DISTANCE: 6.60 km. DURATION: 1:01:03
Great to see you again, Marley! I haven't seen this big lovable guy in at least a month and I was eager to give him a big hug and scratch. Marley gleefully obliged and somehow a great deal of his furry coat managed to find its way into my mouth. Dog running hazards, I guess. After our reunion Marley and I set off to see what has changed in North Glenmore. We found a perfectly peaceful park with gorgeous views of the reservoir and the sun. Construction work has taken a significant dip and that left Marley and me completely alone. So I took an opportunity to talk out loud with my run partner, not fearing worried looks from passing walkers. Marley seemed to follow the conversation, looking over at me when I asked him questions about how his family was doing (or did he smell the liver treat in my pocket?) Regardless, we did a good job of keeping company with each other on a chilly but bright Friday. A perfect way to start a weekend. The scoop: 1 poop, 8 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.47 km DURATION: 1:39:31
It’s always a treat when I get to visit with Marley; he’s such a sweetie.😊 The two of us were quite the pair this morning. Marley had a limp and my back was out. We may have been on the slow side today but that didn’t stop the party!😆 We hit the trails running (no) they were icy. My friend was doing much better than I was, old lady shuffle here I come! You know it, we’ve all done it before!😂 Anyways, we explored the upper trails and then hit some lower ones; it was nice. Not many people out this early as it was a little chilly. By the time we got close to home, the neighbourhood was alive and Marley found a couple of friends to play with.😁 Thanks for a delightful morning jaunt Marley! Good to see you again! 1 poo and several pees. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 8.17 km DURATION: 1:07:40
Hi Big M........I’m back!!! It was brilliant to see Marley and meet his humans. Marley was pretty happy to get out for a zip around. Today can totally be summed up as ’Party Friday’. Off to River Park we went. This was where all the action for doggies was happening. Marley was smitten with Stella, an 11-month old Bernese Mountain Dog. She chased him like mad. Marley was ’trying’ to play it cool and hard to get. I see you laying on the charm pretty heavy there Marley. Then a 1-year old Golden Lab ran and chased Marley. They played hard together, just like boys🐾. Before we left, a wee young-one had to see Marley. Look how this 4-month old Black Lab is being guarded by Big M, the gentle giant. Marley you are just the best!! Hey Hey, it also was over an 8K Day👍. The Doggy Business Report: 2 poops, 8 pees, 3 lie down breaks, and many forehead kisses given to Marley by Michelle (me).
DISTANCE: 6.43 km DURATION: 1:04:23
Whoever complains about winter just needs to spend a morning out in the snow with Marley. No one shows the sheer joy and pleasure of enjoying the snow and taking advantage of the day like Marley! Marley loves to snowplough, roll, and bury his nose in the white stuff and he is happiest in the winter. Well done buddy! One poo and many pees.
DISTANCE: 7.92 km DURATION: 58:38
A great run for Marley this morning and a surprise visit with Molson, Sasha, and Rusty in the dog park. Molson came bounding up to see us and Marley was excited to visit the whole family. Marley also did three of his famous barrel rolls in the snow to burn off some energy and cool down. We stopped and visited a very well dressed Boxer who definitely needed the extra layer and who was happy to say hello. One poo and many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.40 km DURATION: 1:00:09
It was a great overcast morning for Marley and me. There were fabulous views across the reservoir and the cool morning was perfect for us. There were not many other dogs out this morning so everyone else must have stayed in bed. Too bad for them to miss the paths. No poos and many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.77 km DURATION: 1:04:26
Marley was full of energy today. He must have enjoyed Michelle’s long run so he polished off 6.8 km very easily. We stopped and visited a small black Poodle who made up in noise for his lack of size. Marley took it all in stride and seemed to be saying “ you're being very silly” before we were off again. Two poos and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.10 km DURATION: 1:08:42
One BIG Day!! Big M ran over 8K today🐾🎉. I knew you had it in you, Marley. We had such a great time last week that we headed over to River Park again today. First, a run by Molson’s with a big wave to him. Then we met some of the same friends along our route as last week. Finally, we had some off-leash freedom and Puppy Playtime. Everyone loves Marley. He plays so well with all sizes. Then, it was home time. A couple treats were required for energy to complete our marathon. You give me a call the next time you are in the mood to do another marathon 😘The Doggy Business Report: 2 poops & 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.21 km DURATION: 1:04:12
Today was a run full of stops and starts. Mr. Marley needed to pause 10 times today to find an appropriate place to mark, and this kept our forward momentum somewhat stalled. It wasn't until our last 2K together that we actually ran at a steady pace. So what else did Marley do on his run/walk today? As far as I can tell, he had a wonderful outing. He smelled glorious melting and decaying leaves. He rolled around in the remaining snow piles that checkered our route. He greeted several walkers, and one construction worker who now knows him by name. He took two breaks to gaze at the horizon and the rocky mountains aglow in sunshine. And he took me for a perfectly peaceful stroll through one of my favourite parks in Calgary. Thanks Marley. Sometimes the stops, are just as good as the starts. The scoop: 1 poops, 10 (yes, 10!) pees.
