DISTANCE: 4.65 km DURATION: 57:52
A last minute change of plans meant that I was going to head to Edworthy Park today with 4 dogs (Kenny, Sully, Teddy and Keno). Kenny and Sully are the Yellow Lab brothers and Teddy and Keno are the AARCS Rescue brothers. I am not sure if the expression a band of brothers applies but we had an awesome pack with these 4 boys. The conditions at Edworthy were balmy but kind of mucky. Kenny mainly stuck to my side happily while the other 3 chased and had competitions to see who could find the biggest and best stick. I think Sully wins for his finds today. It is true that sometimes he just pulls down dead branches from trees but still he is quite creative. The other main activity today was "Find the Dog." There were two sets of dog walkers out today who could not find one of their dogs. First was a missing Duck Tolling Retriever named Rupert. Oh, here is comes out of the woods. Found! Next up was a Whippet named Jack who must have got distracted and found another pack. The good news, he was found and returned to his pack. Hurray! I just kept counting to 4 to make sure all the brothers were together. One more note: Sully got a gold star for his good behaviour today. Way to go buddy! The scoop: everyone pooped and peed.
DISTANCE: 4.10 km DURATION: 55:44
Today’s blizzard was far worse than I’d expected! Bexie and I had a challenging bike ride to see our pals again. It was all worth it though, particularly once the four of us arrived at the off-leash area. All three dogs ran around like a group of kids fooling around in the snow! They chased each other and played non-stop the entire way through the park, and back! Even Kenny was involved in the action far more than I am used to seeing! Whenever Sully was all over Kenny, Bex would run in like a referee to break them apart. First, she would bodycheck Sully, and if that didn’t work she would poke her nose into his backside so he would turn his attention from Kenny and chase her instead. Kenny kept egging Sully on so this happened over and over until Kenny was too exhausted to carry on and keep up with his wild younger brother. I saw plenty of powerful body slams between all three dogs. They looked to be having the time of their lives, and all I could do was smile and laugh hysterically! Putting Kenny and Sully back took a lot less effort than getting them out. Sully has become very mouthy with me recently which I don’t remember him doing in the past. Kenny was even joining in with the mouthing today. I quickly realized I could only have one in the laundry room at a time when changing their collars and preparing to leave. I’ll see you both again tomorrow! The scoop: a few pees each, one poo each.
DISTANCE: 6.69 km DURATION: 1:22:26
It felt like one big dog reunion today! Bex and I hadn’t seen Indy in a few weeks and I can’t remember the last time we saw our two favourite white Lab friends, Kenny and Sully! We couldn’t have asked for a better day either. Other than the ice scattered throughout the neighbourhood, there was nothing to complain about today! I started out getting Sully, then headed to pick up Indy. I think Indy’s smile startled Sully at first. When I let Indy out; Sully must have though Indy was snarling at him for a second! I’m surprised he doesn’t know by now that it’s just Indy showing his excitement to see his friends. He really can’t control it! Straight to the off-leash we went so they could play. The snow was deceptive. It felt like you would be able to walk on it, until you suddenly broke through the surface ice layer and fell deep into the snow. It was funny watching this happen to Sully and Indy when they would try to leave the path. Sully did much better with us on the leash after they had their run around the park. We managed to set a steady jogging pace to finish the loop back to swap Sully for Kenny. With the slightly new pack I reversed directions and took a slightly quicker route back to the off-leash area. Every so often Indy would have to give Kenny a quick kiss on the side of his cheek, just to show how much he loved having someone closer to his own age along. We dropped off Indy, and wiped him down as much as possible. By the time we arrived back to drop off Kenny, Bexie was exhausted and ready for another ride in my backpack. I’ll see you guys later this week! The scoop: Kenny had a couple pees and one poo, Sully had a few pees no poo, and Indy had a few pees, no poo as well.
DISTANCE: 5.70 km DURATION: 1:00:14
Kenny and Sully’s energy levels were off the chart today. Coming through the garage to pick them up it sounded like there was 5 dogs barking behind those doors. Serious barking power! Once they were all leashed up, we were on our way. Sully was so excited that he was doing full zig-zags across the sidewalk and Kenny wasn’t walking behind me as he normally does. At one point Sully had just gotten out from a snowbank and he shook so hard that he fell right over. Towards the end of our run the excitement died down, but only a little. The boys were panting and ready to call it a day. At one point, Sully started limping on his back left paw but it seemed to get better shortly after. Overall, a great outing that went smoothly. The scoop: one poo each and many pees.
