DISTANCE: 6.02 km DURATION: 1:04:49
I have had a bit of a reprieve from running so it was pretty wonderful to get out twice today with DGR dogs. My 2nd outing was with Onyx who was keen just to hold a brisk walk. We basked in the feeling of summer as we are almost at June and it was warm out today. We found a couple of shady spots for her to sniff a bit and something smelled pretty good as she could have stayed there all day long. There was not much to report on our lunch-time rendez-vous. I think we were both just in happy moods! The Scoop: 2 poops and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.80 km DURATION: 1:02:56
Today, I thought Onyx and I would switch things up and head the opposite direction along the Bow River Pathway. I think Onyx really enjoyed this as there was less stop and go today and she kept eyeing the river. I will have to ask her mom if swimming is an option mid-run. We saw my friend Steve out training and we also saw tons of geese and goslings! Onyx is not bothered by these birds and the geese kept a good distance from her. It was just a relaxing lunch hour jaunt with this Black Beauty! The Scoop: 2 pees and 3 poops. Thanks for seizing the day with me!
DISTANCE: 6 km DURATION: 1:05:00
I think brain fog is setting in as I forgot to start my Runkeeper to track this outing with Onyx. No worries as it is not abut the time on the clock, the speed, or the distance when the two of us get together. It is all about enjoying each other's company and that we did. It was warm out so Onyx has her Thursday tongue out. It was a peaceful brisk walk with a sighting of a mother goose and her goslings. The Scoop: 2 poops and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.06 km DURATION: 1:02:31
This gorgeous gal (Onyx) and I have really developed a nice bond. We both are creatures of routine so I usually take the same route and we just get into our groove. I know where her favourite sniffing spots are and where she will do her business. She is easy going so we just zone out and enjoy each other's company in silence. We did run into my friend Laurence who is marathon training and that was the most excitement of the day. I have enough drama in my life so it is so nice to just chill with this Black Beauty! She also got to try a sample of the Star Wars treats from the Doggy Dash and she gave it a paws up! The Scoop: 1 poo and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.21 km DURATION: 1:03:46
Today, Onyx and I did our best imitation of a speed walkers. Our hips were not exactly sashaying back and forth but we got a great pace going just walking. The marathoners were out and about so we saw lots of folks on the pathways. Onyx also got her fair share of compliments today on how beautiful she is. She seems to not let it go to her head and keeps moving. Not much to report beyond Onyx being a joy to spend time with. The Scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees. Enjoy your afternoon nap sweetheart!
DISTANCE: 6.16 km DURATION: 54:08
With snow in the forecast, I definitely wanted to make the most of the warmth and sun with Black Beauty Onyx. We started out power walking and then picked up the pace. I think this was a good strategy as she enjoys smelling things and doing her business at the beginning of any outing. There was a lot of activity along the pathway including a surfer on the Bow River. Onyx also enjoyed a good roll on the grass and I took the opportunity to rub that cute belly. We had to wait for a train before crossing the tracks but that was okay as Onyx got more sniffing time. So today's letter was "S" for surfer, sun, and sniffing. The Scoop: 2 poops and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.11 km DURATION: 1:02:20
Hello Onyx. Today was the Boston Marathon; one of my favourite marathons so I was feeling inspired to run. Well, Onyx was not in the same frame of mind. I found her snuggled with her stuffed animal on her bed. We also ran into a friend at the beginning of our run, so Onyx enjoyed just chilling. Once on the move, I definitely had to pull out my best coaching skills but we did get a 6:12/km. We also found the ghost grafitti that keeps getting relocated around Calgary. Onyx looked pretty against it with her pink harness. The Scoop: 2 poops and 2 pees. Thanks Sweet Girl for getting some fresh air!
DISTANCE: 8.00 km DURATION: 56:12
Onyx has the most soulful eyes! I often wonder what she is thinking. Today, I imagine she was thinking that napping was a better idea than running. I tried to convince her that the fresh air would do her some good. We had perfect running conditions for a run so once she changed her mind, we did just that - ran! We even made it close to the lion's bridge. Of course, once she knew we were headed back home, she quickened her pace and we cruised back. She must have a comfy pillow because she headed straight there. The Scoop: 1 poop and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.86 km DURATION: 55:04
It is always nice to be reunited with Black Beauty Onyx. When I arrived, she was soundly sleeping but got motivated pretty quickly to go for her run. We started off slowly which is normal for Onyx as she sniffs and wakens from her slumber. Then, we started to get into the groove. Sometimes, I forget how beautiful Calgary is but it was awesome to run on the new brick pathway along the river. I felt like singing "Follow the Yellow Brick Road." Onyx was amazing and did not react to geese, squirrels, or other dogs. The Scoop: 1 poo and 2 pees. I can't wait for more pathway time with this lovely gal! The unique leashing system is because I wanted to make sure she had her tags on and they were connected to another leash.
