DISTANCE: 3.69 km . DURATION: 56:03
Jasper was energetic this morning! He was so happy to see me and grab some treats when I came to say hello. We headed out on this beautiful day and I let Jasper take the lead. He led me straight to the park in Brittania! Jasper met a few other pups there and posed for a couple of pictures. He was in such a great mood! While leaving the park, Jasper decided he was tired and it was pretty difficult to convince him to head home. He finally decided it was a good idea and we had another great run back down south. The scoop: no poops and a few markings.
DISTANCE: 4.83 km DURATION: 55:25
On today’s walk with Jasper, the sun was shining so bright I could hardly see where I was going. Jasper and I needed sunglasses because the reflection off the snow made it almost impossible to see. We had a great walk today and stayed on our usual loop, but I think next week I will take him to River Park as it’s going to be my last walk with Jasper before I go away. As per usual, Jasper jumped and rolled around in the snow, while also taking a few breaks to catch his breath. I am definitely going to miss this guy and all his little quirks. I am looking forward to our next week's walks! The scoop: no poops, many pees.
DISTANCE: 5.01 km . DURATION: 55:33
It seems like eons since I have seen my buddy Jasper but when I told my dog Teddy we were going to Jasper's house, he perked up. Truth be told, Teddy also is a fan of Jasper's stash of treats. Jasper has not changed from his happy-go-lucky self and we spent most of the time walking off-leash back and forth along the ridge. This gave Jasper and Teddy some time to roll in the snow and play with sticks. I could not have asked for a better mid-week pick-me-up. The Scoop: a few pees only. Thanks again to Jasper's mom for the truffles; they were gone in a flash!
DISTANCE: 5.64 km DURATION: 1:01:48
After about three weeks of having to pull Jasper away from Indy’s driveway every time we walk by, we finally got to take the turn and see our buddy. Indy was extremely excited to see us. He was so excited that he was pretty much smiling. We definitely lucked out with the weather today as well. As we went along our usual loop, it took us a bit longer because I took some extra time to throw a stick around at the park, and warm their paws up every so often. We actually walked quite fast today. The boys are definitely in good shape! Overall, it was great to be outside with these two awesome dogs. The scoop: one poo and three pees.
DISTANCE: 3.20 km DURATION: 52:53
The handsome Jasper and I headed straight for the ridge. For the most part, the ridge was untouched. Fresh snow covered the ground; weightless snow. The kind of snow that falls through gloved fingers like grains of sand. My attempts at making snowballs with this light snow failed miserably. Nevertheless, I still flung my incomplete snowballs up in the air, and then watched Jasper try to catch them. Yes, he'd catch them, or at least parts of them as they would fall back down to the ground in bits and pieces and sometimes as dust. Jasper still tried his best to catch the snowball dust. Today I made sure to bring a few of Jasper's cookies, which I used to distract him from licking his paws on the journey because sometimes the snow in his paws was bugging him. 0 poo, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.01 km . DURATION: 55:41
On today’s walk with Jasper, the weather finally decided to warm up a bit so that meant we could go for our full hour walk. Jasper had a need for speed today and we ended up doing our usual loop five minutes faster than normal. He was on some sort of schedule and had no time to stop other than the couple times he laid down in the snow.. to cool off?? It was such a treat to get outside with my favourite good boy and I’m surely looking forward to next week's adventures. The Scoop: one poo and many pees.
DISTANCE: 5.78 km . DURATION: 57:34
Hi Jasper! Do you have your fur coat on? Oh good, because, it's still on the chillier side today. Oh, and meet Erinn. She is tagging along today to see what being a Dog Gone Runner is all about. You did an excellent job of showing her some things about this job. First, dress for the weather and modify accordingly. We managed to stay out for almost the full hour today, but we did pause to help de-ice your paws. You threw in a couple other pauses just to keep us on our toes, and to show that a pocket full of treats can come in handy. Along those same lines, you showed us that it is up to us to follow your pace for the most part, unless your pauses get a little too long. (We are supposed to be running, after all.) And you posed for some great pics, with that photogenic smile of yours. Thanks Jasper! You were one of my first DGR dogs, and I can always rely on you to show off what a fun job this is! Scoop: one poop and a few pees.
Runners: Tammy and Erinn
DISTANCE: 3.58 km DURATION: 40:23
The story of Jasper and Owen against the cold continues as we set out for an afternoon walk in the neighbourhood. It is surely starting to warm up although this weather is still very hard on Jasper. The cold doesn’t stop him from having a great time in the snow though. Along our walk, he found a massive stick that he carried in his mouth for at least a kilometre. A few times, he would run up behind me and whack me in the back of the legs with it. I think maybe he didn’t realize how big this stick was so I went off and found a smaller one for him to carry around. He didn’t like this one as much and dropped it after only a couple minutes. I’m hoping Thursday is slightly warmer so we can go for the full hour as Jasper's paws got cold again today. The scoop: no poops and many pees.
