I had a wonderful stay at Marleys house. He is a very kind and fluffy host, and he always made sure I woke up on time in the mornings. On Sunday morning, I took Marley on a walk with his long leash, so he could do as he pleased. We walked around at the dog park that is alongside 66th Ave, where Marley rolled around in the snow a number of times. After the rollings would stop, I’d chuckle to myself as I’d untangle Marley from the knot that he tied himself up in with the leash. I could tell Marley missed his mom and dad, so I gave him lots of attention and cuddles during my stay. On Monday, I took Marley for little run down by the ponds. It was less chilly this morning which allowed us to warm up a lot faster and get a bit sweaty. When we got home, I had a good stretch, then we went out into the backyard. I went in the hot tub and read my book while Marley sat on his mound of snow watching things on the outside of the fence go by. He didn’t bark very much since I was out there with him, and we had a nice moment together. On Monday, I also put some seeds and grubs in the bird feeders and I watched as birds flew down to have a snack. Thank you for being a great roommate Marley!
Pet Sitter: Ryan
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 6.9 km DURATION: 1 hour 10 minutes
Today was another Fabulous Friday with the Marvelous Mr. Marley. Our love fest continued today as my friend and I returned to our familiar run pattern...a little running, a little stop-drop- roll, a little pup socializing, a little sprinting and surprisingly, en route back home, we took a sidewalk instead of the dog park pathway. Mr Marley got a really good workout. He received praise for his focus and kindness in recognizing icy parts and caring for my safety. We got to Weaselhead Flats today and next time I think we'll just head in that direction so we can check out the beautiful space with a little more time. We were both intrigued by the path there today. Happy New Year, my friend. Thank you for an enjoyable time, once again. The Scoop: 8 pees and 2 poops.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 6.2 km DURATION: 1 hour 9 minutes
It was a mild morning with Mr Marley. My friend was quite the social butterfly this morning: chatting with, giving kisses to and sniffing everyone he encountered. We had a very special moment where, on our way home, our golden beauty saw a woman crossing the street toward us, to her car. Marley leapt over snowbanks to approach her at her car. I asked her if they knew each other. She said no. But the magnetism was strong... He waited til she got to the curb and her arm went out and he filled it. He was smiling at me, she was delighted and I stepped back as they shared a moment. This woman was so grateful for Marley's tenderness and friendliness and repeated how he 'made her day'. Situations like this are simple reminders of the sheer joy and uncomplicated love dogs can give us. They want nothing in return but to be noticed, petted, and appreciated. Oh, Marley, you are such a special boy. Happy holidays to you, your mom, and dad. The Scoop: no poops and I lost track of peeing.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 6.6 km DURATION: 1 hour 3 minutes
And the award for Most Creative Run Direction Coordinator goes to....Mr Marley!! (And the crowd goes wild). As verified by your run companion Cheryl, Mr Marley you also receive top honours for friendliness, adorability, strength, approachability, listening, and for taking a beautiful picture! For those on the audience who don't know, Mr Marley loves running full speed when atop a blanket of snow. His need to plank is as great as his need to roll around and smoosh his snoot in snow and in Cheryl's hand for a friendly boop and he is just a wonderful and funny creature to be around. Come on up and get your award, Superstar! The scoop: 3 poops and a whole lot of peeing today. The Scoop: 5 poos, 5 pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY # 1
DISTANCE: 6.1 km DURATION: 1 hour 7 minutes
"F" is for Family Fridays. Today I picked up my friend Marley and off we went to the dog park. So much unpacked snow. Marley was in heaven; jumping and hopping around, taking me deeper and deeper into the untamped areas. For someone with little legs like me, it was quite the workout! We got to the Glenmore Park and Marley indicated he wanted to show me something new so down the hill we went and over the bridge to the very beautiful, undistrubed narrow pathways by Weaselhead Flats. We shared some beautiful moments today; side-by-side pacing, exploring, Marley planking in crisp, clean snow and staring up at the bright sun. On the way home, we met his family; Molson, Ryder et al. I, of course, didn't know who these pups were but Marley's excitement and sudden rush toward these dogs and their rush toward him was adorable. They played together a little while and then we headed back home. It was a great morning with a very pleasant boy. See you next week, Mr Marley. The Scoop: 8 pees, 3 poops.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY # 2
DISTANCE: 6.0 km DURATION: 1 hour 7 minutes
Mushy Mr. Marley makes morning meet-ups marvelous! I picked up my friend and off we went to the dog park. Marley met up with the little black dog with the big stick from the other week today and they goofed around together for a little while before we continued en route to Glenmore Park. Marley wanted to go the opposite direction than we usually go so off we went down the big hill toward the bridge that offered such relaxing and peaceful views. He laid down in the sun for a few and pushed himself against me. He was leaning with me proudly supporting him; taking in the beauty right along with him. His smile could take me down. On our way back, I noticed that someone placed bird houses randomly amongst the trees and thought it was sweet enough to capture it in a pic. Marley's sniffer was working just fine; taking in all the smells and, of course, partaking in his usual stop, drop, roll maneuver. You're just such a good boy, my friend. The Scoop: 2 little poops, and I think 11 pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY # 1