DISTANCE: 5.59 km DURATION: 59:21
When I first started taking Kenny and Sully, I would always struggle to differentiate the two. Now that I have been walking/running them for about three to four months it is too easy to tell who is who. As most people would notice Sully has lighter fur than Kenny but there are so many personality traits that make them different. Sully can’t simply walk in a straight line because he’s always bouncing from smell to smell. While Kenny doesn’t pull or stop much. Sully would rather run through deep snow than walk on the path while Kenny stays away from the deep snow. All of these different traits make our walks so interesting and amusing. As per usual, we had a great outing on this 2 degree sunny day! We also ran into Ruth, Teddy and Jasper towards the end of our walk and it was not easy for Kenny and Sully to say bye. One poop each and too many pees to count.
DISTANCE: 4.08 km DURATION: 1:16:11
Hey guys!! Nice to see you today. Let’s go outside. It’s a beautiful day! We didn’t waste any time getting ready so we could get out and suck up as much vitamin D as possible. These two always make me laugh. From Sully being such a goof running around, chewing on everything in sight, rolling around in the snow, and just being a crazy pup. To Kenny being frustrated with his brother at times for taking away his sticks and pushing him around. It’s never a dull walk with these two. But what really stands out is the love between these two brothers. You can just feel how much they care about each other. Always together side by side, always watching each other, and learning from each other. They are so sweet! Hope to see you soon Sweet Kenny and Sully. The Scoop: No poop today, but lots of pees.
DISTANCE: 7.11 km DURATION: 1:15:32
Hey Hey Hey, today is Tuesday Run Day with the B B A🐾 Also know as the 'Boyz of Bel-Aire'. So great to see the Boyz! Super Senior Kenny waited with Mom while Sully the Kid and I ran in the California sunshine. Sully, I swear you just keep on getting cuter every time I see you😉. As Sully & I worked on our tan, we ran into another of B B A's. Sir Jasper was taking one of his humans out for a walk and bounced on over for some "Hellos" & cuddles. Something about the Boyz in this neighbourhood, they are soooo cute. 'The Kid' and I finished up and it was time for Kenny to stroll around and bask in the California rays👍. I chatted up a storm to Kenny and he looked up and smiled and he contentedly listened and strolled along with his adoring smile. This is one Super Senior and I think you will have lots of Valentines swooning over you. Enjoy tomorrow 💕. The Doggy Business Report: Both Boyz had a poop each. Kenny had 4 pees and Sully had 2 long pees.
DISTANCE: 5.02 km DURATION: 53:26
I was not suppose to walk Kenny today but when I heard that Sully was away, I thought it would be nice to have Kenny join me on a walk with Jasper who lives in the same neighbourhood. Well, just like not all my human friends like each other, the same is so with my dog friends. Kenny and went to Jasper's house and right away, Jasper let me know that he was not as keen as I was on this idea. All good! So Kenny and I continued on our way. I think Kenny was actually pretty happy to have one-on-one time. As a parent of 3 kids, I know how special this opportunity is for developing our relationship. Kenny and I also crossed over the bridge by Mayfair and scouted out that area. There was lots of time for us to play in the snow. A lot of the sidewalks were cleared. Way to go Calgarians! We did however, have some off-leash areas where we both were getting a workout trudging through the deep snow. The scoop: 1 poo and 5 pees. Thanks again for the one-on-one time Kenny; it was a special treat. I look forward to seeing you with your brother Sully again soon.
DISTANCE: 2.87 km DURATION: 42:04
Going into today’s walk with Kenny I had two concerns. First, being that no sidewalks were shoveled, and the second being I would lose Kenny in the snow. Concern #1 was true and I ended up with some very cold toes, I’m sure Kenny’s paws were cold as well. Concern #2 wasn’t a problem as Kenny was following my steps and staying on the path. We ran into Ruth today and Kenny got so excited, he recognized her instantly! We walked together for a bit but when we had to part ways Kenny did not want to leave, it was like a scene from a movie where two lovers are being separated. After that, Kenny’s energy levels sort of went down and he just seemed sad but I’m glad we were able to get out today! I’m sure Sully would’ve loved to have joined us today, I was surely thinking about him. The scoop: one poo and many pees.
DISTANCE: 6 km DURATION: 1:00:00
Kenny, Sully, and Indy took on River Park. They found new smells, new friends and an array of sticks. Sully the most energetic, spent most of his time tumbling in the snow, breaking branches off trees and hitting everyone with them. Kenny, the teddy bear, spent most of his time smelling, meeting new dogs and looking cute with his tongue hanging out. Indy the cool, calm, and collected, spent most of his time with Kenny but was more focused on keeping up with the pack than Kenny was. He was also looking beautiful as heck. Together, the three amigos were very well behaved. They listened, they were mindful and they were most importantly very, very happy. With only 15 minutes left in their run, the phone died and the run was completed off the grid. Although if you ask Kenny, Sully, Indy or even Owen how much further they went, they will say a kilometre and a half.. Today, River Park was conquered by Bel Aire’s finest. The scoop: one poo for everyone and too many pees to count.
