DISTANCE: 6.56 km DURATION: 1:01:26
Good Morning Kamber, it's nice to finally meet you. I knew I was at the right house because I saw the famous orange ball in the window. Kamber's human grandma was there to help with the introductions and also Ruth met me and joined us for a portion of our outing. Kamber took a little bit to warm up to me but when I started to throw her ball, she was liking me much better. 😊🐶 You can see by the photos this sweet pup was all smiles for the rest of our run. This gal was a dream to run and never pulled once. Squirrels and other dogs where of no interest to her, she would look at me and just smile. Happy Thanksgiving Kamber. The Doggy Business Report: 1 & 1.
DISTANCE: 6.02 km DURATION: 1:00:00
I'd say that Kamber should be a model. This pup was very pleasant to take pictures of, as she posed precisely for each one. She had a blast bolting after her beloved orange ball at the park. She would dive deep into the tall grass and disappear for a moment, only to come darting back with her ball secured between her chops and her tongue dangling out. We occasionally restored our energy in the shade of some trees. No we weren't being lazy, we just can't afford to look too tired on camera so we needed our rest. The reason for my stopping/starting of the RunKeeper app in the remaining minutes of the run was because I couldn't rest with the reality of ending our run at 5.9km. Come on, that's just a bad distance to end at and I wouldn't be able to live with myself; I had to get to 6km so we just walked down the block for a few more seconds. In conclusion, Kamber is quite the cutie. 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.51 km DURATION: 1:01:49
It has been awhile since I have had the opportunity to run Kamber so I was pretty excited to see her today. She seemed quite sleepy at the start so I took it quite easy with her. I am Day 2 post half marathon so my legs appreciated her pace. As we turned the corner and took the stretch towards River Park, Kamber was done with the warm-up and wanted to pick up the speed a bit. I know exactly where her mind was going. She was thinking I might throw her orange ball. And, she was 100% correct! Here's the thing, Kamber could fetch all day so I decided to put a cap on the number of tosses (6) in the field up top and 6 in the water down below. I also wanted to make sure her paws were okay so we opted for walking on grass whenever possible. I must say. I love how this switch of energy and joy turns on when Kamber sees her orange ball. It makes me happy! The scoop: 2 poops and 2 pees. Hope to see you again soon sweet gal!
DISTANCE: 6.38 km DURATION: 1:05:30
I was thrilled to see Kams was feeling back to her normal self today! Her Dad was home so I saw the protective side of her come out a bit while I changed my shoes and prepped for our run. However, as soon as we left the house, she immediately returned to the Kammy I’m used to! All she wanted was to get to the park to play with that orange ball! She had some new spunk to her step today and kept up on our jog at a quicker, more consistent pace than usual! I guess those feet must be feeling better! I was given a few tips before leaving from her Dad about how to keep her from going overboard while playing fetch so we worked on that on our way down to the river. It seemed to help and she was enjoying herself just as much as usual! There were plenty of other dogs out fetching at the river today. We didn’t stay long because Kamber kept getting distracted by the one next to us and leaving her ball in the shallow water to look over at it. Couldn’t have asked for a better start to a Monday. Thanks Kams! The scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.94 km DURATION: 1:05:24
It’s always good news finding out Kamber needs a run and that I’m the lucky guy to do it! Today couldn’t have been better for a trip to the river. By the time we made it through the off-leash park playing fetch the entire time, she was in desperate need of a dip in some cold water! Sandy Beach was surprisingly busy for middle of the day on a Monday but Kamber and I managed to find our own spot away from other dogs to use the water. A Black Lab puppy a little ways down desperately wanted to come over and play with Kamber but it’s owner could sense Kamber wasn’t interested. Her sole focus is always on her orange ball! After making our way back up the hill back to the off-leash, I continued to throw the ball for her. I wound up and threw a long ball for her at one point; she ran full tilt for it (like usual) but suddenly stopped and hobble the last ten feet to the ball. I gave her a break from fetch until she seemed ready again. I tried throwing it and saw her limp as she started to move towards it and then stopped. I checked her foot but didn’t notice anything out of place, swollen or cut. She wasn’t limping too much and didn’t seem to be in pain but just to be safe, we headed home and kept to a walking pace. Hopefully, she just overworked herself or bumped her paw on a sharp rock or something and it heals up quick! Great to see you again Kamber! The scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.98 km DURATION: 1:01:16
Kamber and I headed straight for the off-leash park. I could hardly wait to see it dry and free of snow! No longer would I have to dig Kamber's ball from the deep snow whenever she lost track of it! Now the ball continues bouncing when I toss it and makes Kamber sprint even further to catch it. It didn't take long for Kam to play herself out, panting heavily and finding every remaining patch of snow to lay her belly on to cool off. I decided she could use a break at the river now that it's warm enough outside again. She again did really well both times through the park and didn't bark at a single dog. The only dogs she barked at were across the street from us while running on-leash. Even after all her running in the heat and rolling in the dry grass, Kamber was still soaked by the time we made it home and needed a full body wipe-down. See you next time! The scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.08 km DURATION: 1:18:04
