DISTANCE: 9.50 km DURATION: 1:04:36
'Tis the season to rush and run, and that puts Pirate in his element. But I would argue that today's run was probably exactly what both of us needed. We didn't really have time to pose for sweet pictures. Pirate said we needed to run. We didn't really have time to stop and sniff. You guessed it. We needed to run. We didn't stop to investigate the broken holiday gingerbread casually left behind on the street. We needed to run. And while I'm sure Pirate would have made time to 'say hello' to those bunnies in the park at the Repsol Centre, it was my turn to say 'sorry, Pirate, time to run'. Many relish an opportunity to slow down and giggle, but we took a different approach. Pirate and I chose to outrun our stress, watch it loosen its grip from our backs, and get left behind on the river path where it belongs. Thanks, Pirate. My soul feels lighter. I hope you feel the same. The scoop: 7 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 9.99 km . DURATION: 1:04:59
Hey there Pirate, it has been a few weeks since our last run and boy, did I miss you! Today was one of those runs where we both were just in the moment and enjoying every stride together. I let you have a quick stop at Bunny Central and you were inquisitive but polite to those bunnies! You also had one more stop by a school group out on a field trip. You laid down on the ground and the school children giggled at how you wanted to join their class. The only thing that got a bee in your bonnet was a fat bike passing us. I am not sure if you thought there was an alien riding on it but the guy had a helmet and snowsuit on. What a fun time we had today! The scoop: no poop and 3-4 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.39 km DURATION: 1:00:50
Hello again Pirate! Let's go for a lunchtime run! In reading some of the blogs from earlier in the day, I knew many paths were still snow-covered, albeit with melting snow. So I took Pirate downtown, where paths tend to be more regularly maintained. Well, with it being a noon run, we joined all the other runners using their lunch break to fit in a run. It was great! Because Pirate just tends to focus on his run, largely ignoring people, sniffing as he goes and marks along the way. I really wanted to capture a photo of Pirate smiling, because he has such a nice smile. But anytime I pulled out my phone, he would sit and pose beautifully, but without a smile. Thankfully, a squirrel caught his attention and he didn't even notice me snapping a photo of him. Thanks for another great workout Pi! Scoop: countless pees and one poop.
DISTANCE: 10.35 km DURATION: 1:06:12
You may ask what makes a perfect run. Well, my run with Pirate today was pretty perfect. First, you have amazing weather; especially for November 20th in Calgary. Second, you take a keen athlete like Pirate who gives you a good workout and does not pull. Third, you find a lovely river pathway with breathtaking views. Note: we tried to follow the Lululemon Ghost Race course but Pirate voted against crossing bridges so we followed a similar course without bridges. Fourth and final, you realize your run that is your job is actually rejuvenating and hardly work at all but pure joy. The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees. Thanks Pirate for being a perfect running companion!
DISTANCE: 9.52 km DURATION: 59:24
Shiver me timbers! I got to meet Pirate today! I've heard from Ruth and Taylor what a swell dog, Pirate is, and I will add my vote to that consensus. Speaking of votes... Pirate is hoping for a really high voter turnout on the civic plebiscite today, so if you haven't already, then head to your polling station soon! If you're curious how he voted, he says, "Woof!" Seriously though, this guy is quite the athletic dog, who's very intent on whatever task might be on hand. That goes from running, with a very smooth, but quick gait; to investigating squirrels, which he allows himself to be distracted from very nicely, to marking the territory as he goes. That pretty much sums up our run! Thanks for the speedy run, Pirate! Scoop: no poops, but many pees.
DISTANCE: 4.7 km DURATION: 50 minutes
Note to self: the next time I go running bring goggles and boots!! The snow was crazy today, but Pirate loved every bit of it!! He is much more built for Calgary weather than I am! But something we do have in common is that we both love our treats!! He would do his tricks as fast as he could to get one! He is very sweet and it would have been an awesome run if not for the weather! Even Pirate cuddled up on the couch when we got home! My phone got some snow in it as well and turned off around the 30 min point when I tried to take more photos of Pirate, so our entire walk back wasn’t tracked, it wasn’t until we got in the house and my phone warmed up that it would turn on! The scoop: 1000 pees!
DISTANCE: 9.00 km DURATION: 58:59
Pirate and I can't complain about this streak of gorgeous autumn weather. We just have to capitalize on it and enjoy the blue sky, clear pathways, and sunshine. We made it through a minefield of bunnies and squirrels. Pirate crouches low to the ground and gets into hunting mode. He even treed a squirrel. Today's new discovery for me was finding out about Pirate's aversion to skateboards. Like DGR Dog Nell, he was pretty jazzed when the skateboard went past us. Pirate sure kept me on my toes today. The scoop: 1 poo and 4 pees. Thanks again Pirate also for showing me your best smiles!