DISTANCE: 7.30 km DURATION: 55:17
Most times when I pick up Onyx for her run, she is resting and looks so comfortable. Today was no exception. I always think she does enjoy the time outside though. Today, it did take a while to get going as she was enjoying her sniffing time. I definitely had to motivate her for the first half of the run. However, once we hit the turn around point, Onyx was completely a different dog. She hit her stride, so to speak. We actually were on track to complete 8K but then she decided it was time to retreat to her comfy home. That's okay gorgeous girl, I would like a nap too! The scoop: 2 poops and 5-6 pees. Although we were on the pathway most of the run, I stopped for some cool urban photos to make Onyx stand out! Hope to see you soon sweetheart!
DISTANCE: 7.31 km. DURATION: 55:40
What a wonderul lunch hour to be on the Bow River pathway with my gorgeous companion Onyx! I woke her from a nap but I think she was glad she did not miss out on this great weather. Her sniffer was on full alert so she took some time in the beginning to smell all the great scents under the melting snow. It was great once we got into our groove and headed towards my gym on a mission to pick up my glasses that I left this morning when I taught Spin. Onyx was a big hit at Urban Athlete because she herself is an urban athlete. The Scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees. Thanks Onyx for being my noon workout!
DISTANCE: 6.05 km DURATION: 55:04
Wake up Onyx, I am here to give you a personal training session for your upcoming Dash of Doom run. I found Onyx asleep on the bed with a chewed ice cream pint next to her. Okay, girlfriend, let's get our run on! She seemed unimpressed and our first kilometer or two was all about sniffing and waking up. We did managed to pick up the pace in the later half of the run and we were inspired by all the lunch-time runners. She really is a great runner once she gets in the zone. Today, I wore all black to match Onyx but she still stole the show with her beauty! The scoop: 1 poop and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.12 km DURATION: 1:05:25
Hello Onyx! You have been busy since we last saw each other and a congratulations are in order. This Black Beauty had her last litter of puppies and is ready to run with us. With today's mid-day heat, I opted to make this a brisk nature walk and I think Onyx was thrilled with this decision. Sometimes, I forget how gorgeous Calgary's inner city trails are but the photos above sure do highlight its beauty. It was greta to be in the shade under the tree's canopy and share this day with Onyx. I am excited to resume some more outings in the near future. The scoop: 2 poops and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.00 km DURATION: 1:08:07
Today was the perfect day to take prospective DGR Runner Warren out on a run to see what Dog Gone Running is all about. Black Lab Onyx was also the perfect dog to highlight how well behaved DGR dogs can be. Onyx is one subdued doggy so when we arrived she was lounging on her doggy bed, It took the first 1-2 kilometres to get her into running mode. Warren who is a Personal Trainer at Urban Athlete where I teach TRX and Cycle totally understands the benefits of a good warm -up. We had a pretty chill run through some single track paths on our way towards the lower part of Edworthy Park. That said, we were enjoying the company and the bluebird sky day that Calgary was offering up so we got in a 9K. This is one of Onyx's furthest distances with us. Way to go gorgeous girl! The scoop: 2 poops and 3-4 pees. I will stop by to see you this afternoon for a quick visit and pee break. Cheers!
Runner: Ruth and Warren
DISTANCE: 7.55 km DURATION: 55:07
I left 3 very excitable doggies at my house to go walk Onyx who was snoozing on her doggy bed. I must say I felt guilty but then once Onyx finished her business ( 3 pees and 2 poos), she was very keen to run. I think it was our best run together to date and it was through a snowstorm! It almost felt like white-out conditions because I could barely see where the sky ended and the snow began. We hit the pathway along the river and headed toward Edworthy Park and we did not see a single soul out and about. The snow had accumulated enough that it was not as slippery as this morning. Thank Goodness! That said, we still ran cautiously and effortlessly. There is nothing quite like just seeing only our footprints and pawprints in fresh snow. Thanks for the run today Black Beauty!