DISTANCE: 7.28 km DURATION: 58:51
How did I get so lucky to spend time with sweet Juno??!! She really enjoys snow and it makes me happy! On trails, she tries to dig something out of snow and does lots of sniffing, I can see she really enjoys the woods, the wild, and the snow. It is like where she belongs! We enjoyed some uphills and downhills today! We stayed away from icy places to be safe. I love how chill she is around other pups! So well behaved!! The sky was so pretty today as we headed to Edworthy Park! Such a refreshing outing! We got some exercise and connected with nature! 1 poop and 4 pees today!
DISTANCE: 8.08 km . DURATION: 1:05:10
This is a story about how Juno got her groove back. Which Juno? Both! It started with a dog runner, who at the end of her week, on a chilly December morning, was finding herself with legs that felt like tree trunks, rooted to the ground. Juno F was doing her diva thing, lying on the snow, vying for treats every few minutes. Juno N first wanted to stop and play with her buddy. Then she had a very loose poop which took a few minutes for her to pass. A couple sit-downs in the snow, maybe because of a sore tummy? And then her paw was bugging her from either snow, or ice melt. And just when I thought we'd be lucky to get 6K done things started to click and fall into place. My legs were warmed up and ready to run. Juno F realized we were running towards home. And my Juno is not one to get left behind or slow a group down. So we ended up running 8K. Scoop: only pees for Juno F.
DISTANCE: 6.12 km DURATION: 56:21
I had such a great time today with Juno! I think Juno is the best looking pup on snowy trails and paths!! She loves snow. We stopped for some snow digging, branch sniffing, and to time to enjoy all the other treasures in the woods! Her stamina was great today. We both had a blast!! The views of the river and bridges as well as the purple and pink sky were captivating!! We are so lucky to enjoy all this beauty! We did stairs again today and Juno just loved it!! We saw people on fat bikes but I think we were having a lot more fun enjoying the snow under our feet and paws! I can't wait to go out again with sweet Juno!! 1 poop, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.24 km DURATION: 1:01:55
I have been looking forward to my Juno run all week! My Juno gets to run with her on occasion, but that hasn't happened for several weeks. Their greeting was kinda funny. They were both cool as a cucumber. Their tails were wagging, and they had smiles on their faces, but they just circled each other calmly. It was like they were casually saying, "Oh... hey... long time no see..." And then we started our run! Now using the intel Sheri gleaned, I tried to keep myself in between Juno F and grass and snow. But it wouldn't be a Juno run if she didn't lounge ever so elegantly at least a couple times, looking up at me with those gorgeous eyes, longing for a treat. So I obliged. And then, she obligingly went on a 9K run with us! I actually think she liked it! We also got to say "hi" to her fur brother Buck, who has grown so much! Can't wait to run this big guy too! The Scoop: only pees today!
DISTANCE: 8.50 km DURATION: 1:02:44
I've known Juno for almost two years now, and I think I've finally cracked her code. In the past, Juno has loved to flop in the grass and stare at you wondering if you have a piece of liver in your pocket to coax her up. And I always do, and she (mostly) starts moving quickly afterwards. But I was wondering if I always kept myself between Juno and the grass, if she would reluctantly stay on her feet. Today was all about testing that theory. It wasn't a scientific examination but I would say that 75% of the time, I was correct. Keeping myself between Juno and the cushy, comfortable grass as we ran around our neighbourhood yielded exceptional results. And it's not that flops in the grass on Fridays are a bad thing. But my primary job is to exercise and I can't completely shirk my duties. Great experiment, Juno. The scoop: 1 poop, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.66 km DURATION: 1:03:30
Well I must have done something right this week, because Juno rewarded me with an absolutely fantastic run. It wasn't particularly fast, but we just kept a steady step beside each other. Juno didn't find a need to scratch her back in the snow, or take too many sniff breaks. We just kept running. We found ourselves looking more at the horizon or at the shape of trees, because the snow had been clearaed enough so we didn't need to worry about our footfalls. We also lapped back over territory we had already covered a few times as we took right and left turns simply becuase they felt good. I could tell Juno had started to tire as her pull towards home kicked in a little more, but she also didn't argue when I coaxed her onto a different street. Great run today, Juno. Thanks for the reward. The scoop: 1 poop, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.11 km DURATION: 58:37
I was glad that there was not a big layer of snow this morning! Juno wasn't sure about going running until we stepped into our fave park, then we were off to enjoy trails, nature, fresh air, and great exercise! We went to that park with stairs first as it's closest. It's so beautiful there and great climbing! From there Juno wanted to go to Edworthy Park , I love how she knows where she wants to go and knows the way there and back! Very smart!! We saw many people on fat bikes; so fun!!! Juno enjoyed sniffing logs and dry grass along the way! It was such a beautiful morning in both parks! We stayed warm as we kept a good pace. What a special time adoring the magnificence of nature with such a sweet pup!! Lucky us!! 1 poop, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.33 km DURATION: 59:09
Well my run with the Junos this morning marked my last DGR run for the next couple of months as I am embarking on two different trips to Nepal and France starting next week. I’ve ran a lot of different dogs all over the city in the last two years with my time at DGR, but running the Junos in my own neighbourhood has been a constant through all that so it is fitting that this was my last run. Today’s run was just like all our other runs, with the Junos stopping to lay down in the grass or play like always. We went our usual route and our usual distance to cap off the last couple months of our twice weekly runs. Well, I’m going to miss my Juno runs but hopefully I’ll be back running with my two favourite gals when I’m back in March. The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees for Juno F.