It was the first gorgeous day so far this April, and I was fortunate enough to start if off with one of my favourite girls, Kamber! I had a few runs to do today so I decided I’d let Kamber and her orange ball do the majority of the work. We went straight to the off-leash park where there were plenty of other dogs out. Everyone had a smile from ear to ear, happy that it finally felt like spring! Kamber had a blast running through the fresh snow. I threw the ball for her what felt like more than 100 times! She didn’t let up for a minute other than laying down for a short break in the snow once in a while. I couldn’t believe how well she behaved around the other dogs, even when they would run over to steal her ball! We ran into a few other Healers and chatted with their owners. A Healer (or as I’m told they are now called Australian Cattle Dogs) is definitely near the top of my list of dogs to own one day. I think the bright sun was obscuring Kamber’s vision today as she had trouble catching the easy air balls that I tossed up for her. Although I only covered around 5 km, Kamber likely ran close to double that! It would be interesting if I could attach my phone to her somehow and find out! Can’t wait to see you again Kamber! The scoop: 3 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.20 km DURATION: 1:07:32
Kamber was full of smiles today! I was thrilled to hear yesterday that I had another chance to run this sweet girl. I decided we would avoid the off-leash area today even though I love throwing the ball for Kamber. I figured it would be a complete mess of mud, water and ice. Unfortunately, it didn’t really matter where else we chose to go; the slush and ice was unavoidable. Other than that it was a near perfect day for a run! Kamber and I were smiling the entire time, stopping to chat with a couple friendly people along the way curious about what breed Kamber is. I can understand their curiosity... she is such a beautiful, friendly looking dog. I would love a Heeler as my companion one day. They are the perfect size dog, active and full of energy, but laid back at the same time. The only slight downside is how she reacts around other dogs. That’s just a part of her DNA though so you can’t fault her for that. We managed to get a few tosses in with the orange ball before our run was over. See you soon Kam! The Scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 6.73 km. DURATION: 1:02:17
By the time I made it Kamber's, I was covered in dirty slush from biking around all afternoon. The later it became, the more water I had to trek through. It appeared that Kamber and I would be getting wet and dirty today! She was asleep upstairs and completely silent even after calling her for a minute. Suddenly I heard her startle awake and start moving downstairs. She tiptoed to the front until she turned to see me sitting on the bench. She wagged her tail and jogged over to say hello. I couldn't find any of the usual orange balls, but Kamber found me a tennis ball to use. I bet she lost them all! She always loses them in the deep snow, and today was no different. Sometimes it takes a while but I'm always lucky to find it. At one point today, she lost it next to the path; I was digging around for a long time and finally Kamber realized she had kicked it out near the start of our search onto the pathway behind us and not noticed! There was a lot of puddle hopping going on today; some too big to hop clear, especially for Kamber. It took a lot to wipe this girl dry after our run! Great to see you again Kamber! See you soon! The scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 6.10 km DURATION: 1:00:19
Calgary has had a long, cold and snowy past couple of weeks since I was last out with Kamber. Thankfully, it warmed up a ton today just in time for our run! I threw in a couple of booties just in case her feet bothered her in the snow at the off-leash park. Kamber is a lot different than the previous dog I was running today. She likes to take it slow at first, and whenever I try to pick up the pace, I feel some tension from behind. When I look back, Kamber is looking up at me as if to say, “Unless you have an orange ball to chase, I am going to take it easy and save my energy.” Once we reach the park and pass a few other dogs, her excitement usually goes up and our pace increases. Because of the beautiful weather, the off-leash park was packed with dogs. Kamber doesn’t really care about meeting any of them. We just want some open space to play fetch! Unfortunately, today we had to stay where the snow was packed down (and where most of the dogs walk) or else Kamber constantly loses her ball in the snow and I have to
dig around to find it. Most dogs can tell that Kamber isn’t interested in saying "Hi." but the younger, more naive dogs don’t seem to get the hint. I’m never too worried though as I know she is harmless. Most of what she does is just intimidation so the other dogs will leave her and her ball alone. She seems to even enjoy the game she plays with the other dogs. She’ll drop the ball and stand over it, waiting to see if the other dog will make a move for it. If they do, she barks and scares them away; sometimes chasing them for a few feet. Both of us were exhausted by the time we made it back. Walking on ice and snow takes far more effort. Hopefully Calgary will clear up by the next time I visit Kamber. The scoop: 2 pees, 2 poops.