DISTANCE: 2.80 km . DURATION: 32:15
On this brisk Monday, Jasper and I had a great walk in the neighbourhood. We moved quickly to stay warm and made sure not to stay out for too long. Jasper started the walk off with some rolling around in the snow; being his usual self. About 20 minutes into our walk, the cold caught up to him and we had to wrap it up. There were chunks of snow filling all of the crevasses in his paws and I couldn’t imagine that being too pleasant. I made sure to get all of it out when we made it back to his home and even treated him to some cuddles to help warm up. The scoop: one poo and three pees.
DISTANCE: 4.31 km DURATION: 53:15
The weather on today’s walk with Jasper was a breath of fresh air compared to the last couple of days. It was still quite cold, but better than being able to see your own breath. Jasper was full of energy today and I’m sure he enjoyed the freedom of a mostly off-leash walk. At the ridge, Jasper became good friends with another Golden Retriever named Bevo. For about five minutes while I talked to his owner, Bevo and Jasper chased each other around like no tomorrow. I was told Jasper has an appointment at the vet today, so hopefully that all goes well for him. Looking forward to some more fun next week. The scoop: one poo and two pees.
DISTANCE: 5.70 km DURATION: 51:22
It is a pleasure to meet you Jasper! Today was my first walk ever with this Golden boy, and I was thrilled to see him waiting at the door for my arrival. We knew the walk would be a bit shorter today, considering the conditions, but Jasper and I learned that speed walking was the one thing that would keep us warm. I do not think I have ever walked this quickly in my life! I am not sure if it was the numbness of my lips, or the furry pal by my side that provided the most motivation, but nevertheless we made some distance in our short 50 minutes together. The smell of wood-burning fire places throughout the walk had us reminiscing on warmer days by the campfire. I was worried Jasper may have been getting a bit cold as we headed for home, that is until he began to roll in a fresh mound of snow. You are quite the character Mr. Jasper, keeping me laughing and smiling. Many pees, no poops today. I look forward to our next walk together buddy!
DISTANCE: 3.37 km DURATION: 46:07
When I picked Jasper up today, he was full of energy and was ready to start walking before I could even get his leash on. He was walking so fast that I was having a hard time keeping up with him; Probably just to stay warm. My original plan was to go around our usual loop but I figured it was a better idea to stay close to home in case Jasper got too cold. I’m glad I made this decision because the pads on his paws started freezing; making it hard for him to walk, I decided to end the walk a bit early. Jasper acquired the best snow beard along our walk. He looked much wiser with it. Overall, it was a great walk. I’m looking forward to seeing him again tomorrow. The scoop: no poos and four pees.
DISTANCE: 2.81 km DURATION: 37:13
On today’s walk through the arctic weather, Jasper and I seemed to be the only crazy people outside. I tried to keep my phone in my pocket because I knew it wouldn’t stand a chance against the cold weather, so my apologies for the limited pictures. Jasper was such a joy today and he was all over the place with energy. It was not till the last 5-10 minutes that his paws started to get cold and he started walking a bit funny. We finished our walk with a nice foot dry that Jasper absolutely loved because it was warming his paws up. I’m sure Jasper will be staying inside to get away from the cold for the rest of the day. The scoop: one poo and three pees.
DISTANCE: 4.73 km DURATION: 59:27
When I picked Jasper up for our trip to River Park, he decided he wanted to play a game of tag before getting in my car. I chased him around the front lawn until eventually I got ahold of him. I think me running around trying to catch Jasper would’ve been a great show for the neighbours. Jasper really didn’t want to get in my car at first. He must have thought I was taking him to the vet. However, once we got closer, the excitement kicked in. Jasper made plenty of friends at the dog park, both human and animal, specifically a Poodle that played with him for at least 15 minutes. I had a very hard time getting Jasper to follow me and not this Poodle. Overall, today was a great walk and it always makes my day to get out with Jasper. The scoop: one poo and many pees.
DISTANCE: 5.16 km DURATION: 56:59
On today’s walk with Jasper, every path we walked on was covered in ice so we took our time and walked with caution. It was like the off-leash area on the ridge was a skating rink so I kept Jasper on his leash for the most part. I have been missing Indy and I am sure Jasper has been as well because every time we pass Indy’s house, Jasper wants to go grab him. I think for our walk on Thursday I am going to take Jasper to River Park as we have been staying in the area lately and I know that River Park is one of Jasper's favourite places to walk. The scoop: one poo and three pees.