DISTANCE: 6.95 km DURATION: 59 minutes
Been a long time Jock! Glad I could make the run stimulating at the very least. I'm not sure why he kept looking over his shoulder but it might have had something to do with this whole event when we accidentally cornered a fawn on the bike path. She went down to the river and were okay to keep going as it looked like the deer mom was nearby. Besides that exciting time, we found this nice sandy beach area and Jock looked like he really appreciated taking a dip in the river. I'm so glad we got to have some runs again. Man, you're becoming a great adult pup! The Scoop: nada on both accounts.
DISTANCE: 7.05 km DURATION: 1:00:36
I was sad to hear this would be my last run with this sweetheart of a pup for the rest of the summer! I guess we would have to take advantage of the time together. The rain stopped falling just in time for our run. I was feeling pretty beat from my last run, but Jock never likes to go very fast so I figured my legs would hold up okay. We took a few breaks to walk and sniff around and one stop at the river even though it wasn’t necessary on this chilly afternoon. Jock was hypnotized by a few other people or cyclists going past us. He gazed at them and slowly started drifting towards them until he hit the end of his leash and snaps out of his trance back to focusing on the run. It was really nice meeting Jock’s mom today! I hope Jock has an awesome summer with his family! Bye for now! The scoop: no pees or poos.
DISTANCE: 6.90 km DURATION: 59:23
It was my second Lab of the day, but all Labs are tied for first in my heart. Jock is turning into such a well mannered young pup. We were on the bike trail just to check it out and see where it goes, and Jock was very mindful of bicycles. I think people on skateboards and roller blades confuse him but he was mostly running by me the entire time. While we were out, we also heard some big rustling and Jock spotted a few deer. They must have been able to sense his hunter prowess so they scampered off. By the time we reached a flooded part of the trail, it was time to turn back and we headed home with a little diversion; a drink at the river. I haven't met a Lab yet that doesn't appreciate river access. The Scoop: no poop or pees.
DISTANCE: 6.70 km DURATION: 1:00:11
It had been a week since I'd last seen Jock. At the start of our run, Jock wanted to take his time sniffing. After carrying a big stick full of leaves over to me, he set it down at my feet and gazed up at my for a while until I started giving him some attention. He was very affectionate with me and eventually climbed up to give me a hug and kiss. I was careful of his sharp nails as always. We didn't push ourselves too hard for fear of overheating, and I made sure to stop at the river for Jock to plunge into. I was jealous watching him cool off today. At the off-leash area along the Bow Path we ran into Jock's twin. This dog was identical except that it had a white patch on its chest. It definitely had a more dominant personality than the young and gentle Jock. Thanks for a beautiful run in the sun Jock! See you soon! The scoop: still no pees or poos.
DISTANCE: 6.67 km DURATION: 1:01:36
Another Black Lab today! I think I'm seeing a trend! But Jock is so unique it's hard to call him just another Black Lab. This boy is getting so good at running next to a person; he is incredible and so well mannered. Because it was so hot out, we ran most of our run up and down the river where there was a ton of shade and some places to drink. Jock was a little hesitant to go into the water at first, but after a time. he was really getting into it. I am glad he didn't drag me in though! Lumi found it much too hot to move so I didn't force him anywhere and Jock and I had some down-time in the backyard while we cooled down from the run. Great job buddy, I don't think I'll ever get tired of running with you. Scoop: no poo or pee, I don't know how he does it!
DISTANCE: 6.81 km DURATION: 1:01:57
This is my only run with Jock for this week so we had to take advantage of our time together! I could hear him whining in his crate while I quickly took off my bike gear and buckled the leash to my waist. It’s important to be ready to go before letting Jock out. His excitement before getting outside can make it challenging if you need to lean over for any reason and suddenly get smacked in the head by the clumsy young boy. Not that he means to! My old Labradoodle always did the same thing by accident. We set out toward the river right away to take a dip on this hot morning. I hadn’t run in a few days so we kept a slow and steady warm up pace. Jock doesn’t want to run any faster, especially with the sun beating down on his thick black coat. He was much better today with big vehicles going by; usually he is very weary of them. While running beside the river, he started looking around behind us far more than usual. I kept my eyes peeled since I have heard of a coyote being in this area before. I doubt it would come near Jock and me even if there was one around. Also, there was no Lumi to be seen again today! The water wasn’t working so I couldn’t fill Jock’s bowl so gave him lots of time to drink from the bowl outside before putting him back for the day. Have a good week Jock! The scoop: no pee or poo.
