DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 5.9 km DURATION: 1 hour
A surprise spring snowstorm was perfect for these girls even if everyone else decided today was a day to stay inside. We got lots of comments from sidewalk shovelers saying 'those are two happy dogs' and they were right! There were no squirrels or birds to chase today but lots of snow bombs from the trees to dodge! One might have only gotten me and not Mira or Nova. They definitely would not have even been bothered. The Scoop: 1 poop, 7 pees for Mira. Nova had 0 poops, 4 pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 10.6 km DURATION: 1 hour 4 minutes
Close to home. With a steady wind blowing south, I decided I didn’t want to go against it… uphill… so we stayed close to home today. Jasper and I used the pedestrian overpass to cross Shaganappi Drive. He was great both times. He just wanted to go faster the first time as we had just gotten started. Lots of turns kept him guessing and it helped slow him down as he realized we weren’t going towards any water. There was a strong and steady pace into and with the wind. We went up and down both sides of residential streets, Jasper and I were two of few other people and/or dogs out today. The Scoop: 1 poop and a bunch of pees.
DISTANCE: 5K DURATION: 42 minutes
This evening I had the pleasure of meeting Jackson who is a mix of wonderful! He is part Heeler, part Collie and part Lab. I took him towards Richmond Green but he seemed to prefer cruising down the neighbourhood streets on this glorious warm evening. He ran like a dream and we were just in cruise control. He did not seem fazed by a bunny who crossed our paths and he did not pull when passing other dogs. He did give me few nudges with his nose towards my treat pocket. but who can blame him. The Scoop: nothing to report as we were too busy cruising.
DISTANCE: 7.55 km DURATION: 55:57
Jack was a lively one today! With another pup still staying at his place, Jackson had spent the morning playing and when I came to pick him up, he was ready off burn off some of his energy. Our workout started out in pure excitement. We were at a gradual pace to enjoy the scenery, but once we hit the grassy parks, Jackson wanted to floor it! He is one fast pup and at one point, we were both running wildly down a hill trying to keep our balance. There was a lot of wildlife out as well. Jackson was very intrigued by some ducks wading in the pond, so much so that he stuck his head through the railings to get a closer look. Luckily, we did not take a swim! #CloseCall I think we may start doing our Wednesday runs mid-morning, Not too hot, not too chilly -- the perfect temperature for Jackson to get his weekly workout in! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DURATION: 7.04 km DURATION: 54:36
Happy Wednesday, Jack! He was so rambunctious when I came to pick him up. He has another pup staying with him at the moment, so that’s causing a lot of excitement in his life. Jackson had a ton of energy today, which I always love! He also had such a paws-itive attitude. Not once did I have to “convince” him to go a certain way. As usual, we had a blast sprinting through parks, dashing through back alleys, and adventuring through new neighbourhoods. The smell of the lilacs and fresh flowers kept us motivated and energized. At one point, Jackson had a dog that was aggressively barking at him, but he stayed remotely calm and did not let out a yelp or bark once. So proud of him! At the end of it all, Jackson lay on the floor in his home panting and attempting to cool down, as he looked up at me with his tired eyes saying, “What an awesome time we had!” The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 7.89 km DURATIION: 1:01:35
Jackson was a big fan of the weather forecast today! His cold-weather physique was embracing the cool chill of the wind and the on-and-off rain fall. Jackson’s mental state has been very good the past two weeks, which is so lovely to see! He was the loving, playful and extra hungry pup I met a year ago. To take advantage of both of our good moods, we challenged ourselves with some inclines and declines. Although the first couple hills were a struggle, by the end, Jack and I were racing each other and spent the next few minutes catching our breath. An amazing thing about Jackson is his sense of smell. An example of this is today he managed to sniff out the tiniest chicken wing bone literally a block away! I thought he wanted to run faster, but in reality he was on the hunt for his next snack. Jack would make a great detective dog! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 6.82 km DURATION: 56:51
It was another beautiful day for a run! Jackson was back to his upbeat self today, so I knew our workout was going to be a good one. Due to the temperature being so warm already, we spent the hour chasing shaded areas. One thing to know about Jack and me is that we always like to play make-believe games during our jogs... it makes it fun for both of us! Today it involved overgrown trees and lawn statues. Frequent breaks were also necessary because Jackson is a cold-weather runner, so his body temperature rises quite quickly and it's a safety thing. To keep him motivated and focused, I would give him a mini treat every time he stopped at a crosswalk, sat when requested, and kept cool when there was another dog in sight. Let's just say Jackson had his fair share of rewards today, he's just such a great pup! The scoop: 0 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 6.22 DURATION: 55:25
Jackson is looking very fashionable these days! To assist with his anxiety, he has started to wear a bandana that is sprayed with Adaptil beforehand. The purpose is to provide calming pheromones while he is out on a walk/run. Not only does he look extra handsome, but it's also helping with his confidence! Jackson was in a chipper mood when I picked him up, so I took him on his favourite route along the creek. The smell of the lilacs were fabulous (and made Jack very hungry). There were bushels of flowers at every turn, so we spent a lot of time taking photos with them and admiring their beauty. Unfortunately, a dog had gotten loose from their owner and charged at Jack. Poor guy, he did his best to stay calm but it caused him some anxiety. After that run in, we had a relaxed pace all the way home... and of course we stopped for treats and pats along the way! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 4.23 km DURATION: 51:22