DISTANCE: 7.71 km DURATION: 58:26
We had a brisk run this morning, and despite my dismay I am fairly certain that both the Junos with their thick fur coats prefer this cooler weather. After a slow start that included a lot of sniffing as well as the Junos almost taking me off my feet as they pulled at a rabbit, we went off towards our usual route. A highlight of today’s run included us running past my Grade 2 teacher and her dog and Mrs. Warren immediately recognized me (as I did not recognize her). After a quick catching up with my old teacher, we were off again; enjoying the pretty morning sky as we made our way along Sarcee corridor. Funny how seeing old faces makes you take a walk along memory lane... or should I say a run down memory lane? The scoop: 2 poos and 3 pees for Juno F.
DISTANCE: 8.44 km DURATION: 58:41
Hey there Junos! We had a classic fall morning today, with the crunchy leaves beneath our feet, the crisp air blowing gently by us and blue skies and a shining sun. All of these factors made for an ideal dog run this morning. The Junos and I made good time on our usual route; stopping to sniff and play, of course, like always. Both the Junos had smiles plastered on their faces this morning as we went briskly along in the cool air. I’m making the most of these fall weeks before I leave, and the three of us were basking in the ideal weather conditions we’ve been having (cool enough to run while still enjoying the sun). Thanks for the nice morning Junos! The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees for Juno F.
DISTANCE: 7.16 km DURATION: 52:00
Another day, another beautiful morning run for me and the Junos. Now that most of the snow has melted, the three of us have been enjoying the crisp fall air and the bright sun and blue skies as we make our way through our usual route. The Junos were both in a fun and playful mood this morning so as we trotted along we took lots of breaks so they could sniff around and play with each other. We went out fairly quickly, but between all the pit stops we took and having to cut our run a little short so that Juno F's mom could head out for her day, we just had a short and leisurely run this morning. Despite not going too far, the three of us still had a blast. The scoop: 3 pees and no poos for Juno F.
DISTANCE: 8.42 km DURATION: 58:22
The sun is back out in Calgary after a snowbound week, and I was happy to take this sunny day in stride (literally) with The Junos. While me and Juno N. both seemed pleased about the warmth, Juno F. seemed a little unsure of this, and took a couple of opportunities to lay back in the snow so that she could cool off. Despite Juno F.’s initial hesitations, we were able to make a much better pace today without the ice-covered sidewalks, and both The Junos had smiles on their faces and curled-up tails as we jogged along in the sun. A highlight of today’s morning run included a run in with a very excited young dog who broke away from her owner on leash, who was also named Juno! What are the odds of three Juno’s all nose to nose. The scoop: 1 poo and 2 pees for Juno F.
DISTANCE: 7.33 km DURATION: 59:59
Wow, it seems like someone out there is determined that me and The Junos only run on the coldest, snowiest mornings, but The Junos and I made do just like we always do. Thankfully, the sidewalks were not as slick as I had anticipated so we were able to make fairly good time today. Nothing fast, but faster than I had previously thought we would be able to go this morning. The Junos both seemed content with our moderate pace this morning, neither pulling ahead nor dragging behind, so we did our best to keep warm and dry and kept on going through the snow. On days like today, I’m pretty thankful to have two awesome dogs like The Junos to get me outside. The scoop: 1 poo and 2 pees for Juno F.
DISTANCE: 7.31 km DURATION: 57:46
While it wasn’t as snowy as it was on Tuesday, nor was it as cold, today's run came with a brand new set of challenges. Mainly, it was the icy sidewalks and trails, as well as frozen over slush that was leftover on the sidewalks going up Spruce Drive. This made for some slow and treacherous parts in this morning's run, but once we hit the plowed pathway things took a turn for the better. Today, the Junos decided that running was not their main priority. Instead, they were more interested in laying in the snow next to each other, playing and eating treats. So our run this morning was not one of the quickest we’ve been on, but it sure was fun. The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees for Juno F.
DISTANCE: 5.06 km DURATION: 1:01:19
Snowmageddon has hit Calgary as a welcome to October present. The Junos and I faced this snow the best that we could. This meant wearing lots of layers, and trudging along slowly in the deep snow. While I wanted to go out for longer, it quickly became apparent that this was going to be a short run (more of a trudge through the snow than a run really). The Junos seemed happy to frolic and lay down in the deep snow, and Juno F. was in her element as she gracefully trotted along as Juno and I stumbled and slid. We had a nice time at the off-leash, as it was just us and the vast fields of snow; making for quite an scenic and peaceful morning. The scoop: 1 poo and 4 pees for Juno F.