DISTANCE: 7.05 km DURATION:54:04
Just what I ordered on this Monday afternoon, coffee with a generous dose of Kahlua! The weather forecast wasn't looking promising early this morning, but it couldn't have been better for our run -- sunny and slightly breezy! Kahlua's temperament around other dogs has been so amazing lately. We passed numerous other furry pals -- small, large and EXTRA large -- but she remained focused and calm. The lush, grassy patches were still a bit damp from all of the rain we've been having, so Kahlua preferred to stay on the dry, concrete paths. (She may have been thinking about the clean-up that would happen after we got back - such a good girl!) It was also pretty wild seeing how fast the grass, brush, and trees have grown in the past couple weeks -- Kahlua and I barely recognized our normal route! She, of course, was mostly interested in the grassy snacks along the pedestrian walkways. #GreenThumb. I may need to bring better treats for my gal though, she didn't seem tooooooo impressed with my generic milk bones. I'll be sure to be better stocked next time! The scoop: 1 poo, 2 pees
DISTANCE: 5.43 km DURATION: 1:07:59
So last week’s comments started off the same....weather-related. I think life is testing my mental strength in having my last two dog outings in the pouring rain. It was only kind to worms and birds today. Not even geese were out on the pathways! So Kahlua’s outing was not as exciting as it could have been but she enjoyed the sniffs along the way. By the end, she did look like a drowned rat.. Two towels were used in the drying-off procedure. I hope she was dry enough in the house. Kahlua has 6 pees and one poop today.
DISTANCE: 5.73 km DURATION: 1:17:19
The sun made an appearance so Kahlua and I capitalized on this opportunity to take it nice and easy and enjoy the scenery. I know Kahlua enjoys sniffing and there were so many fragrant places; especially this amazing garden by the home of Kahlua's Black Lab relative (Andorra). We also went near the Repsol Centre and saw so many itty bitty bunnies. This must be a fresh batch of babies. Thanks again for the enjoyable stroll. The Scoop: 2 poops and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.40 km DURATION: 54:02
Kahlua and I started our week off right - the sun was shining and she was up for anything! The homes in her surrounding neighbourhood are decorated so beautifully with flowers and the landscaping is impeccable. As we ran by, we would get a whiff of these fragrant florals. This definitely enticed Kahlua. Dogs have such sensitive noses that even blocks away, she can pick up the scent of grass or flowers and it energizes her pace to seek out what smells so good! We ran by many other furry friends during our jog and she didn't bark or lose focus once. This improvement has been spectacular since I started running with her last summer. Kahlua and I are always learning new traits about each other and today I noticed that she prefers running through quiet residential streets or parks, compared to busy roadways. She probably also prefers the fact that the greenery and sights are much more pleasing to the eye around these areas. With summer well on its way, I look forward to my weekly time with Kahlua! The scoop: 1 poo, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.02 km DURATION: 53:26
Kahlua sped to the door to greet me. Claws skidded on the ground, as she slid to a halt with big smile on her face. We began our run going up the hill and down the slippery Glencoe Stairs. We passed a guy who we've seen before and he was decked head to toe in weights. He had a huge weighted vest that looked like it could've been bulletproof. He has big ankle weights too, and he just walked along like it was nothing. We had a little bit of rain, and a little bit of shine today. I definitely underestimated how warm it was going to get as I popped on a long sleeve and a windbreaker before the run. Even though we weren't going very fast, I was sweating! Kahlua got super energetic at the end of the run because we were right behind a bunny and it wouldn't really run away. It would just hop a few yards in front of us then a few more as we got closer and so on. 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.44 km DURATION: 56:35
Kahlua, and I headed towards Stampede Grounds today. We went by Repsol Centre where the trees welcomed us with some nice shade. The Elbow River flowed steadily beside us, but also gave off a nasty smell like a pile of dried up seaweed and kelp. Kahlua recognized where we were right away and was on the lookout for the bunny rabbits and squirrels that occupy the area. While Kahlua was keeping her eyes peeled for critters on the ground, I was looking up. White fluff floated in the sky. It was like snow, yet slower and definitely not as cold. Once they drifted to the ground, they formed fluff banks where snow banks had resided a few months ago. What a beautiful sight! Kahlua and I did some walking, some running, some stopping, and of course some smiling. Great job girl! 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.02 km DURATION: 55:41
After a stressful Monday morning, the best way to cope is with a run with my pal, Kahlua! Her energy immediately perked me up and I was excited to hit the trail with her. We changed our route and decided to venture through areas we hadn't before - she loved this! New smells, new landmarks and most of all new friends to make along the way. Numerous pedestrians admired Kahlua's lovely coat and commented on how infectious her smile is. I couldn't agree more! Due to the weather being so gorgeous, Kahlua got quite warm from our quick pace. We stopped for a break along the river and enjoyed the breeze that swept off the water. She earned extra treats for posing so nicely for the photos. Kahlua and I really gelled today and we definitely enjoyed each other's company. I'm excited for our run next week! The scoop: 2 poos, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.30 km DURATION: 54:20