DISTANCE: 6.68 km DURATION: 1:04:27
It seems that Marley is one of the few Calgarians who is mourning the loss of our snow. It wasn't at all surprising to see him flop in the first snowbank after we left his house, as this is part of his usual playful banter. But, it was a little unique to be instantly yanked into every remaining snow skiff along our run route today. And as the patches of snow got smaller and smaller, Marley seemed to linger longer and longer. He would scratch his back, lick in a little snack, and then would relent and let me coax him forward. We repeated this pattern several times today in our morning shuffle. Sorry Marley, you might be the only one disappointed to see warmer weather this week. And I will be disappointed to see him temporarily lose something that brings him so much joy. The scoop: 1 poop, 9 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.13 km DURATION: 1:04:31
My friend Marley seemed a little unfocused today. But who could really blame him? The sun was glorious and this lured dozens of walkers, runners, and dogs into North Glenmore. And possibly, Marley also felt in his fur that today was Friday, and that we should lighten up a little. And so we tried to make our way along our regular route, but Marley found countless occasions to roll in the snow, greet other dogs, and kindly request that passersby would give him a scratch behind his ear. He would simply stop, block the path of whomever was walking near, and lean against them until he was content with the love (or until I coaxed him away with a treat to the delight of all involved). Marley genuinely shines when he's out on Fridays and today was no exception. The scoop: 1 poop, 7 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.06 km DURATION: 1:10:13
The top photo says it all! Big boy Marley and I were on a mission to take it nice and easy. Marley had a great pace and distance yesterday with DGR Runner Michelle and I could tell from the get go that this outing was going to be about sniffing and rolling in the snow. That's okay Marley, I just like to spend time with you and soak in the gorgeous views by the reservoir. We encountered a timid Pomeranian, a playful Yellow Lab, and a few people who just couldn't resist petting Marley. The scoop: 1 poop and 4 pees. Great seeing you Mr, Marley!
DISTANCE: 7.43 km DURATION: 1:09:12
Good Morning Big M! Are you ready to spread some sunshine on this grey day? Marley is always happy to give people a reason to smile😊. Just look at how sweet he is. Off to River Park, we jogged and we had some lengthy spurts of running too!! Marley had one ’stop-n-drop’ close to home where he plopped in the intersection and had a good old back scratch. After he got that out of his system, those legs of his kept a move!! Marley had fun playing with a 5-month-old Yellow Lab. This was in preparation for ’Off-Leash Recess’ time at the park. I would call Marley back and he would come running. Marley, you are fast when it is recess time, wink-wink. Another brilliant date with Big M. The Doggy Business Report: 1 poop & 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.41 km DURATION: 1:03:29
It's incredible that Marley and I spent so much of our morning run today absolutely alone. No one else on the park paths, no one in the parking lots, and no other dogs out for a jaunt. It wasn't that cold, but maybe Calgarians are still feeling their turkey and keeping indoors for just a little while longer. Clearly, there was evidence of other people in the snow, but we had to accept that we needed to be each other's entertainment today. Good news for us. I love Marley's playful nature and how he can't help himself from stopping often for a snow scratch, or to enjoy the view. I like to think that he doesn't mind my constant chatter about running, or how if he just made it over the next rise, I would give him a little treat. A very peaceful run today with such a lovable soul. The scoop: 1 poop, 7 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.41 km DURATION: 1:02:03
Every time I think I'm going to have to write a blog about how many times Marley stops, he picks up the pace and has a strong finish. I would say that my dear friend seemed to struggle in the first half of our time together. There were too many snowbanks to roll in. There were too many people in the park to greet. And there were too many nifty smells to enjoy. Such a great view that we should probably stop and enjoy. We did all of that and more today. But almost as if Marley finally agreed that the only way to get home in front of a warm fire was to run there, he started moving more consistently. Dare I say, he had pep in his step? Dare I say, the treats in my pocket finally enticed him to move? Whatever it was; Marley's second half effort was wonderful. Not that the first half wasn't, but thankfully this isn't a blog post that focuses only on his breaks. Thanks for the laugh, Marley. The scoop: 1 poop, 7 pees.