Nice to see you again, Jack! We were both feeling a bit under the weather, so we took it easy today. Something very important that I learned about Jackson is that he suffers from mental illness. Most wouldn't think that dogs (and animals in general) can feel the same emotional and physical anxiety that people do, but so many do and it's important to acknowledge it. It was one of those days where Jack needed an engaging walk instead of a fast-paced run. Jackson and I strolled through the lush green spaces around his neighbourhood -- that is something that always perks him up. We also took a break and laid in a field of dandelions, where he smiled ear-to-ear. It was very warm out, so we tested out the pet-friendly water bottle. At first, he was a bit sheepish to the idea of it, but I think having it allowed him to exert himself without overheating. I look forward to building our bond even more. You're a very important pup in my life! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 6.73 KM DURATION: 58:25
Jackson and I both agree that it was so lovely to have a break from the rain today! Usually when we head out the door, Jack is in a rush to get our run started. Today, he preferred to show off some of his puppy yoga poses first -- downward-facing dog, child's pose, and compass pose are his go-tos. Jackson's approach to the day was a little more leisurely than usual, so we incorporated some of his favourite things to get his spirits lifted: 1. Bacon and 2. Latin music. Once he had some treats in his belly and music in his ears, it made a world of difference. Before I knew it, Jackson was cruising and we raced to the finish line. It may not have been our furthest distance, but it was nice to stop to smell the dandelions! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 7.30 km DURATION: 1:00:09
It was a warm one today! Jackson and I hit the pavement at our normal time and the sun was beautifully shining on us. At first, we both loved it because it gave us that extra boost of energy we needed. A few kilometers in, we were starting to feel the heat...especially Jack! We all know that Jackson prefers the snow and cold, so we had to improvise to make sure he didn't overheat. Any chance we got, we would duck under the trees and take mini breaks (this is where a water bottle would've came in handy). During our homestretch though, poor Jackson was just too warm to go any further, so he plopped right down on the sidewalk. It only took him a couple minutes before he was up again and we were dashing our way to the finish line! Note to self & Jack: go slow, carry a water bottle and run under sheltered pathways. The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 7.45 km DURATION: 57:54
Rain, rain, go away! Jackson and I started our run with the sun shining. Little did we know that Mother Nature had another plan in store for us. As we were racing each other through an open park, the storm moved in out of nowhere. In a desperate attempt to stay somewhat dry from the rain, we ducked into a mini forested area where we hid out for a good five minutes, though I think Jack was more concerned with the dog treats that were in my pocket. As we waited out the storm, he sat waiting patiently as he stared at my pocket where I keep his treats - smarty pants! We made up for lost time and sprinted back to his place before the hour ran out. My favourite thing about Jackson is how focused he is during our finishing kick. Our 100 metre dash has become a ritual for our weekly runs and I look forward to them each time! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 7.81 km DURATION: 59:55
It's a Thursday dressed up like a Wednesday! Jackson and I have been running together for months now and I've noticed that he really likes to spend a couple minutes together (hugs, pets and even treats) before heading out, so we've started to do that. I truly believe that this is a part of how he and I have grown our strong bond. I also brought new treats today and boy, did Jack like them! They really came in handy when I steered us in the direction of a massive incline. Jack's first reaction was to lay down and look up at me like "are you serious?!" Luckily, the treats were too hard to resist and we charged right up that hill together. Leave it up to Jack to find some of the few remaining snow patches in the neighbourhood. We spent a majority of our breaks laying in the snow, cooling off, and munching on ice crystals. It was a great day all around! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee
DISTANCE: 7.18 km DURATION: 58:53
It was a beautiful morning, with a beautiful pup! Jackson and I had our run earlier in the day, so the air was still crisp and light. I think he was a little confused by me showing up in the morning, so it took a lot of pats and little treats to get him revved up for our run. Jack's business was done when we first left the house, so we spent a lot of our time racing through the park. He much prefers trotting through grass than he does running on a concrete path, so we made sure to get all our fun sprints in when there was a stretch of green surrounding us. I had given Jack a few treats today to keep him motivated and excited throughout our run, but that caused him to be quite thirsty. As we start to see more summer temperatures, I think I will start bringing a water bottle for his breaks - it's important to stay hydrated! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 8.02 km DURATION: 1:00:28
Omg, best day ever! Now let me explain why... When I came to get Jackson today for our weekly Wednesday run, he seemed a little sleepy and not suppppppper keen to exercise. But, when we stepped outside into the beautiful sunshine, his energy changed instantly. He was ready to take on the world! On our route, we encountered some big inclines. (This was by far the funnest part of our day). Jack and I hightailed it up the 14th Street hill; tongues out and legs running wild! We had such a great time encouraging each other to keep moving up that steep slope. When we weren't climbing mountains, we found grassy parks to play in. We made a point of sprinting through them as fast as we could and I've never seen Jackson smile so big! We will definitely be making parks a priority this summer. Have a great long weekend, Jack, you earned it! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.