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.
DISTANCE: 8.01 km . DURATION: 1:07:02
Oh hello, Dodge and Jersey! It has been a little while since I have seen you both! You looks awesome! It looks like you enjoyed the holidays. Jersey welcomed me with her paws around my neck. This signalled that she was happy to see me!! Today was the perfect day to get out for a run. Sunshine, and temperatures above zero. Hey, we can’t ask for any better than that. There wasn’t much black ice on sidewalks either so we enjoyed some clear paths. Both Dodge and Jersey were eager to run today. They were focused and enjoyed their outing in full. The beginning was a bit on the slow side as the kids had to smell and make a full inventory of who came by and at what time 🤣. Dogs are so funny. I sometimes wonder what it going into their little heads! Poop Scoop: no poop today, Dodge had 2 pees and Jersey had 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.41 km DURATION: 1:12:07
Oh, here you are my friends! Been a while since I saw you last! Jersey went crazy when she saw me open the door. She was literally hugging me; her paws around my neck and talking to me! We didn’t take long to get ready and go. With beautiful weather comes its disadvantages. Today reminded me why I am not a figure skater. 🤣 As we ran in some back alleys, I went for a dive on my bum. The 2 kids were worried about me; wondering what was I doing on the ground. Black ice is everywhere these days and extra caution is a must. So we decided to run the city streets instead. It was much safer although some people go crazy on salt. 😝 Today, we did a nice 7K. It was a nice way to get back in the groove! Today’s Business Report.: Dodge had 3 pees, Jersey had 2 poops and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.12 km DURATION: 1:04:11
It's always such a pleasure to run these 2 amigos! They know me by now and they always show displays of happiness when I arrive. Today was a lovely winter sunny day, not too cold, not too warm. Everyone (including me 🤣) was in a running mood.. We ran right from the get go with not too many breaks. Dodge was having fun running and biting some snow. He is such a playful gentle boy! Jersey was all business. She keeps her mind on the road as well as keeping an eye on me from time to time. We had to be cautious at times as there were some snow-covered ice patches on the sidewalk. Dodge went for his toy as soon as we got back home. 😃 The Poop Scoop: only pees today. Dodge had 3 and Jersey had 4.
Oh hello, my friends! When I walked in the house, Dodge was happy but Jersey went bananas. Apparently, she recognized me and was jumping all over me and giving me kisses! Well, this is how I love to be welcomed anywhere. 😂. Since I am staying with the pups until tomorrow and since I need exercise, we all went for the full hour walk! The weather was sunny and warm. We had to be careful because some of the sidewalks were clear while others were snow. Some sidewalks were icy and others were salted. The last 2 ones weren't our favourite but we were cautious! When we returned home, Dodge went after his red toy. I'm wondering how many of them he has killed this year already 😂 . Both pups are so nice to be around, Dodge is such a gentleman and Jersey knows how to please you. If you want her attention, just whistle... haha.
What a lovely stay at Dodge and Jersey’s home. Last night was hilarious. I wasn’t sure if they were allowed to go downstairs so I closed the gate. Jersey had none of it and managed to join me in my room. Big boy Dodge started crying and barking at anything he saw at the window. The result? He too won.😂 I ended up with Dodge on the bed and he made himself very comfortable, taking 3/4 of the bed and then he started snoring. He is a typical guy, if you know what I mean! 😂 In the end, we all had a good sleep. Since it was cold this morning, I waited a bit before taking them out. We all enjoyed our hour walk and we were back just in time as their mommy walked in only couples minutes later!
Pet Sitter: Fab
DISTANCE: 7.18 km DURATION: 1:01:38
Today, I met Jersey and Dodge for the first time and they showed me all around their part of town. I read up on them in another runner's blog, and I have to say, Leashbeast is an appropriate term! Once they realized that I was their runner and that I had treats, they were off and running! We stayed on leash which was a bit disappointing to them, but we had the canal path to ourselves and had lots of squirrels to chase. They certainly kept me on my toes! I had a great time with these two! Thanks Jersey and Dodge! Jersey had many pees, 2 poops. Dodge had many pees, 1 poop.