DGR RUN OF THE DAY #3
DISTANCE: 2.9 km DURATION: 43 minutes
Jasper and I had a very warm stroll today. The sun was shining down on us the whole time. The sidewalks were mostly dry; there were a few super icy spots that we had to look out for though. Jasper started out strong, but after a while he needed a couple of breaks. When he took his breaks, he tried to find patches of untouched snow and roll around in them. The snow had crispy top layer to it that made a crunch as Jasper laid down in it. Great job today Jasper. The Scoop: 1 pee.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #5
DISTANCE: 2.3 km DURATION: 42 minutes
Wooooooweeeee, it’s cold out today, but I was bundled up to the max. I stayed warm today by doing butt kicks while moving forward at a walking pace. It worked pretty well and I almost started sweating. Jasper happily led the way to the ridge. He grabbed the leash in his mouth; asking me to play with him, so I we played for a little bit in the snow. Towards the half-way mark, Jasper was showing signs of cold feet, so I tried my my best to lead us on less snowy sidewalks back home. Great job today Jasper! The Scoop: 2 pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY # 2
DISTANCE: 3.4 km; DURATION: 47 minutes
Traffic on the drive over to Jasper's today was sub par, but I was blasting Christmas jams that were playing on the radio and living my best life. Jasper and I headed over to the hospital paths where we went to the second bench and looked out at the mountains. I took it nice and easy with Jasper, and did my best to listen to his requests. Towards the end of our outing, he laid down in the snow to rest. I decided to get a little snowy, so I laid down with him. Let me say this, jeans are not the best at keeping out snow. Great job today Jasper! The Scoop: 2 pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY # 3
DISTANCE: 4.3 km DURATION: 1 hour 3 minutes
Jasper got to meet prospective runner Jane today and this social boy gave her the 2 paws 🐾 of approval! The weather was just right as it was warm enough for me and cold enough for Jasper. I did not have time to pick up my dog Teddy to join in the fun as I was meeting a new dog ( German Short-Haired Pointer) in Bridgeland so I took Jasper to the Rocky Hospital lookout so he could get pet by some folks enjoying their lunch break. Jasper also got time to perfect his snow angels 👼! He truly makes me smile. He did do some stops so he could get a treat. I told him that sometimes he just gets an “Atta Boy” or a head scratch. See you soon sweet guy! The Scoop: 2 poos, 3 pees.
Runners: Ruth and Jane
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #2
DISTANCE: 3.7 km DURATION: 57 minutes
I had coffee with fast moving particles in my hand at the beginning of our walk today. As Jasper and I walked, the temperature made those fast moving coffee particles turn into not-so-fast moving coffee particles. Whenever I took my gloves off to take a picture, the same thing happened to my hand particles. I wanted to take pictures because it was one gorgeous October morning! Jasper and I made our way across the ridge, then we made a detour to throw out my coffee cup (which now had no coffee particles in it), and continued over the bridge towards the hospital. We followed some footprints on a narrow trail that led us close to the water. The sound of the water washing up on the rocky shore was soothing, so we stayed for a little bit. We followed a different trail with an outstanding view leading back up to the path. Great job today Jasper! The Scoop: 2 pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 2.9 km DURATION: 57 minutes
Jasper, Teddy, and I made our way up to the ridge where the sun beamed down on us. Both of my furry friends immediately started rolling around in the grass. I threw a stick for Teddy, while Jasper watched. When Teddy was done playing with the stick, that’s when Jasper picked it up and had his go at chewing it. We took it easy today. At one point, Jasper needed to lay down. Teddy and I joined him. I stared at the clouds that were now covering the sun. They roamed across the sky like a herd of bison. Great job today Jasper! The Scoop: 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.64 km DURATION: 49:20
Jasper and Teddy must have been in holiday mode as they were not keen on running but more excited to roll in the grass and lounge. I get it - it is Stampede and the temps are much warmer. Teddy sported a bandana for Stampede week and Jasper got his photo by the Yahoo signs. The game-plan was slow and easy and all about enjoying the sunshine and some off-leash roaming in the field overlooking the reservoir. Everyone was all smiles! The Scoop: 1 poop each and plenty of pees. It is good to know the boys are well hydrated. Thanks again for reminding me about the lazy days of Summer.
DISTANCE: 6.01 km DURATION: 57:22
Jasper had some pep in his step today which I have not seen for awhile. I wonder if he can smell all the Stampede pancake breakfasts around town. We actually went past one near Brittania before Teddy, Jasper, and I headed down the trail to Sandy Beach. The river is high and fast flowing so we stayed clear of it and opted for the off-leash area where we met a sweet elderly dog with eye cancer. Poor pup! The boys had some stick playing time there. On the way home, Jasper lost his steam and laid down near a bus stop for a good spell. It looked like he was waiting for a bus to go to Stampede. We also met a Berner by Lagree Fitness who Jasper snarled at. I think Jasper does not like dogs that a bigger than him but we were able to scoot by and bee-line to home. The Scoop: pees only for Jasper. Have a nice rest big boy as you earned it today!
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.