DISTANCE: 7.17 km DURATION: 1:00:49
Hey Murphy! You wanna come to the park with us? Of course he did! I love the way Murphy and Juno start their off-leash play. Murphy does this spinning move, while Juno literally jumps back and forth right over Murphy. Throw in a couple of bouts of fast chasing, and we start our runs with a fun bang! Today was a mix of off-leash, trail running, and neighbourhood urban running. It resulted in over 7K and two tired pups. Maybe that's why Murphy was really resistant to going back into his kennel today. Scoop: one poop and two pees.
DISTANCE: 6.76 km. DURATION: 58:02
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name Murphy….oh if something could go wrong it will - Murphy’s Law!! Well we had none of that business today as Murphy and I thoroughly enjoyed our first outing together. He is soooo handsome with his large head, and jet black coloured solid body. He has a wonderful personality to match; albeit a little challenging when it comes to posing for photos. Murphy and I headed towards Edworthy Park and who should be out stretching their legs but Tammy and Juno! After a little chat and play, I pried Murphy away and down the hill. He was very reluctant at first to leave his pal, but then his nose took over and away we went. Murphy was really great to run with! Hope to see you again soon pal. The Scoop: the longest pee I have seen in quite some time followed by 3 other shorter pees and one poop.
DISTANCE: 6.01 km. DURATION: 1:09:21
Happy Friday Murphy! It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas out here! So we headed over to Edworthy to look for ornaments in the trees. Success! What were our other successes today? Well, we bumped into another Murphy who belonged to a friend from a long time ago. The two Murphys and Juno played really hard for a good ten minutes while I caught up with Murphy the Sheepadoodle's mom. I was starting to shiver a bit so onwards we went. Other successes included perfect recall and perfect greetings with other pups. Those are big ones for the dog park. Last success was despite the 10 minutes of non-movement (and me forgetting to press pause on Runkeeper), by running through the 'hood afterwards, we ran 6K, which was the distance I was hoping we'd hit today! Great job Murphy! You've earned a nap today! Scoop: one poop and two pees.
DISTANCE: 5.34 km DURATION: 59:20
Oh my, did my Juno ever have fun today! Not only did she get to hang out with Murphy a second day in a row, her other buddy from the "White Oak" gang, Kona with DGR Runner, Carolyn, joined us. Seriously, some of her very favourite beings ever! Being so close to Edworthy, we had to start there. It's a great place to let the dogs get their zoomies out of the way. So while we only went 5.34 km today, this trio easily did a km or two extra! Partly due to the fact that the boys especially, when called for, no matter how far they wandered or lagged behind, came running! Yes, treat motivation is a good thing! We did give them some time on-leash and this too went very well. The three pups ran in tandem without any tangles. It was an out-and-back day where we finished where we started. But the second time through the park was more subdued. Back home, Murphy needed a lot of treats to motivate him back into his kennel. But once the pink bunny went in, he reluctantly followed suit. Let's do this all again tomorrow Mr. Murphy! Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 6.05 km DURATION: 54:48
Murphy! I am absolutely thrilled to meet you today. Secret time: I have a special place in my heart for Black Labrador Retrievers, as I grew up around a few. I particularly love the way Labs nuzzle their big heads into my lap, and as I released Murphy from his kennel, this is exactly what he did. Our run was eventful! We ran into a few sweet ladies who could not help but give Mr. Murph some love. I also nicknamed my running buddy ‘Fruit Ninja’ as he seemed to track down every piece of forgotten fruit on our path. From wild berries, to orange peels, to an apple core, Murphy sniffed each one out! What a fantastic first run together buddy! I look forward to more runs in our future. The scoop: 1 poop and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.32 km DURATION: 1:00:54
Well yesterday's date between Murphy and Juno went so well that we didn't wait long for the next one. But these two young lovebirds are not ready for unchaperoned dates yet. I think their strategy today was to stop and sniff the fabulous smells that yesterday's rain uncovered, in hopes of stretching their time together. I saw right through their plan though and shortened our distance, just by a bit. Well Murph Man, I know we will see you again! Have a wonderful reunion with your human mom! Scoop: two poos and many pees today.
DISTANCE: 5.35 km DURATION: 59:16
Today I felt like the third wheel on Murphy and Juno's date. I picked Murphy up, and oh my, the greeting these two gave each other! They pranced and tumbled around for a good couple of minutes, before I broke it up to say, "Um excuse me kids... we're actually supposed to be going for a walk..." So was it in my head when Murphy would pull ahead and look back at me to see if I was still there? When he looked a little sneaky as he would go in for a sniff and a kiss to Juno? I don't know. I know they didn't mind or even notice the rain. I do know that Murphy did NOT want to say good-bye to Juno as he pulled me back to her, now tied up to the side railing. And she looked so sad to be left behind when I took him into his home for a thorough towel down. Scoop: three poops and 5-6 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.59 km DURATION:52:02
Back to Edworthy with Murph! It was another hot one and being a black dog in the sun is extra tiring. At least, there were plenty of dogs to befriend and a cooling breeze that kept a lot of the heat off. Anyhow, look forward to meeting you again. 1 poo and many pee.
