DISTANCE: 5.52 km DURATION: 53:36
Juno and I began our run by picking up the other Juno. I knew this would be a challenge. The more I said "Juno", I think the more that both dogs just assumed it was the other Juno I was referring to, so both dogs ended up ignoring me. Great! Good thing they were both so well-behaved. The dogs ran really well together today, and Husky Juno only laid down one time. The dogs even synced strides and were side by side leading the way. Right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot. It was chilly this morning, but I was still sweating. By the end of our adventure, my eyelashes were decorated with frost. I think it's my new look. Juno F.: 1 poo, many pees. Juno N.: 0 poos, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.30 km . DURATION: 1:00:31
The wind and the snow were blowing as I headed out with Juno, Keno, Teddy and prospective runner Erica to show her the DGR ropes. I had loaded the dogs in my car and Teddy and Juno were sharing the front seat nicely when I changed my mind and thought a warm-up walk to Edworthy might be a good idea in this frigid cold. The dogs walked so nicely together to the park and once we got there, we unleashed the hounds. Literally, once we took the dogs off leash they were maniacs running blissfully in the snow and chasing each other. Juno also stole a ball from a Shiba Inu but the owner patiently joined us for awhile on our walk until Juno lost interest in the ball. We also ran into the Russian Blue named Tsar who told me he also is a fan of very cold weather. Icy paws started bothering all 3 pups so we headed back to home. The Scoop: 1 poop and 1 pee for Juno. Teddy had a poo and both Teddy and Keno had a few markings. I gave Juno a big hug goodbye, Tomorrow, your mom is home and I wish I could video that joyful reunion.
DISTANCE: 8.91 km . DURATION: 1:06:42
What do you say about a run when it seems on the surface as if very little happened? Juno and I set off into a slight breeze, and under cloud cover. And to put it bluntly, we just ran. Juno paused only once for a scratch and sniff break, and a few times near the end of our run for a quick drink of snow. She even grew a stylish snow beard as proof. We kept our eyes to the horizon while we kept an eye out for melting snow and slush (and of course, birds and squirrels). So while it seems that little happened, I must emphasize that we zipped around our neighbourhood for almost 9K. On a quiet Monday, that feels like a notable development. Way to crush it, Juno! The scoop: only 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 6.70 km . DURATION: 1:04:03
It's Fri-yay, and I hoped that Juno and I would find a little time for play. And on a cold morning, I think it's ok to balance good work with some healthy care-free fun. And while I believe we achieved that, we spent quite a bit of time picking ice pellets from Juno's toes. A half a kilometre here, a quarter of a kilometre there. We became especially accomplished at extracting snow. We avoided the black slush crossing major roads to the best of our ability as this seemed to make matters instantly worse. And so, we headed off to the dog park where we could find plenty of white fluffy snow to keep the toe-picking to a minimum. We had mixed success, but Juno had a great time zooming with all of the other Doodles in residence. I wish I were fast enough with my phone as two Doodles and Juno all stopped mid-romp to chew out the ice. Juno wasn't the only one suffering from the snow affliction. We took the long way home to round out our run on this chilly Fri-yay. The scoop: 1 poop, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.70 km . DURATION: 58:10
Do you every have those mid-week slumps where you just want to curl up in bed? Well, today was not one of those Wednesdays as I had a TRX class, a strength session, and finally 2 energetic dogs ready to run to keep me going. Teddy and I ran with Juno from her house to Edworthy for some off-leash chasing and stick chewing. On our way, Juno spotted her Aunt Carolyn out with another dog and had to give her a hug. She was not sure if she should continue with Teddy and me or go with Carolyn but we convinced her to join us. At the park, Juno and Teddy sure ran off some steam and I kept a light jog as they darted all over the park saying hello to friends including a dog called a Black Russian (looks like a Giant Schnauzer). I love the action photo where you can only see part of Juno as she was so quick. It was also quite pretty with the hoar frost on the trees. The Scoop: 1 poo and 2 pees for Juno.