DISTANCE: 6.58 km DURATION: 1:00:12
It felt depressing outside compared to the last time Jock and I were out together. I wasn’t complaining though because the rain wasn’t falling nearly as hard as it could have been. It picked up a bit during our run and by the end Jock definitely needed to be dried off! I must have eaten something bad yesterday because I had some food poisoning when I woke up. Thankfully it left my system in time to do my runs today! I still didn’t feel 100% though so we took it easy. I don’t think Jock minded; He’s more interested in checking out anything that sparks his curious young mind! I swear he has better hearing than most dogs. He is constantly looking around and checking behind us because of the smallest sound he hears off in the distance. Once in a while, he hears a biker or another dog nearby but usually it’s nothing - at least nothing I can see. There wasn’t any sign of Lumi today. He must have been sleeping downstairs or off in someone’s room. I tried calling him but didn’t hear a peep. Enjoy your weekend Jock! The scoop: no pee or poo.
DISTANCE: 6.63 km DURATION: 58:57
When Jock jumped up to give me his usual hello hug, I must not have been prepared and felt his sharp claw scratch down the back of my arm. Ouch! This must have startled Lumi awake who finally came out from around the corner in the hall to bark at whomever was in his home. He soon realized it was me and laid back down for a nap. I settled Jock who could hardly contain his excitement before going outside for our run on this sunny and beautiful afternoon. We headed straight for the river, since I know this is one thing Jock loves, especially on a hot day! I can only imagine if I had a coat as thick and black as Jock's all I'd want to do is swim and drink fresh water all day when it's like this. We met a couple friendly bigger dogs, and ran past a couple yappy small dogs. Jock got a little spooked when a banana bike (that looked more like a bobsled on wheels) passed by us on the path. He is always weary of odd things he doesn't understand and hasn't become comfortable with yet. He is still young though so that's understandable. I topped up his water before putting him back in his crate. I tried to coax Lumi into coming outside for a pee break, but he only made it as far as the kitchen before stopping, turning back around, and hobbling back to his spot in the hall. I guess both Lumi and Jock have strong bladders! The scoop: no pee or poo.
Alright! So the boys, Chester, Jock, and Lumi were pretty chill and happy the entire night, and I had my first experience of puppy snuggles during the night which was as lovely as I thought it was. I kept out of the rooms. It was hard to not appreciate the giant signs, but Lumi stayed in the bedrooms when we weren't outside. The boys got along pretty well and Lumi and Jock kept cool in the shade at the front while Chester slept in the sunny but shaded area in the afternoon. Lumi seemed much more content with sleeping in the front so when we were done with his short walk, Jock came with me for a bit of a longer one around the path until we headed back to check up on everyone else. There was a little bit of rain, but overall, a great day, and Chester didn't escape without his leash once! 😊 This is a major improvement! Thanks for letting me hang out with you!
DISTANCE: 7.26 km DURATION: 1:03:52
Lumi was back at his usual spot today but he recognized me right away and cleared the way for me to get inside. This time I was more prepared and didn’t allow Jock to invade Lumi’s space on our way out and tick him off. We headed for the Bow River pathway where we could stop to cool off in the river. We came upon a lady and her young Shepherd/Pitbull mix that was super friendly with Jock. I was surprised how calm the interaction was between them seeing as how they’re both very young and high energy breeds. Shows how well-tempered they both are. We later ran into a rescue who looked very much like Jock but older and possibly had some Shepherd mixed in. Another pleasant meeting and friendly owner to brighten the day and we were off to finish our jog together. We did a better job keeping our pace today and covered a bit more ground than usual. Jock was happy to lay on the floor to gulp from his water dish while Lumi was outside relaxing under the trampoline and having a pee. I topped up his water before heading out. Have a great weekend Jock and Lumi! The scoop: no pee or poo... again?
DISTANCE: 6.24 km DURATION: 58:51
I was surprised when I opened the back door without any issue today. Lumi wasn’t at his usual spot! I called for him without any answer, but eventually found him laying in a hallway on the cool hardwood floor. I think I startled him for a second but he quickly realized who it was. Jock immediately gave me his usual warm welcome after being released from his crate - standing on his hind legs, wrapping his arms around my neck and giving me a friendly kiss on the cheek. You are too sweet buddy! The first half of our time together was at a fast walking pace. Jock had plenty of time to sniff around, meet a couple dogs behind a fence in their front yard, and gaze curiously at every person going by. A young lady had to stop to say hello. She didn’t even look at me, but made sure to give Jock a good pet. I understand that, sometimes you can’t resist a cute dog like Jock! We picked up our pace for the second half of our run, but had to stop and wait for the fire rescue boat to back into the river since it was blocking the entire path. Lumi didn’t seem to want to move to go outside once Jock and I were home, but at the last minute changed his mind and wandered over to the back door to go out for a quick pee before I had to head out. See you both in a couple days! The scoop: no pee or poo that I saw! Not sure if Jock is just shy, has a strong bladder, or is just really sneaky about doing his business!?