DISTANCE: 4.85 km DURATION: 1:10:01
Hello Murphy! It's great to meet you too! Now that we're becoming fast friends, let's get outside and start moving! It's shaping up to be a sunny and bright summer and today was certainly no exception. After a few failed attempts at getting Murphy to drink from my water bottle, I took him down to the shoreline of the river for a drink & cool off. Scoop Score:#1 x10,#2 x1. It'll be a while before we can run again Murphy, but I enjoyed getting to run with you today. See you later in the summer or beyond!
DISTANCE: 3.19 km DURATION: 45:21
I was going to write something about Murphy's Law, but I don't actually know what it is, I've just heard that term in passing before. So I feel that, although I could look it up on my phone right now, I'm choosing not to because it would be contrived and someone's probably already done this. Anyhow, the walk with Murphy was a fun one and he definitely tired himself out. That puppy has an uncanny compulsion to smell everything this world has to offer and I admire that. I'll see you again on Wednesday. The scoop: 3 poos and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.20 km DURATION: 42:33
Hello Murphy - how are you my buddy? I think the answer is that he is probably missing his family a little bit. He again started our date by introducing me to his collection of eviscerated IKEA stuffies. If he was human - it would be slightly creepy - but as a Lab puppy it was endearing. Murphy and I were both so excited about our walk - we forgot to turn on Runkeeper for the first 10 min and about 1/2 km. He really wanted to play with the other dogs today - but alas there were no buddies around. I think I did manage to arrange a playdate with his buddy Kona for the afternoon though 😉. The scoop: 3 poops and one looooong Austin power type pee.
DISTANCE: 3.95 km DURATION: 1:05:15
I wasn’t sure where Murphy was being kept in his crate, and he wasn’t making any noise to help direct me. I figured the basement would be a good place to start. As I rounded the stairs I noticed a big dog bed and some white fuzz from a stuffy toy scattered around. This must be the place. I looked down to my right and spotted the crate. Murphy is so dark he blended into the shadow inside but once I looked at him he finally started to move and make noise. It didn’t take long for me to think of another DGR dog, Sully. Sully is the complete opposite colour but has the exact same curious, rambunctious, silly personality as Murphy. We spent most of our walk exploring the trails along one edge of Edworthy Park, made our way down the hill and crossed over and up the other ridge. I had to be careful over some of the difficult terrain especially because Murphy is a tank and can sure pull if he decides to dig in. He showed me this strength right at the start when he did his best to pull me over to the friendly young Lab puppy. Maybe we’ll have another chance to hike together soon Murphy! See you around! The scoop: 4 pees, 3 poos.
DISTANCE: 3.84 km DURATION: 1:02:41
Hello again Murphy! Good to see you! Juno is waiting patiently in your front yard for you. Well maybe not so patiently. Without further ado, I took these two high energy pups to the Douglas Fir Trail. Today Murph seemed to have extra energy to burn. Whether it's because he's not used to spending time in his kennel, or because he was loving the rugged trails, or maybe it's because he's a young-ish Lab, there was definitely more pulling today. With a couple of attempts at correcting this, and a couple of treats, we eventually popped out into a more civilized setting, at which point whether by design or by coincidence, things went smoother, in more than one sense of the word! We stopped by to say "Hi" to Carolyn, and again, the pups enjoyed some games of chase in her yard this time. With all that fun, Murphy did NOT want to even go downstairs, let alone into the kennel. (See photo!) Again, nothing some treats couldn't rectify. Scoop: one poop and many pees.
DISTANCE: 3.80 km DURATION: 55:11
Well, Mr Murphy Little - you have come a long way in a year. I do recall a certain hike last summer where you literally had to go in someone’s backpack as your little legs were just exhausted. Now I dare say “Murphy Little” is a bit of an oxymoron. Everything about Murphy is big - big personality, big pleading eyes, big paws, big poops and of course big Labrador heart. He had to start our date by showing me his collection of well loved Ikea stuffies. Then we were off on our little jaunt around the neighbourhood. He was very good on-leash - always trotting along beside me. Any dogs we met did cause a bit of barely constrained joy - but he was ever the gentleman. The scoop: 2 giant poops and lots of pees.
DISTANCE: 4.91 km DURATION: 1:09:05
I entered Murphy’s home and didn’t hear a peep. I knew he would be kennelled somewhere but he didn’t give a clue as to where that would be. It didn’t take long for me to hear a small, self-controlled noise and find him. We practiced a couple commands in the home which he demonstrated marvellously and then we were off. I had a destination in mind, seeing as how Murphy and I are neighbours. I thought he could be re-introduced to Juno and if all went well she could join our walk. Especially since his meet and greet with me went so well. We met Murphy the Airedale and Stanley the Dalmatian on the way and Murphy had excellent greetings with both. Sure enough he was just as gentlemanly with Juno. Then they ripped around the backyard to get their zoomies out of their systems. Our walk from there was great. Yes, Murphy has puppy moments where he gets excited about some smell up ahead, but otherwise he was so good on leash. I’m looking forward to more walks with you neighbour! Scoop: two big poops and many pees.