DGR RUN OF THE DAY # 1
DISTANCE:8.5 km DURATION: 1 hour 8 minutes
Today, new DGR Runner Mark joined me to run Border Collie Jersey and Rhodesian Ridgeback Dodge and they became part of my Day 5 challenge to run 12K's in a row. Jersey really wanted us to stay in pack formation so she was herding us from the get go. I have not run Dodge for some time but boy was he chill. He had that old soul/big teddy bear vibe! The only big excitement for him was when he found a gigantic stick to carry along the way. We found a quiet path along the river valley and then we noticed another keen runner who wanted to join our pack. There was a coyote that ran beside us for a 100 metres or so. Thankfully Dodge and Jersey were oblivious! What a fun way to spend the lunch hour. Both dogs peed but no poos. Hope to see you two again soon! Cheers!
Runners: Ruth and Mark
Jersey and Dodge were awesome! We had a great, though short, time together. Here are a few of the highlights:
Jersey LOVES her Frisbee, as I'm sure you know. We spent quite some time playing with it. She sure is a smart cookie and knows how to keep Dodge from getting it! Dodge and I played a bit of tug o' war with the Frisbee as well, though he doesn't seem to understand he's supposed to try to take it away. Whenever I would let go, he would push the frisbee into my side until I grabbed it again. He also enjoyed getting his ears scratched, I could not resist giving his floppy ears some good scratchin'! I had no idea that Jersey was such a big cuddle buddy! When we headed to bed she splayed herself across my lap and insisted on giving me endless kisses. When it comes to cuddles in bed, Jersey knows no personal space haha! Unless it's from Dodge, of course. These two seemed to refuse to be on the bed with me at the same time. In the morning, we headed out to the green space, Jersey really wanted to play with me but I hadn't brought her ball (rookie mistake!). I definitely made up for it when we got back home though. Dodge was content to run around having his own leash, bucking like a bronco. What a fun time!
DISTANCE: 10.15 km DURATION: 1:09:35
Today I got to see my pals Jersey and Dodge again! I've only ever run them once before, so I was just as excited to see them again. We headed down to the canal because last time I ran them we went there and it was quiet and beautiful. We ended up doing a 5km out and back and enjoyed the calm, warm, (but not hot) weather. Aside from a few leash snarlies and one gopher that insisted on running down the path away from us for 200m, the run went really smoothly. Both Jersey and Dodge were content to run alongside me; checking out the new sights and smells. The hour seemed to just fly by, and before we knew it we had to turn around and head home. It was a great run with these two snugglers - I forgot just how friendly they are! Thanks for the awesome hour doggos! I hope you had a great time! Jersey - 1 poop, 5 pees, Dodge - no poop, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.63 km DURATION: 57:01
To continue our Stampede theme, we were a lot more like the Rodeo clowns today than racing horses! Our average speed was MUCH slower too. I thought it would be great to run to Elliston Park, make a loop around the pond and head back, simple right? Well I got lost many, many, MANY times. I stopped every couple blocks to try to figure out which way to go, Google Maps for sure failed me today! Not only did we stop to find our way but Jersey kept getting tangled in her lead, and then I would get tangled, and then one of them would need to pee, and them my new waist pack would come loose and fall off and then... well you get the picture. Dodge and Jersey were forever the patient and happy running partners though. They didn't seem to mind all the stopping as they would happily smell the grass & stare at squirrels. While we did abort our mission to Elliston (next time for sure!), we still had a grand old time running up and down the streets The Scoop: many pees and 1 poop for Jersey. A few pees and no poops for Dodge.
DISTANCE: 8.17 km DURATION: 57:02
Everyone might be tired of hearing about Stampede and Stampede-themed stuff but I just cannot help myself! These two great pups and I were like racing horse, just made to run! I was more like a chuckwagon but I appreciated the assistance in keeping up with these two. I am SO surprised we only made it 8km! I really thought we were just flying the whole time. It turns out that not only does time go by faster when you are having a good time, but running feels easier too. About 30 minutes in I think, Dodge at least, was finally losing some energy and they let off on the pace a tad. Jersey kept getting tangled in her leash, otherwise I think she would have pulled me the whole time. During our last 5 minutes, I tried to do a final sprint, but we were interrupted by an off-leash dog. Both Dodge and Jersey behaved very well towards this new furry friend! I'm running these beauties again tomorrow. Let's see what we can accomplish then! The scoop: 1 poop each. Both had many pees as well.
