DISTANCE: 8.53 km DURATION: 53:30
Another fantastic run with fantastic weather. Warm and sunny with a hint of light wind. Kahlua and I started off with the 8th Street hill where she took the lead. We maintained a steady pace, and Kahlua didn't stop randomly like she usually does. Today, after I picked up Kahlua's poo, we made our way towards a park so I could dispose of the doo doo. Once we got close, we saw maybe 20 dogs and owners doing what seemed to be a dog training sort of thing. Kahlua started whining, as we walked along, across the street from all of the other pups. I was stuck holding onto the poopy bag for another half kilometre. Luckily, Kahlua is a favourite of mine, so I didn't mind. 1 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.21 km DURATION: 1:03:34
It’s funny who you run into while out enjoying the pathways with other people and canines. We had just passed a small Bulldog and it’s owner (and Kahlua was very good) only to turn around and find DGR Runner Tracy and Zenna behind us! A picture of all of us was contemplated for a few seconds. But both canines agreed they didn’t want their picture taken together 🐶. We continued on just enjoying being outside on such a beautiful day!!! I think the heat even got to Kahlua a little as she put the breaks on mid-way thru and I wasn’t sure if they would be released. Nothing a treat can’t fix! One poop and a few pees today.
DISTANCE: 7.08 km DURATION: 54:05
Kahlua and I started off slow as we made our way up the 8th Street hill. The sun was primarily out and keeping us warm, but occasionally the winds would swoop in and the sun would hide behind the clouds. We went up a few more hills throughout our journey and for some reason, Kahlua was not a fan of them today. Well I mean, is anybody ever happy to run up a hill? A few times she just straight up refused to run, so I'd give her a lot of encouragement and agreed to walk for a little bit. Don't worry, Kahlua next time we'll take the flat route! Great job today girl! 1 poo, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.01 km DURATION: 58:56
Since numerous cups of coffee didn't seem to wake me up this morning, I thought a good run with Kahlua would definitely do the trick. She was excited (as always) to head out, but about 1 km into our run, she started to slow her pace. She was focused on the dry, grassy and leafy patches along the pathways, so we made frequent stops so Kahlua would sniff it out. We toured around the area a bit more and then decided to pop in at home for a quick water break. After Kahlua was fully watered, we hit the pavement again hoping to finish strong, but we kept at our speed walk. I think Kahlua had a bad case of the Mondays, but leisurely strolling through the Lougheed Gardens and parks was just what the doctor ordered! The scoop: 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.04 km DURATION: 52:36
The snow is melting already from yesterday's unwanted snowstorm that brought Calgary back to January. Kahlua and I had a very eventful day today. First off, we ran 9K, YAY. Second, I found a McDonald's coffee cup on the ground which still had a sticker on it. A couple more stickers and I'll get a free coffee. Third, we had a close wildlife encounter. We were running on the river pathway by Safeway and there was a goose ahead. Kahlua spotted it, and it spotted Kahlua. As we got closer, it held its position. I held Kahlua a little closer and as we passed the goose, it let out a hiss. Kahlua wasn't gonna take that so she let out a big woof. The goose retreated. Great job today girl! 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.01 km DURATION: 53:06
It was sunny& warm and chilly & windy all in the same run. We were running against the wind for our first 3.5km and Kahlua had to take a few breaks to sniff all the smells blowing her way. After we turned around, the wind was finally on our backs and we were a little bit warmer. We ran by two dogs today, and both times Kahlua behaved very well. We kept running by them, and she kept her head up like she didn't even notice them. When we got home, we were at about 7.7km so we did a cool down 300m walk until we were at a total of 8km. Great job today Kahlua! 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.11 km DURATION: 59:52
After a challenging weekend, I was so happy to be able to spend time with my pal, Kahlua. It was a beautiful and crisp spring day, and the sun was so warm and inviting. Kahlua was so smiley today (as you can see by all the photos), so snapping photos of her along our run was so much fun. I noticed she had a bit of a tummy-ache though, so we took it slow and added more short breaks to help with her discomfort. She is very good at communicating when she wants to stop and take a breather, so we were constantly focusing on each other's movements. We jogged along the scenic river paths and with that came spring thaw exposure. Kahlua spent a lot of that time sniffing and trotting through the dried grass and leaves - it is literally her favourite thing to do on our runs and I haven't figured out why yet! I hope your tummy feels better soon, Kahlua. See you next time, girl. The scoop: 3 poos, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 11.68 km DURATION: 1:28:52
Happy Friday, Kahlua! Every single time I arrive at her door, she is wagging her tail frantically and smiling ear to ear. It's impossible to have anything but a great run after that greeting! Kahlua and I saw almost every type of terrain this city has to offer: 1. Busy streets of downtown YYC 2. Smooth river pathways 3. Winding nature trails 4. Peaceful residential communities. Her and I were having such a great time taking in the sites that we lost track of time and got a little lost (whoops!). We had to regroup about 7kms out, so we took a break and made a plan to navigate our way back home. She was such a trooper! I think what kept her motivated was the latin music I had playing from my pocket speaker and the dried grass she would munch on as we went along. Needless to say, I think I will let her drive next time. Kahlua definitely earned extra snuggles and treats today...and a very restful weekend! The scoop: 2 poos, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.83 km DURATION: 55:02
Sniff. Sniff. Sniff. We’re not talking the kind of sniff that’s associated with a cold or with sadness. No, it’s not that, we’re talking the kind of sniffs that only a dog can truly appreciate and enjoy. Nose down in the sweet smell of dirt, dead grass, and leftovers from the summer garden that didn’t find their way into the compost. The kind of sniffs that demand attention, pause and contemplation. If you’ve watched a sommelier sniff a fine Cabernet then you understand the focus of attention that such a sniff deserves to truly appreciate the fragrances served up each spring by Mother Earth. And while running was the order of the day, Kahlua made it clear that her preference for this outing was a desire to simply sniff, sniff, sniff. Not really run run run😄 Many many pee stops today and one poop.