DISTANCE: 5.72 km. DURATION: 1:12:01
Kamber was nowhere to be seen when I entered the house. Everything was moved around and the walls were cleared for some kind of contracting work. I called out for her, looked upstairs and then down. No sign of her! The house was dead quiet and I didn't hear a peep. I stepped outside to make a phone call, and while trying to figure out where she might be, the contractors pulled up and informed me she was upstairs in the bedroom. Makes sense! I'm surprised I didn't hear her at all even after calling her name for awhile! She was thrilled to see me and was anxious to get outside after being stuck in a room out of the contractors way all day. Once we made our down to the Glenmore Athletic Park. I pulled out her orange ball so I could really start to drain Krazy Kamber's energy. That way she would be content to stay in her room until her family made it home. At one point Kamber missed catching the ball and knocked it sideways off the ridge, and down the hill. She had no problem going down to find it but had no clue where to look. I almost thought of forgetting about it until I spotted it part way down. I knew we had plenty more of fetch ahead of us through the off-leash area so we adventured down the slope to rescue Kamber's favourite ball. Like I said, she had no problem with this, but me and my two legs in running shoes had a much tougher time. I'm glad we did though because we ended up having a ton of fun for the next half hour playing fetch the entire way through the park. She would often lay down in the deep snow after fetching her ball, set it down for a second and then dig around unable to find it again. Usually, I would have to go over and dig around through the snow for a minute. You would think with that strong nose she would have a better chance of finding it than me! On our way home, Kamber was panting and didn't want to move faster than a speed walk. She will have no problem sleeping easy for the rest of the day, that's for sure! Great to see you again Kamber! Can't wait until next time! The scoop: 3 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.49 km. DURATION: 1:06:03
I have been really looking forward to this run for a couple of weeks now! I missed my best fetch partner, Kamber! It took her a minute to get off the couch and do her cute trot over to me at the front door, but she remembered me right away and was sweeter than ever. A block from her house we quickly turned back to retrieve her orange ball which I had somehow forgot! Unfortunately, no swimming this time but a visit to the off-leash park will have to do. I was told by one of our other runners, Jaime, that Kamber does really well at the Sandy Beach off-leash parkI decided to give it a try especially because me knee was sore from my previous run. The more I could tire her out with her ball the better! I threw the ball for her non-stop from one end of the park to the other. She didn't slow down for a second, but by the end, she would lay in the snow after retrieving her ball to relax and make me come to her. I kept a close eye on her boots, expecting one to fall off at any moment (which always happens to my dog), but couldn't believe how well they stayed on! She hardly noticed the other dogs around unless they tried to go for her precious ball. She would either bark at them to back off, or else get scared and run away and leave her ball.She was exhausted after leaving the park and was dragging behind me whenever I attempted to jog for a few hundred metres. Lucky for me, I get to visit this awesome girl again in a week! Hopefully the sidewalks and paths will have cleared by then! See you Kamber! The scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 6.93 km DURATION: 1:12:32
After getting in the routine of running Kamber on Fridays for the last month, I was missing our usual game of fetch yesterday. Krazy Kamber has an endless store of energy though and was in need of an extra run this weekend (after already walking 90 minutes this morning!), so I was excited to see her again. The weather turned out to be even better today and other than the lack of green, almost felt like summer again. This meant Kamber and I were off to the river! We found a new spot with a deep, still section of water where she could swim a decent ways for the ball. I figured this would play her out faster, but she did her best to prove me wrong - chasing the ball into the water well over 50 times! I'm sure she would have kept going but I was afraid her limbs or heart would give out mid-swim before giving up! At one point she misplaced the ball in the water and it took off down the river. I wasn't about to get wet so instead I hollered for Kamber's attention, and threw a rock right next to the ball. It worked like a charm and she managed to track it down stream! Couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my Saturday afternoon. 😊Thanks for helping me burn off the cake and beer from last night Kamber! The scoop: 1 poo, 3 pees, and one small puke from getting a burr caught in her throat!
DISTANCE: 8 km DURATION: 1 hour
Once we were out of the house, Kamber and I started running at a good pace sooner than usual. Most likely it was so she could keep warm! It's been dreary these last few days not getting the Vitamin D we've become so accustomed to this summer, so it was nice to see Kamber today whose sweet smile always brightens my day Kamber blended right in with the environment today. If she jumped into a pile of leaves you wouldn't even find her! While playing fetch in the off-leash park, there were a few moments (after jumping over bushes to catch her ball, rather that go around because that's no fun!) that she would find her ball in the tall, dry grass, lay down and make me come find her. She was so well camouflaged, if I hadn't initially seen where she went, there's no way I'd have been able to! Hopefully I see you again soon Kamber! The scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.15 km DURATION: 1:01:52
I arrived with a new orange ball in hand for Kamber. I was determined to get down to the river and enjoy the warm weather while it still lasts! Kamber had other plans though and decided she'd rather smell the fresh air and lay in the fallen leaves. Once I pulled out her ball and tossed it to her a few times she changed her mind, picked up her pace and followed me around the pathway closure by the dam towards the river. She desperately wanted to join in the game of tennis going on at the athletic park but I reminded her where we were headed. We wound our way down the hill, and followed the trails through the brush until we found a nice, calm, wide section of the river. It was perfect because I could toss the ball a long way out and burn lots of energy this way. I thought that this would wear her out quicker... not the case! I threw it non-stop for 15 minutes, but she could have easily gone another hour! Michael Phelps has nothing on this girl! One day when I have more time I will have to count and see how many laps she can do before finally tiring out. See you next week Kamber! The Scoop: 3 pees, 1 poo.