DISTANCE: 7.94 km DURATION: 55:55
I knew these two were gonna be good runners, but now I know just HOW good. MAN, did they make me work for them today. It has hot in the baking sun but these two champs seemed unfazed, when I tried to give them water out of my camelback. Dodge seemed horrified, and Jersey indifferent. Fine, more for me! Jersey was grumbling at me as we started walking, I was trying to look at my map to pick a nice route and I think she was losing her patience. She grumbled, spun, and gnawed at her lead until we got a good speed going. We took a few breaks along the way to sit in the shade (and so I could peek at a map!), but other than that it was go go go! They are great on their leashes; running right beside me, and it appears that others agree! An elderly lady riding her scooter on the path gave us a big thumbs up as we passed. We must have look like a solid team! This must be how I got a personal best! The scoop: 7 pees and 1 poop for Jersey, 4 pees for Dodge.
DISTANCE: 8.35 km DURATION: 1:03:12
Happy Friday, Jersey & Dodge! It was our first run together and boy did we have an adventure. I'm sure my first impression wasn't wonderful with these two, but here's why... when I arrived at their home, I went to get the house key out of the lockbox, but soon realized that there were two and I was trying to get into the wrong one. Both pups sat in the window and watched me attempt over and over. They were probably thinking, "what the heck are you doing, lady?!" When all got sorted and after we had a few minutes to meet each other, we got strapped in. Dodge had a bit of a longer leash on, so he led the way. These two run so well together (regardless of their size) and they made it so easy to maneuver our group from path to path. Dodge was really digging the treats I brought with me, so much that when we would pause at a stoplight, he would nuzzle up against my pocket to see if he could break one loose. At first, I thought he was cuddling, but soon figured out he just wanted the goods. Jersey is such a sweetie, I love how any time I would call out "good job" or "keep going", she would look back at me with a huge beaming grim. Her smile is contagious! We did encounter two large dogs on our way back home, but Dodge and Jersey handled it like pros. Neither one was fazed by this surprise and I was so proud of them. They were generously rewarded with pats and a handful of treats when we got back! The Scoop, Jersey had 4 pees, 0 poo. Dodge had 1 pee, 0 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.01 km DURATION: 1:02:18
It was another beautiful sunny day again today. The kiddos loved it and so did I. Today, we took it a bit easier than yesterday as a nasty blister bugged me 😣. Since Dodge wasn’t that comfortable yesterday, I opted to take them out with their regular collars. Dodge loved the idea and he was back to his best self. We made our run fun. I kind of figured out that gophers would be back in the neighbourhood so Dodge and Jersey went out to check out the situation. We didn’t see as many as last summer, but it was fun for sure. We had to keep an eye on where we landed with our feet as rolling an ankle would be an easy task in that field. We truly enjoyed the weather. Jersey had one poop and few pees, Dodge had only 2 long pees.
DISTANCE: 8.43 km DURATION: 1:03:10
Oh my! What a change! The last time I ran with the 2 kiddos, it was probably a -25C degree day! 😜 Today was awesome - sunny and a bit windy. It was perfect conditions for us to run in. I noticed Dodge was a bit stiff at the beginning of the run. Since I know Dodge fairly well, this wasn’t him at his best! Poor baby! We kept going but kept an eye on him. At mid run, Dodge was feeling about the same so I started thinking that maybe his harness was bugging him, so l loosen it up a bit. It was not long after that Dodge was better. Jersey was at her best; welcoming me with big hugs as usual. We all had a nice run and enjoyed the fabulous weather. Jersey had a poop and few pees. Dodge had only few pees.
DISTANCE: 8.46 km DURATION: 1:02:29
Today when I arrived at Dodge and Jersey’s, , I wasn’t sure I was at the right house as I heard no barking inside when I went to retrieve them. I was greeted by the friendliest dogs excited to go outside in the great weather. We started out on dry sidewalk and soon began splashing all over as we ran north. Dodge led and Jersey and I followed. I had to check a couple times to make sure Jersey was still on the leash as I don’t think she pulled a single time, running right by my side the whole time! We took a photo break in one of the remaining piles of snow in a park. As Dodge ate some of it, Jersey rolled around to cool off. I thought about doing the same! Returning home, we passed by a squirrel or two but neither seemed too bothered and we kept on going. One last puddle/lake later and water up to our ankles, we made it back, towelled off, and turned in for the afternoon. The scoop: Jersey: 1 poo, 5 pees. Dodge: 4 pees, no poo.