DISTANCE: 9.04 km DURATION: 56:40
Nothing like a smiling dog by your side to make you run faster hey Pirate? Today was my first time running Pirate and I learned three things about him. #1: Pirate really, really loves to chase squirrels. #2: Pirate does not like the Rideau Park bridge (this put a little hitch in the route I had planned but we made do). Lastly, Pirate is also a great running partner who encouraged me to keep up with a quick pace. So even though our run was a little bit of a zigzag around the Elbow Park area, we went fast and had fun. I even got to visit my old stomping grounds as we ran by Western Canada High School and all the high school kids with their backpacks. All in all, it was a super fun run. It was nice to meet you Pirate! The scoop: 3 pees and no poos.
DISTANCE: 7.85 km DURATION: 50:56
Wooo wee, now I'm awake. I woke up a little groggy, but after that run I'm feeling good. Runner's high is a real thing. Note: Runner's high does not impair motor skills, cause dizziness, light-headedness or hallucinations. Ask your doctor if runner's high is right for you. Running with Pirate is a totally different experience because he doesn't pull so hard that you would fall or anything, but in a way, he assists your running. He is a great running buddy; sitting down at the red lights, going on the green ones, jumping over the grates in the sidewalk, and all. 1 poo and many marking pees (10ish).
DISTANCE: 10.17 km DURATION: 1:16:35
Pirate was in full-on hunting and sniffing mode today. Our start on this snowy day was full of stops to sniff and mark turf. Once we got to Pirate's favourite trail, the bunnies seemed to be jumping out at us from left to right onto the pathway. At one point, we even chased a bobcat. I am joking, it was a bobcat that was clearing the pathway of snow (see photo). Once we made our way through the land of bunnies, Pirate began to run in earnest and we got in a 10K today. I also learned 3 new things on this run about Pirate: 1) he jumps over grates on sidewalks; 2) he dos not like bridges,; and 3) he is great at pawshakes. The scoop: no poo and a bazillion pees.
DISTANCE: 8.60 km DURATION: 1:17:00
Calgary emerged today from a big snowstorm to a bluebird sky day so the conditions were magical for taking Pirate through the trails behind Repsol Centre. It felt like Narnia! This is also his absolutely favourite spot because he can always find squirrels to entertain him. I was grateful to have my Icebug shoes on as a majority of the trail was single-track and sheer ice. Today was definitely not about speed but about some distance and enjoying the stunning scenery. When we left the back trails to hit the urban streets, we were back to the land of angry drivers and loud snowblowers. Pirate barked at the snowblower to show his dissatisfaction. Well, we did get a slice of heaven for most for the hour. The Scoop: no poops and lots of yellow snow!
DISTANCE: 8.61 km DURATION: 1:00:02
What a beautiful day to spend with a dog that loves to run. I picked Pirate up and headed straight towards the river pathway where everyone seemed to be out during their lunch hour to enjoy the
15C weather. The bunnies and squirrels were also out in full force and Pirate had a hard time knowing where to put his attention as there were so many critter choices. We also ran into my son Ryan who was running Gogol and said a hello from afar, I think Pirate had so much fun that when I took off his harness at home, he rushed to the door once again thinking he could get a second run in. I don't blame him as it is definitely a day to be outside in the sun! The Scoop: no poops and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.60 km DURATION: 1:00:38
Recently, Pirate became a new athlete to our DGR team and boy is he a great runner. As of late, I have been mostly taking out dogs that walk so it was really fun to have such an eager training partner today. This workout was all about mind and body. Do you know the saying about rabbits multiplying? Well, Pirate and I headed along the pathway next to the Repsol Centre and we saw about 30 plus rabbits. This meant, Pirate's mind was exercised as well as his body. My core got a bit of a workout too! In addition to rabbits, there were a plethora of squirrels out today. Pirate did a great job of maintaining his composure the best he could and was wonderful when I told him to leave. He is a really well behaved guy and I look forward to more runs with him. The scoop: 1 poop and 3 pees. I hope you get some cuddle time in with your dad today!
For one night only, we had a guest appearance by Pirate. This little cuddle bug and big personality checked in for just one night's pet sitting. He is smart as can be and loves having belly rubs but also loves to give love. My husband, Henry was under the weather and Pirate was the perfect Netflix in bed partner. Those big brown eyes would check in on Henry with so much love. Last night's walk was more enjoyable than this morning's misty drizzle. Pirate was just happy to get back in the house and watch Netflix. PS: Pirate, I promise to hide those ornamental bunnies next time😂. Every time Pirate walked by them he had to give them some play-time.
Pet Sitter: Michelle
DISTANCE; 6.31 km DURATION: 56:46
Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Pirate on his first official DGR run! My first impression of this boy was that he is absolutely adorable, and oh-so sweet. After an initial introduction, and a quick struggle with the direction of his harness (thank you to Pirate's mom for the help), Pirate and I were out the door. We started out very speedy, hustling around downtown and exploring new territory for myself. After the first few kilometres, Pirate began to tire out and we slowed down to a brisk walk. Swapping between running and walking throughout the hour, we took in various sites, and accepted many compliments from walkers passing by. Pirate was very well-behaved for the most part, stopping to sit when confronted with birds and other dogs. On the final stretch home, we were faced with the smell of "Jelly Modern Doughnuts"... What a temptation! It was a pleasure meeting you today Pirate, I can tell you will be a great running buddy. The Scoop: no poops, MANY pees (10+).