DISTANCE: 6.60 km DURATION: 1:03:32
After letting Jock loose from his crate and receiving a few friendly hugs, I went to the back door to get my shoes back on and the leash on Jock. Lumi wasn’t too pleased with being woken up from his nap and having the crazy young pup invading his space. All of a sudden I heard a growl and saw Lumi bare his teeth a few times. I quickly asserted myself as the boss, settled Jock down and got him out of Lumi’s space. I warned Lumi before proceeding past him with Jock out the door and made sure to keep Jock from doing anything stupid that would get him in trouble. No stops at the river were necessary this time! There was plenty of water all around us and within a minute, Jock and I were soaked. I have plenty of opportunities from sniff breaks and alternated between walking and jogging. Surprisingly, I never saw Jock do any business even after asking him to have a pee numerous times. This young guy must have a bladder of steel! Lumi, on the other hand was happy to get out for a pee break while I dried Jock off. This worked well in preventing any conflict between the two until Jock was back in his crate. See you next week dude! The scoop: no pee or poo (from what I noticed at least).
DISTANCE: 6.54 km DURATION: 1:01:33
I saw the cat who lives with Jock for the first time today! I had been wondering about it since I first ran Jock a couple weeks back. It sat nicely in the kitchen and didn't come close to attempting an escape like I was warned it might. Lumi is starting to get used to me coming and gave me a warm welcome at the door. I would love a big fluffy dog like this to cuddle with and use as a pillow! Jock was super excited to see me and jumped up more than usual giving me lots of kisses. The leash biting wasn't as bad at the beginning this time. He was more focussed on the endless construction happening at every turn, and the constant action of trucks, cyclists, and other dogs and people moving around all over the place. I swear Jock is one of the most curious young dogs I've ever met. I would classify him as the ultimate people watcher. At times I'm not even sure whether he would even go say hello, or just stare at them intently trying to observe every detail. Sometimes this distracts him from the run and I can feel him slightly dragging behind me with his head turned back looking at someone or something off in the distance. We had a few nice bonding moments along the way. I'm positive at this point that Jock doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He is such a sweetheart! Lumi was happy to get outside after we returned home and stood for a minute to let Jock lick his face. I wonder how close these two are? Sometimes older dogs can get annoyed with a younger dog in the house with too much energy. I'm sure Jock can learn a lot from wise old Lumi though. See you in a couple days guys! The scoop: 1 pee, no poo.
DISTANCE: 6.76 km DURATION: 1:00:49
Lumi noticed me coming today and was sitting up at the door to greet me. He didn’t seem to want to move for me to open the door though so I eventually had to slowly push my way through. Sorry big guy I need to get Jock out! There’s no way Lumi would survive outside in this heat for too long with his thick coat! Jock was rambunctious again at the start of our run. I didn’t have a stick with me but he listened well when I told him not to bite the leash. He made a move to playfully bite my leg but one stern NO and a wave of my finger and he backed off giving me the “I’m sorry” look. I’ve dealt with many young dogs that try to do this at the Humane Society and usually a simple no is not as effective as with Jock. I made sure to stay close to the river so Jock could cool off every so often. At one point, we came across a Husky mix all on its own without an owner in sight on the path. I was pretty sure I recognized it from another time running through the area. They had an initial friendly meeting and sniff, but I soon noticed the other dog start to take a dominant posture with young Jock and jumped up to wrap its front paws around him. I quickly stepped in between, snapped my fingers at it, and told it to go find its owner who I then noticed a couple hundred meters away down the path from us. It got the hint and ran off in a hurry. I gave Jock lots of time for a drink once we made it home and let Lumi outside for a pee break before heading off to my next run. Great to see you again Jock! The scoop: 2 pees, no poo.
DISTANCE: 6 km DURATION: 1 hour
Lovely meeting you, Jock. It was such a pleasant run this morning and you are such a joy to run with. We went nice and easy and cleared out 6 km running around the bird sanctuary and out along the train tracks. Unfortunately, my phone died just before we got to our half-way point and I only got one photo. 1 pee.