DISTANCE: 8.01 km . DURATION: 1:10:15
Good morning kiddos! It is always so nice to see those 2 kids. Jersey is THE best hugger ever. She jumps on me and wrap her paws around my neck and put her head on my shoulder and stays there. And Dodge is the best gentleman I get to run (please don’t tell the other doggies I run 🤣) . After we got those harness on, out we went. The kiddos were on the go right away. We had to be very careful though as nice weather means black ice here and there. Although we had 8km on our mind, we had to be smart about it. We ended up walking on many icy patches, and going slow was the best way to go. Dodge and Jersey really enjoyed their run. They took their time to lay in the snow and take a big bite out of it to refresh themselves. At the end, Dodge displayed his happiness but flying a few times around the yard. It was so funny to watch him. Dodge had a poop and few pees. Jersey had only a few mini-pees.
DISTANCE: 7.10 km . DURATION: 58:21
It was a much nicer day for our run than last week, and my knees were feeling better from a day's rest. Jersey was the main greeter this time; wrapping her arms around my waist for an long hug as she gazed into my eyes. Both were anxious to get outside. I understood why as I stood waiting for what felt like a minute for Dodge to finish his business right as we started our run. Then he was a happy boy, jumping around like a giddy puppy. It’s like watching a giant body builder jump around like a five year old blowing out candles at their birthday party. Both dogs were amazing to run with again! We started at a really fast pace, and then eased into a reasonable jog. There was a ton to sniff. This time of year with the old snow always seems to have endless pee spots to check out and these dogs love to sniff and mark (especially Jersey). Jersey almost caught a squirrel in front of her house that didn’t move away until she was a couple feet from it! Great to see these two again! The scoop: couple pees for Dodge, many pees and a poo for Jersey.
DISTANCE: 7.37 km . DURATION: 55:06
I found out this morning that it has been a year almost to the day since I last saw Jersey and Dodge. I’m pretty sure the weather was very much the same last time as well! They were super welcoming, and acted like they remembered me! Dodge made it difficult for me to change my shoes as he kept giving me big sloppy kisses whenever I leaned down. I was happy my legs were feeling better today and I was able to run for the most part. I can’t believe how well these two big dogs run together! They pulled me along like sled dogs at the start so all I had to do was hop from one foot to the other and direct them when we needed to stop or turn. Jersey was giving me her usual growl every so often and I found ignoring her to be the best solution. Sorry for the lack of pics! I was afraid my phone would die as soon as I pulled it out in the freezing air! Sure enough it died as soon as we walked back inside and I pulled it out to snap a picture! The scoop: a few pees and a poo each.
DISTANCE: 9.00 km . DURATION: 1:14:38
It was so nice to see Dodge and Jersey today. They always welcome me with big hugs. They were eager to go as usual. We stayed on the sidewalks but some of it looked like more like a Spartan course. We jumped over snowbanks and over slushy areas. The kiddos enjoyed it. The weather were awesome. It got warm fairly quickly, which reminds me that I should take some water with me now that the temperature is warmer The kiddos did awesome and were so focused. They got many compliments from people as we passed by. We were so focused that we ended up going a bit further then planned.. 👏 I made sure the kids had enough water before leaving their home. Jersey had one poop and few pees, Dodge had only some pees.
DISTANCE: 7.90 km DURATION: 1:08:58
Oh hello, my friends!! Been a while since seeing you and today was the perfect day for it. With warmer weather, we all were excited to get out. Dodge and Jersey have a new harness now, so we took the time to figure out how to put it on and out we went. Looks like their neighbourhood has been hit with more snow than anywhere else in Calgary. So there were a lot of snowbanks everywhere. We tried to stay away from those snowy areas and stayed on drier sidewalks if we could. Kiddos were in great spirits. I had to laugh at Dodge as he jumped aside as he was surprised by a stuffed horse in one of those snowbanks. Dodge, are you not supposed to be one of those who kills the lions in South Africa?? 🤣 Those 2 are so sweet! Dodge and Jersey had no poop to report, and only few pees each.