DISTANCE: 7.4 km DURATION: 55 minutes
My run with Kahlua today was great! We took it pretty easy and had some fun. My Runkeeper app had some glitches today. Right after I put it in my pocket, it paused our activity. I didn't realize until about 8 minutes into the run. If you look at the map, you can see the straight line from the time and place it paused to the time and place where I resumed it. No, we did not travel straight through any buildings like a ghost. It paused once for once at 2-ish minutes later in the run, so our actual total run time was close to 55 min. I think my overall distance was about 7.4km. Anyways, we saw lots of squirrels, a few ducks, and a couple geese. We ran through some mud, and it snowed for about 10 seconds at one point, but dried of before we got home. 1 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.38 km DURATION:59:02
Another beautiful day with Kahlua! It's always such a treat to run with her, but having the sun out and the warm breeze made it even better. Kahlua was extra cuddly today, so it took some extra pats and treats to get her going. But once I did, she was flying! We hadn't done our hill climbs in a while, so she and I raced up and down the streets of her neighbourhood. That made for a very fun (and tiring warm up). We continued on the path near the river; sightseeing and enjoying the company of other walkers and joggers. Kahlua was super curious during this portion of the run. She particularly liked the long grass and dried sticks that lay strewn near the pavement. We spent a lot of time investigating the grassy parts of the pathways, but still managed to crush out 7 kms in the process. I ran out of treats half-way through, so next time I promise to bring extra. See you next time, K! The scoop: 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.01 km DURATION: 1:17:12
It was a beautiful chilly day for a Spring run with Kahlua! She was ready to spring into action 🤣 as soon as I arrived, but first she wanted to play toss with her stuffy! We made friends with other dogs along the way but those rascally squirrels were just annoying😜. Thank you for a wonderful day of exploring! What’s the scoop: too many pees. I stopped counting and 1 poop! Looking forward to spending more time with you Kahlua 🐶💕.
DISTANCE: 10.16 km . DURATION: 1:14:41
It was the perfect day for a run -- not too warm and the air was so fresh! When I came to pick up Kahlua, she had a friend that also greeted me at the door. A quick call to Ruth and I found out this cute pup's name was Andorra. After meeting Andorra properly with a few pets, Kahlua and I hit the streets. I haven't seen her in a little while, so I was reminded of how great of a running partner she is - always running beside me and focused on the path ahead! We did our usual loop around the river pathway; admiring the moving water, the geese (that are almost as large as Kahlua!) and how little snow there is left on the ground. #YaySpring. I was notified that Andorra also needed some time outside, so we headed back home to pick up our friend. By the time we got back to Kahlua's place, it was about 50 minutes (and 8 kms) later. We picked up Andorra and headed out for another lap around the community. We three worked as a team to navigate the sidewalks and other walkers that were out with their pets. Not once did Kahlua or Andorra bark or feel anxious near other dogs; it was so amazing! We ended the relay by dropping off Kahlua at the 1 hour mark, and Andorra and I went for another lap. We slowly made our way up and down the sloped neighborhood and ended our time at 1:15 hours, with Andorra doing approximately 2.5 kms during our time together. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the relay with these gals and hope to do it again soon! #TeamWork. The scoop (Kahlua): 1 poo, 4 pees.
The scoop (Andorra): 1 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.86 km . DURATION: 55:06
Andorra and Kahlua greeted me at the door with their doggy smiles, friendly barks and wagging tails. Today's walk was a lot of fun. The two girls would nudge each other playfully and they'd always try to smell the same bush or lamppost or tree at the same time. Kahlua barked and tried to chase tons of little vermin today. We saw about 4 squirrels and 1 white rabbit. Andorra wasn't too bothered by the creatures. She just kind of looked at Kahlua like, "what the heck are ya doin?" At the end of the run, I stayed for a couple minutes to pet both pups after I gave them both a wipe-down with the towel. 1 poo each, and many pees each.
DISTANCE: 5.10 km DURATION: 54:13
It was lovely meeting these ladies! I felt rather posh walking with them with their coordinating collars & leashes. So I recommend that this blog be read in a posh English accent. Kahlua played a bit hard to get when it came to getting the harness on but once it was attached, she waited eager by the door. Andorra was lovely all around; happy to have so much fun company. We walked among the beautiful houses and the sunshine. It was going smashingly, so we all continued on together past the 30 minute mark. Kahlua wanted to chase all the squirrels and Andorra barely noticed they were there. They walked alongside each other content to impress the passerbys with their manners and looks. I took them by some of my favourite places when I lived in the area, and I think they enjoyed them just as much! The Scoop: 1 poop each. Kahlua had 6 pees and Andorra had 3.