DISTANCE: 7 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
Another chapter complete in the book of running with Mr. Marley. To recap: We started out at the off-leash dog park and it was loaded with furry friends for Marley to sniff and play with. He was leaping, jumping and playing with me. Oh, my heart! As he is still new to me, I had him on the waist leash and wherever he went, I went. All the people had a good time watching all the action. It was a really special moment and I'm smiling just remembering it and typing it here. You'll see a pic of a little dog with an over-sized stick. This was incredibly amusing and it set me on a mission to provide my friend with a stick of his own. We managed to get to the Glenmore Trail and it was a wonderful day to just be out and exploring, exercising, and enjoying each other's company. As we started our route back home, I found Marley a solid stick which he took to with glee. The left half was in his mouth and the right half had enough room for my hand. Super sweet. The minute I let go, he took off like a rocket. It was like he got a Power-Up, with me trying to keep up! Wow! If I could maintain a pace like that I would win a race or two! Guess I need to find my own stick. 😄 Thanks Marley for another adventure packed with laughter, kindness, sweet gestures, fun and peace. The scoop: 1 poop, 5 pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 4.5 km DURATION: 1 hour
With both Marley and Molson's regular runners away, I get the pleasure of some time with my favourite Lakeview's finest Goldens (Marley and Molson). There were so few dogs and walkers out that I felt comfortable talking to Molson and Marley and even singing in the rain. We weaved our way in and out of pathways behind Lakeview homes and did a lot of puddle jumping. I picked up Marley first and then we made our way to Molson's where I got to meet his baby brother Ryder for the first time. Holy Cuteness Overload! My stay was short as Marley was not as enthusiastic about Ryder's attention. We kept it at a fast walk for Molson who set the pace. Both boys were a dream to spend time so the rain was not a bother at all. I returned Marley home first and then made my way back to Molson's for some extra puppy time and to towel down Molson who loved the extra attention. It was also nice to see Golden Sasha who was chilling under the counter stool. This is definitely Golden Retriever Road (see photo). The Scoop: Molson had 2 poos, 4 pees. Marley had 1 poo, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.0 km DURATION: 58 minutes
It was a beautiful day in the neighbourhood for a little prance through the hills and valleys! Marley was happy and enjoyed a few good rolls and plays! The Scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.9 km . DURATION: 59 minutes
It was a fun walk with Marley today! I brought Skoki along, who is an energy bundle and definitely a motivator for Marley. Skoki showed Marley his fave river spot! The Scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.1 km DURATION: 59 minutes
Hurray, Marley and I just beat the downpour. When I arrived Marley was in the backyard so I got to have a visit with his dad and admire the clematis. We then headed wherever Marley wanted to go to keep him moving along which he did except when he had 2 rolls in the wet grass. He had some liver snaps to motivate him as well as some “Good Boy” encouragement. We saw a few dogs and some nice gardens but I think Marley and his garden were heads above the rest. Thanks to his mom for the donations to AARCS. The Scoop: 8 pees, 2 poos.
DISTANCE: 4.15 km DURATION: 57:53
What a perfect day for an adventure! Cooler than it has been so we set off at a good pace to explore the winding trails of Lakeview. Marley thought it was lots of fun, and enjoyed following along and sometimes even being the fearless leader! Enjoy your nap now Marley! Business Report: 4 pees, 2 poops.
DISTANCE: 2.29 km DURATION: 55:47
It was a lazy kind of Friday morning today! The sun was out, and he was truly enjoying smelling (and rolling in!) the roses. He wasn’t quite feeling the run this morning, so we took a meander around the neighbourhood and met some new friends (including a 3 legged dog!). Enjoy your long weekend in the sun Marley! Business Report: 2 poops, 8 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.44 km DURATION: 1:01:59
Marley and I had a busy day in the dog park as we met up with a whole pack of dogs who were out enjoying the morning. From a big Black Lab X to little miniature guys - everyone was happy to see Marley. It was hot so we stayed in the shade as much as we could. That keep both of us motivated and cool. One poo and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.89 km DURATION: 1:03:37
Good morning Marley. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m so glad it worked out for me to run you today. I think you were surprised not to see your usual runner Gabi. I love exploring new neighbourhoods and yours is a beautiful one. We set off west and you weren’t very keen to get running right away. We did a lot of sniffing and dilly-dallying until we bumped into RUTH from DGR and a bunch of dogs that you know!!! That was fun! After that we headed into Glenmore Park and ran along the reservoir. I gave you lots of opportunities to sniff everything and we kept our pace nice and slow. You seem to know the way back home better than I did as we zigged and zagged through the neighbourhood looking for a secret path way to get home. I think you were pretty happy when we arrived! Have a great nap this afternoon Marley! Marley's Scoop: 1 poop, 6 pees.