and the sun was out! Jackson and I spent a lot of our time jogging though grassy parks (that’s his favourite place to run), and we even had a few “cool- down” breaks rolling in the snow. Jackson is the cutest pup to watch canter through the remaining snow - as he runs full tilt, he will dip his nose in and flick it high in the air! I can sense someone is excited for winter to come. We may not have run as far as last week, but I enjoyed our casual pace looking at wildlife (squirrels), greenery (grassy fields), and exploring a new community. See you again soon for the next leg of the blonde ambition tour! The scoop: 1 pee, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 7.27 km DURATION: 57:48
Jackson was such a treat to run with today! With it being so cold and snowy the past couple days, I was worried about my and his mobility...but trust me when I say this, I think Jackson was more motivated than ever to get outside and exercise. #CabinFever He is definitely getting into great shape! We only stopped a couple times and that was for a quick sniff and photo op. Otherwise, he was cantering through the snow like one of Santa’s reindeer (too soon for Christmas mentions?) I also noticed today that Jackson prefers softer ground beneath his feet - so we usually opted for snowy, grassy patches. He didn’t mind since he often likes to dip his nose in the snow and get a whiff of grass. See you next time, my blonde buddy! The scoop: 0 pee, 0 poo.
DISTANCE: 6.00 km DURATION: 58:01
Happy Halloween Jackson! I just happened to be in your hood running DGR Dog Avi and your runner Kate e-mailed that she is sick so what luck that I get to spend time with you on Halloween. Your mom said you sometimes need some encouragement so she gave me a few treats and this seemed to keep you on the move whether we walked, jogged or ran this morning. I get it Jackson! I teach fitness classes so I can indulge in a treat or two from time to time, She also said you were a bit spooked by some of the Halloween decor so we were lucky that most of our run was spent in the park through fields and in neighbourhoods that forgot that today is Halloween. Jackson was okay taking a photo by the friendly ghosts No scoop to report. Great seeing you Jackson. You are looking trim! Hope our paths cross again soon.
DISTANCE: 6.42 km DURATION: 54:08
This was my first run with Jackson. Not only was the scenery beautiful trotting through Confederation Park, but he was ecstatic to just be outside in this gorgeous weather. Although Jackson is a big boy, he is very gentle and responds well when given commands. As we were making our way down a hill, I lost my footing and fell right on my rear end. Jackson didn't miss a beat! After feeling the tug from his collar, he came right back and sat down beside me. I don't think he was aware that he would have to be the on-site medic today! Jackson may get distracted at times (by squirrels, other dogs, and the occasional litter on the street), but for a majority of our time together he jogged right beside me -- that's what I call a good training partner! I was also excited to meet a new furry friend today. It's helping me to adapt to new personalities, understanding where to take a dog for stress-free exercise, and to appreciate how intuitive animals can be. Happy Wednesday!
DISTANCE: 7.28 km DURATION: 1:00:12
On today’s run with Jackson, there were lots of dogs and birds and squirrels out since it was such a warm day. This meant that Jackson was very distracted and for me it meant I was being pulled in all sorts of directions. This strong fella does not hold back. I was caught off-guard when Jackson saw a squirrel before I did and nearly knocked the wind out of me. After that, our pace slowed down a bit. We recovered and we crossed the road or took a little break every time we saw another dog or flock of birds. The scoop: 1 pee and 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.80 km DURATION: 53:18
Today I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Jackson! Jackson’s mom gave me a great introduction and we were on our way....well sort of. It took a bit of give and shove for Jackson to get going. Nothing a bit of ear scratches and selfies couldn’t cure to pass the time. After he felt comfortable with me, we got into a good pace. In fact, our pace was good enough to race high school kids in their cross country meet in Canmore Park. I think we showed those students who’s boss for a couple of casual runners. Way to go Jackson! The scoop: 1 pee and 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.06 km DURATION: 55:04
For Jackson, snow has no greater purpose than to have a big yellow head shoved in it! We had a blast trying to run (more like bunny hop) our way through knee deep snow, and what a workout! We didn’t get far, but we got tired! And of course we took some awesome pictures too. The scoop, one poo and one pee.
DISTANCE: 5.76 km DURATION: 53:41
I think Jackson and I are becoming fast friends! He was quite happy to see me today and eager to run! We started off pretty good, and Jackson was wanting to run anywhere but the path. About 3k in, Jackson stopped for his 2nd nap break, posed for some pictures, and rolled around in the grass wanting lots of belly rubs. What a photogenic boy! By the end, Jackson only wanted to go in the direction of home, but we definitely made some progress today! Can’t wait to see you next week!
DISTANCE: 5.71 km DURATION: 58:46
It was so nice to meet you Jackson! We had a bit of a slow start. Jackson was much preferring to sit rather than to run, so I had to get creative and dangle some treats in front of his nose, and boy did that get him going! Not only was I running him, but he picked up the leash and started running himself! About halfway through the run, something fell out of a tree onto Jackson’s head, it was a pizza crust! We suspect squirrels had something to do with it, and Jackson wasn’t too happy when I told him he couldn’t eat the pizza crust. Overall, it was a great run! The scoop, 1 pee and 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 4.01 km DURATION: 28:17
How wonderful to meet another lovely Lab athlete! This is Yellow Lab Jackson who will be joining us for weekly runs. He seemed a bit timid at first but quickly produced his blue Octopus toy and responded well to a treat. Once we were outside, he seemed to be in his element and really enjoyed running through the Canmore Park. He grabbed the leash playfully a few times but when offered a stick to chew on instead he happily obliged. He even passed the squirrel test with flying colours. This first run was a home run for Jackson and we can't wait to spend more time with him. The scoop: 1 poop and 1 long pee. He even gave us a Tongues Out Tuesday smile.
Runners: Ruth and Tammy