The rain didn’t get Kahlua down today. She was overjoyed to get out for a good workout! That sweet girl and I started with a massive hill climb and she led the way. Kahlua has such a uplifting spirit about her and you can’t help but smile any time she runs full on with her head held high and tail wagging. The cooler weather allowed for us to keep at a steady pace without Kahlua overheating, so we didn’t take too many breaks. But we did need to stop for a quick ‘grass salad’ once in a while - the greenery looked too delicious for Kahlua to resist! We did encounter a TON of baby bunnies along our route that piqued Kahlua’s interest big time. She handled herself very well. Even though she was excited, she didn’t bark or lunge at the little critters once. She did a great job focusing on the path ahead! Great run today, girl. Enjoy the weekend ahead! The scoop: 1 poo, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.42 km DURATION: 53:33
I ran as much as I could with Kahlua without making my injury any worse today. The first two kilometres weren't so bad, but then my knee would stiffen up so I had to slow down. Being slow this week hasn't been such a bad thing; I've held my head up more and I've looked around more. I saw the birds in the trees who were exchanging chirps and whistles. I saw flowers of which the name's slip my mind, but the colours stay. Rich blues, soft yellows, gentle pinks, and deep purples. I saw Kahlua who was panting, and sweeping her head side-to-side. Most likely, she was keeping a sharp eye out for squirrels, and yes, as always, we saw many. She wasn't even slightly concerned as we walked past a dead magpie, I guess those are no fun to chase. 1 poo, many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.50 km . DURATION: 55:16
My knee has been a little bit iffy this past week, so I decided to take it easy with Murphy today and heel-strike less on my strides. We headed down the river path today on the other side of the train tracks. There was tons of people out and about, walking and biking. Our journey started out with big clouds blocking out the sun, but things got better once we turned around. The clouds fled south as a bold blue sky scared them away. The sun was freed and warmed our backs with its intense glare. The two of us enjoyed our hike back up the Douglas Fir Trail just as much as our scramble down, because the beauty of the day distracted us from the burn in our legs. Great job today Murphy! 1 poo, many pees.
DISTANCE: 4.44 km DURATION: 55:52
It was my second Black Lab outing of the day! Unfortunately, my right knee hasn't been doing well this past week, and I ran on it on my first outing but by the end I was walking with a stiff leg, so when I went out with Kahlua, I couldn't go very fast at all. Nevertheless, we had an amazing walk, and the two of us had a great time soaking up the sun. We made a big loop with some decent hills, and we even got to walk on a little trail behind the Glencoe Club where Kahlua buried her nose in the tall grass and wild flowers, and peed every 5 steps. She wanted all the dogs in the community to know, that's her spot! Thanks for helping me walk off the pain today Kahlua! 1 poo, many pees.
DISTANCE: 5.03 km DURATION: 59:42
I have run Kahlua enough times to know that sometimes she is camera shy but not today. With the smoky conditions, we just walked briskly and took time to smell things, take photos of sights (a Free Library and chalk art), and capture Kahlua even smiling right at the camera. We even had a dog come chase us from it's home and Kahlua was on her best behaviour. Ironically, this dog is a Doodle named Ginger who is related to DGR Golden Jasper. Thanks Kahlua for such a lovely Friday stroll and photo shoot . The Scoop; 2 poops and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.47 km DURATION: 54:39
Awesome weather fit for another great outing with Kahlua. Although, her black fur is not so forgiving in this weather, as she heated up pretty quickly. Kahlua still remained her happy self with a big doggy smile as we ran. Our first kilometre was pretty quick but after that we slowed down and took necessary walking breaks to help cool down. One time when Kahlua stopped to pee, she started sneaking up on something hidden in the grass. The next thing I knew, the leash was pulled tight as Kahlua went for a stealthy bunny who leaped out of the grass right in front of her. Whew, that was a close one. Great job today Kahlua! Many pees, no poos.
DISTANCE: 6.34 km DURATION: 55:25
Happy Monday, K! Kahlua and I were so lucky to start our week with warm weather and not a cloud in the sky. She had a lot of energy when I picked her up, so I figured we could kick up the pace right off the bat. Kahlua loved it - she ran with her head held high and the sun beaming on her face. We met a lot of other big pups along the trail. Some made Kahlua a little anxious and others she ran by without a care in the world. Most of the time, she is more focused on the beautiful flowers growing alongside the pathways. In particular, she loved the vibrant colours of a patch of tulips we encountered. Towards the last half of our run, she slowed and I could tell she had a tummy-ache. From there, we took our time and made sure to spend a lot of time in the shade. I've learned that if you ask a dog a question, they will find a way to communicate with you. In this case, Kahlua kept her head down, almost pointing to her belly with her nose. Poor girl, I hope you feel better soon! The scoop: 3 poos, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.20 km DURATION: 51:20
Kahlua was thrilled to be outside, but not so much to run. She had a tough time running for long periods of time, so I made sure she got lots of breaks to smell and admire the grass. Nevertheless, I still tried my best to make sure we were actually getting a good workout in. I could tell from Kahlua's panting that yes, indeed we were. Not only was the wind blowing some big storm clouds in our direction, it was also cooling us down fantastically, and of course, blowing familiar summer scents our way. Although we were a couple of slow- pokes today, we managed to loop a tough hill twice in a row. I was thinking about doing it a third time, but the horror in Kahlua's eyes after loop number two told me otherwise. Great job today girl! 1 poo, many pees.