DISTANCE: 4.29 km DURATION: 37:02
I’ve been so excited about the prospect of joining Dog Gone Running and my first assignment was to run with two beautiful Labrador Retrievers. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. So, when I met Kenny & Sully today I was a bit teary. Yes, tears of joy and excitement. Not only did I get to run (my favourite sport), but I got two fun and fabulous companions to join me. After starting off a bit nervous and expecting the Labs to be jumping around with excitement, I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted with perfectly mannered gentlemen, just wagging their tails. As Sully was separated, I decided to take out Kenny first so as I could do a one-on-one "meet & greet". Kenny was like "Okay, let's start off slow". It was -6, but the paths were cleared. Kenny looked a bit serious now and then, although he was also wagging his tail. It may have been a case of "who are you and where is Sully". He seemed to pick up his heels more so on the journey home and enjoyed the snow as it started to fall. Scoop: 1 poo and about 10 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.18 km DURATION: 1:14:09
Kenny had waited patiently for his run today while Sully was out and about without him. In return for his patience, he was going to spend the next hour with the other sweetest older dog in the neighbourhood! I’m sure they have met many times before with how close they live to one another. At the very least, they have been smelling each other's scent now for a long time. It seemed like Kenny knew whose house we were at. I couldn’t get over how cute the pair were walking side by side, at times pressed together beside me on the sidewalk as we marched our way down to the off-leash park. We were forced to cross Elbow a couple times to avoid salty patches. Indy was looking so cool in his coat today. I just bought one for Bexie yesterday that looks very similar so they will be matching on their walk together tomorrow! The two were so well behaved off-leash I knew from the start they would stay near me without having to say a word to either. They met a few playful Labradoodles along the way and even had a brief, friendly wrestle together. Indy couldn’t help expressing his affection for Kenny at times and would lean over to kiss him on the head every so often. A lot of the kissing appeared to be directed at Kenny’s ear, which I know dogs will do sometimes if the other has an ear infection... I didn’t notice any other signs of an infection though, and Indy does often show he likes you by kissing your head so that’s likely all it was! That was a blast, thanks guys! The scoop: both dogs peed at least 5X and Kenny had the only poop.
DISTANCE: 7.02 km DURATION: 1:14:14
This was Teddy's 3rd outing of the morning so I thought he might be tired when he met Kenny for his walk. Kenny definitely was the more energetic doggy so I thought a trip to the river would be in order. This is where the adventure begins as Teddy found two balls in the river and attempted to get both of them. He would get one in his mouth and then would paw the other one further down the river and the current kept getting stronger I was relieved when he miraculously got both balls in his mouth and headed to shore. Kenny and I had to do quite the trek breaking new path and getting pretty wet to make our way to the bank where Teddy had landed. Thanks Kenny for being such a trooper as I retrieved my ball hog dog (Teddy). We headed home and saw DGR dog Indy in his backyard so had to stop to say hi. Indy also was playing with a ball. I guess these retrievers are just wired for fetching and come by their name honestly. The scoop: Kenny had 1 poo and 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.06 km DURATION: 1:09:50
Kenny is such a happy dog, I was very happy with myself that I entered his castle not triggering any alarms. Big smile and wagging tail, he was ready to go... We went down the street to pick up Indy. As soon as we unlocked the gate, Indy was barking..." Come In Come In, Take Me for My Run". Kenny walked into Indy's house like it was his own. We were off to Sandy Beach for a jog and a dip!!! I am glad I am not the only one who gets hot on summer runs. One of these days, I will be in the river with dogs!!! Maybe I have gone to the dogs! Lol!!! We made a new friend named Finn who wanted to join us for our final part of our run. We decided we should take him back to his owner because he would have came the whole way home. Great afternoon guys! Indy had 4 pees, no poo. Kenny had 6 pees, no poo.
DISTANCE: 6.80 km DURATION: 1:09:30
Recently, I was asked where I went for my great tan. I smiled thinking the person expected me to say a tropical holiday and then replied, "the dog park." Today, I reflected on how running dogs can be like a mini vacation. With Indy, Kenny and Teddy, we ventured through a field of butterflies at the start of our walk. Like any good holiday, we also met new acquaintances at the dog park. Our next stop was to the spa (a,k.a. the Bow River) where these 3 dogs plopped in the water for a relaxing time. At the second river spot, 3 other retrieving dogs joined in swimming/water aerobics. There were balls and sticks to fetch so it felt like the entertainment portion of this holiday was being met. One owner commented that it was a "Lab/Retriever Convention." The sun was definitely shining bright and as we ran, a woman passing by also commented that the dogs and me were smiling at the same time. This was definitely a great mini holiday and we have photos capturing our happy times together. The scoop: Kenny had 1 poop and both Indy and Kenny peed at least 6 times.