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!
DISTANCE: 8.34 km DURATION: 58:54
Today is Day 4 in a row of running Onyx and it was the first day i was greeted by Onyx who was at the door and do I dare say she was waiting for me? That said, her enthusiasm for running at the start was pretty low. I get it Onyx, I am definitely ready for the weekend and being chill. Today, I thought we should go just a tad further so we went to the Canada 150 sign and also went on a trail that led to a pond with a kazillion geese and ducks. I am not sure the photo does justice to reflect the numbers of birds. Lots of Labs I know would go crazy seeing all the birds but Onyx remained calm and was more focused on dipping her nose in the snow. The last photo I took was by Onyx's ball to symbolize that I had a ball with her. I hope to see you again sweet girl! The scoop: 1 poop and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.03 km. DURATION: 57:01
This must be the best day ever as I just ran a Chocolate Lab named Paisley and now I am at Onyx's house to run this gorgeous Black Lab. I almost should make a trip over to DGR dogs Kenny and Sully's to get my Yellow Lab fix. The world is definitely spinning on the right axis when you get to be with 3 coloured Labs (Yellow, Black and Chocolate). Onyx gave me the look (see above photo) that said, I think today we should sleep instead of run. As noted in past blogs, Onyx needs a bit of warm-up before getting into full on running mode. She has to do her business (3 pees and 1 poo) and sniff at quite a few smells before taking bigger and longer strides. Once we got into a rhythm, we both moved without a care in the world. Sometimes, I forget that she is by my side as she does not pull or demand a lot from me. She truly is a one of the sweetest gals I know. I rewarded her with a treat or num num ( her world for treat). See you tomorrow sweetie!
DISTANCE: 8.08 km DURATION: 53:44
Day 2 in a row with Onyx and I decided we should head the same route as Onyx seems to enjoy routine. My only goal was to go a bit further with her than yesterday. She seemed a bit pokey at first but then we got into a comfortable pace. The reward of going further is that we got to look at the art project along a construction fence on the Bow River. Our favourite exhibit was one called "Dog Play" so we got a few photos. by it. Onyx is so photogenic that I think she could be a model for a dog photo exhibit. The only dogs that we saw on our run were the ones in the photos. We started slow but our run sped up quickly on the return home with only 1 stop due to a train. The scoop: 2 poops and 2 pees. Thanks for a Picture Perfect Run Onyx!
DISTANCE: 7.24 km DURATION: 50:15
I am pretty excited as I have a few running dates this week with my favourite Black Lab Onyx. She is so easy going that spending time with her always makes me feel less stressed. Once she was suited up and pretty in pink, we headed along the river towards the Peace Bridge. She did all her business up front (3 poos and 2 pees) and then was ready to run. We settled into a gentle pace and just enjoyed the peace and quiet. Once again, the river pathways were desolate as the cold weather has scared people away. We only saw once dog and Onyx was not every interested in the Cocker Spaniel so we just kept going. Once we hit the Peace Bridge, there were several students who "oohed and aahed" over Onyx and asked about her pink beaded collar. Onyx always gets the best compliment on our runs! When we got home, Onyx headed straight to her dog bed and I was tempted to nap with her as she looked so cozy. See ya tomorrow for more fun black beauty!
DISTANCE: 7.81 km DURATION: 55:53
I don't always love surprises but a last minute surprise run with Onyx was pretty wonderful. This is definitely the good kind of surprise. When I picked her up, she was not in her usual spot and I found her sleeping on the bed. Boy, was it tempting to have a mid-day nap with her but I knew she would be happy to get out for some fresh air. We had a few more surprises. We ran into DGR Runner Tara and Golden Retriever Kaylee. I think we were both thinking a run along the river would be nice but a train came to a dead stop in front of the pathway entrance. Surprise, I guess we are going to take another route. I took her up through Sunalta School, over several bridges and back down to the river pathway. Tara and Kaylee took a different route but surprise we saw them once again. This was my first run of 2018 with Onyx and she did brilliantly. Her pace was steady and we made several stops (3 poos and 4 pees). Onyx was my second run of the day and I have one more to go tonight. I bet you will never guess what I am wearing? Surprise, it is a onesie pajama for the Ale Run. Thanks again for the joyful outing Onyx.
DISTANCE: 8.5 km DURATION: 1 hour
What a lovely greeting from Onyx who greeted me with her big orange ball. Her mom was home sick so I got the lovely pleasure of taking her for a run along the Bow. I think she is getting used to me as she did not drag her paws too much. She is always faster on the way home but I would say this was her best run yet. It made me feel really good to know we are connecting as she is one bonded Lab with her mama. There was little activity along the pathway so it was pretty peaceful. Despite the warmer weather, we felt festive as we saw lots of Christmas lights and wreaths along the bridges near Eau Claire. As you know, black dogs are a challenge to get good photos of but today, we had some success! The bottom two photos are after consuming her num num fish treat. I was so glad to capture this gorgeous gal on our best run together to date! The scoop; 2 poos and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 7 km DURATION: 1 hour
Just like the engine of a car needs time to warm up to run smoothly, Onyx needs her mind and body to warm up to the run. She is a bit coy to start but if you give her a num num (name for her treat), she is much happier. I did not want to force the running on her so we did some speed walking for the first half of our time together. She was also in a sniffing mood so I let her enjoy all the smells uncovered by the melting snow. I also realized I put her harness on securely but the wrong way (Oops!). No wonder she gave me a couple of interesting looks. So once we turned around and this black beauty was warmed up, we ran all the way home at more of a 6:30/km pace. Thanks sweet gal! The scoop: 2 poos and lots and lots of pees.
DISTANCE: 9.03 km DURATION: 1:02:40
My first full hour run with Onyx and I feel like I am getting to know her better. Here are some of the things I have noticed: 1) She loves her round dog pillow. I found her there when I entered her home and she was happily chewing her toy. She had a Chocolate Labradoodle friend who barked at me a couple of times before warming up to me, but Onyx was calm and cool; one of her characteristic traits. 2) Onyx like to start her run out slow and cautious. It is almost like she is taking a long warm-up lap. The snow was falling pretty hard and there was hardly a soul out on the Bow River pathways. This brings me to item #3: Onyx has the shiniest coat ever. The only dogs we came across were 2 Black Labs but I could tell that Onyx outshines them with her dark fur. 4) When I tell Onyx, it is time to come home, she channels her inner athlete. I looked at our kilometre splits and on the way out we ran at a 7-8 minute/km pace and on the way back we were running at a 5:30-6:00 minute/km pace. It is always fun to get to know new dogs and I look forward to more outings with this sweet gal. The scoop: 3 poops and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.41 km DURATION: 31:35
Such a great way to end the day with a reunion run with Black Lab Onyx. She definitely loves her mom so was a bit apprehensive about leaving with me but once I gave her a num num
(treat), she followed me into the light falling snow. I was excited to hear that Douglas Fir Trail has reopened so we headed through the trails and went up...up,,up. Onyx was dragging her heels a bit so I thought it may be because she had nine pups not so long ago and was just getting back into running shape. I actually thought she was doing pretty good but when we turned around t head home, she was full steam ahead. She was a gorgeous runner and I expect she may run close to 10 km in the hour. I look forward to testing that out tomorrow. She sure was pretty in pink today with her harness that looks lovely against her shiny jet black fur. The scoop: 1 poo and 1 pee.