DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 5.0 km DURATION: 1 hour 7 minutes
Molson demonstrated a very unique skill that I finally recognized today. Our dog park walk involved a very nervous Yorkshire Terrier who Molson helped calm down and his owner said that was a very positive interaction as he is nervous around big dogs. This was the second time in two weeks that Molson has met and calmed down dogs who were afraid of big dogs. So that cool calm Molson demeanour might just be the road to be a dog therapy expert. Wow to Molson. The Scoop: 4 pees, 1 poo.
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: 1 hour 6 minutes
Molson put on a great display of balancing his chew toy between his feet and rolling on his back so I just had to get a couple of pictures of this great juggling act. He then proceeded to do his favourite back rub so he is definitely feeling good about life. He met up with the Black Lab who once again decided that licking Molson was the thing to do - let’s just say Molson was tolerant. The Scoop: 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.5 km DURATION: 1 hour 6 minutes
Now that was a busy day for Molson with lots of visits. We met Audrey, a Bernedoodle - so hard to figure out all these mixtures. She was glad to see Molson and stopped for a visit. Molson also got a visit from a very friendly Black Lab who provided lots of kisses which I am not sure that Molson appreciated. The Scoop: 7 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.6 km DURATION: 1 hour 4 minutes
Molson was happy to be out for this morning's walk and got lots of visits with every breed of dog this morning and watched a highly energetic Border Collie do laps around everyone in the park. He managed to ignore a noisy and aggressive dog behind his fence. I almost heard Molson say to him, " Relax, it is a nice day so enjoy it." The Scoop: 3 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.63 km DURATION: 1:03:33
A great morning to see Molson but also his little brother Ryder who just reminds us how cute Golden Retriever puppies are. Ryder is definitely a ball of pretty fuss as well as full of energy. Not sure if Molson has decided that is a good thing or not. Molson also met a little Bichon in the park who did his best Ryder imitation just running around and around. Ah youth! One poo and 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.73 km DURATION: 59:26
Molson and I went a little slower this morning. Whether it was the heat or he wasn’t feeling it, he seemed to want to take a few more breaks and we stopped and walked a few times. I will keep an eye on the pace on Tuesday and make sure we don’t over do it. I will keep you posted and it might be a good idea to see how he is feeling over the weekend. One poo and many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.53 km DURATION: 1:01:43
Molson had a great visit with the dogs in the upper part of River Park. Everyone from very large to very small were out for the day. Molson was his usual charming self and got lots of pets and attention from other owners who love how friendly and approachable he is. One poo and 5 pees on this hot morning.
DISTANCE: 6.76 km DURATION: 1:04:05
It was a great morning; just the right Molson temperature and enough shade to keep us both cool. We visited with a beautiful Great Pyrenees who was out in the forest area. He and Molson had a good visit and then we were on our way. One poo and many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.78 km DURATION: 1:02:36
A very hot one for Molson this a.m. We did as many cool spots as possible; running through the trees and aiming for the shady sides of the pathways. Molson did great - many many pee stops but no poos. And we had a few visits with the dog park dogs; both puppies and fellow mature guys.
DISTANCE: 4.13 km DURATION: 1:04:40
Double the fun today with two Goldens! It was a hot one today and Molson, Sasha, and I stayed in the shade and the cool grass as much as possible. There was a welcome water stop on the way and the pups ran into their old friend Maddie, whose mom had treats and toys to taste and play with. Every 10 minutes or so, it was time for a roll in the grass and a plea for a belly rub (well, ok, that was always a Molson request!). The two cousins were a joy to walk. They are so sweet, well behaved and did I mention very lovely. A gorgeous day to walk two gorgeous Goldens! The scoop: one poop each, two pees for Sasha, and many, many for Molson. Thanks!
DISTANCE: 5 km DURATION: 1 :05:00
It was really nice to take Sasha and Molson out together. I also had prospective DGR Runner Tara with me so it was officially a party. We went through the back woods of Lakeview enjoying our casual pace. Once we popped out on the green space, we ran into DGR Runner Nancy out with Marley. It is always fun to explain the family tree of these 3 related Golden Retrievers. As the saying goes, the more the merrier. A little bird also told me to expect another baby Golden Retriever in the near future. Well, this breed is definitely AWESOME! The Scoop: pees and poos by all. Thanks again to Tara for joining in the Golden fun!
Runners: Ruth and Tara
DISTANCE: 6.15 km DURATION: 57:09
Molson is one dog who knows what he likes. And belly rubs are at the top of his list! Going out for a mid-day run comes a close second. We headed west today, the wind ruffling our hair. What a glorious morning! As we neared the wide right-of-way, he looked up at me -- for a treat? No, silly. Take me off-leash. And who should we see up ahead? None other than Grandpa, Grandma and Sasha. Hugs all around, and we're off again, Molson leading the way along a narrow, rooty path. Pretty good speed he put on. I had a hard time keeping up. And then he went for his third favourite thing -- a quick dip in the pond to cool off. He came right back when I called him. Good Boy, Molson!. The way back was uneventful, but Molson was a bit tired so he slowed down and then basically announced, "That's it for today." Another fun run with one of DGR's most handsome dogs. The Scoop: one poo and 5 pees for Molson.
DISTANCE: 6.72 km DURATION: 1:00:09
Molson enjoyed the run in the rain. We were the only ones out on the paths which just suited us well. Molson did his pre-run rollover and then enjoyed a dry off, a scratch, and a pet on our return. One poo and many pees.
DISTANCE: 7.47 km DURATION: 1:06:45
Molson had his usual happy guy start with insisting on a tummy scratch before accepting his collar. He does have it figured out and we started just the way he planned it. We met three very noisy Terriers who greeted Molson on the path both coming and going. Molson just seemed to say “what’s the big deal” then we were off. One poo and many pees.