DISTANCE: 8.77 km . DURATION: 1:05:34
Look at this happy girl! I pulled up to her door to find her patiently waiting for me. But the second I opened my car door, I could see she was ready to fly. Bark, bark, jump, kiss, lick, wiggle. And I'm also happy to report that we found no injured animals on our run, nor did we need to worry about gaggles of squirrels or birds to tempt my run partner into a sprint. We merely raised our eyes to the horizon and ran. And it turned into one of those runs that quietly ticks away to the sound of a steady breath, and the gentle clicks of Juno's toes on the pavement. There is little to report other than the warm glow of sunshine, and a grateful run partner. What a way to start the week. Thanks, Juno. The scoop: 2 poops, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 8.00 km . DURATION: 1:20:20
Hello Sweet Juno! It is time for Auntie Ruth to spend some time with you while your dad and my husband are back-country skiing and your mom is away. I call myself an aunt because I have know DGR Co-owner Tammy's dog since she first came into their lives. Juno was excited to be reunited with my dog Teddy. They are life-long friends just like Tammy and me. I decided to run the dogs to River Park and then let them roam freely with other dogs. They were both really social and we made new friends as well as saw some old friends including DGR Dog Charley and my friend Marg with her Collies Maisey and Brodie. We then ran home so it was a 2 hour tour as I stopped Runkeeper in the park. This meant I could get in some cuddle-time from tired doggies which is always so much fun. It really felt like a short stay but one that was very joyful.
Pet Sitter/Runner: Ruth
DISTANCE: 8.51 km . DURATION: 1:07:00
I had hoped to write a blog about morning sunshine and inner peace. I had hoped to celebrate the coming weekend with a carefree run. Instead, this is a blog that focuses on birds and squirrels. Early into our outing, Juno and I came across a wounded pigeon directly in our path. I'm sure Juno tried to be uncaring, but her inner instincts were screaming to charge. Let's just say that we spent a bit of time redirecting her attention. And I think that once the idea of a captured bird took root in Juno's mind, we needed to spend the rest of our run reinforcing better solutions. How about a liver treat in exchange for your focus, Juno?? Well, we had mixed success. Who knew so many squirrels like to hide out in hedges and that so many magpies would be lingering about in the Friday sunshine? The good news is that we achieved a reasonable mileage, despite so many tempting distractions. Let's shake it off and celebrate our weekend, Juno. The scoop: no poops, one pee.
DISTANCE: 7.69 km DURATION: 55:25
Today was a run for sisters, as my sister Carolyn joined me and the Junos. And the Junos are pretty much sisters from other misters. They're very compatible and enjoy each other's company. Sometimes, they like to have a little bit of fun with other. Other times, they are just content to be near each other. I told Carolyn I just wanted to do an easy 7K run, and we ended up running that plus a little more. True to form, there was a little bit of stopping on the first half of our run. And then we fell into this "tight formation" as Carolyn put it; where any one of the four of us could reach out a hand (or paw) and touch someone. I tried to take a picture of this but somehow my angle was all wrong and the only face I caught was Juno F, looking like she was photobombing! Thanks for the great run ladies. It was the perfect way to end my week! Scoop: 1 poop and 4-5 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.57 km DURATION: 1:49:39
Hello beautiful! Mona was so happy that I finally arrived she was vibrating😂 So CUTE! The two of us hit the road and headed over to Edworthy Park to partake in some free range fun! My hamstring was under attack and I didn’t want to hold Mona back (poetry). So, I happily followed my friend to make sure the party didn’t get out of control.😜 We slid down the mountain..... I wouldn’t recommend it and slowly climbed back up. Mona and I then left the park to get in a couple of extra km and who do we run into? Tammy! She was going to get Juno so Mona and I had to stick around and party for a wee bit longer.😃 Thanks for your patience today sunshine! Pleasure as always! Thanks to Juno and Tammy for keeping the party going! 1 poo and several pees today. Cheers!😊
DISTANCE: 7.17 km DURATION: 1:00:49
Hey Murphy! You wanna come to the park with us? Of course he did! I love the way Murphy and Juno start their off-leash play. Murphy does this spinning move, while Juno literally jumps back and forth right over Murphy. Throw in a couple of bouts of fast chasing, and we start our runs with a fun bang! Today was a mix of off-leash, trail running, and neighbourhood urban running. It resulted in over 7K and two tired pups. Maybe that's why Murphy was really resistant to going back into his kennel today. Scoop: one poop and two 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: 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: 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.