DISTANCE: 8.76 km DURATION: 1:03:37
I was really excited to meet Pirate. He is a very unique breed and his pictures online showed a beautiful, fit-looking dog who was bound to give me a run for my money (no pun intended). We had a pleasant meeting - I pictured him saying “Arrr Matey!” (sorry I had to say it) - but I could tell he wanted to hit the trail immediately (more like the open seas as the snow was melting and there were puddles everywhere). There was no slowing this guy down and I worked hard to keep up! He was so well behaved and avoided other people and dogs along the busy downtown streets. I tried to head up onto a bridge and he put on the brakes and let out a yelp! Okay, not that way I guess! Maybe Pirate knew something I didn’t. Instead, we cut through downtown which was an exciting detour to say the least... All within 5 minutes, we went past a big crowd of homeless people shouting about something, immediately followed by a crowd of protestors, and then witnessed a car crash! We stopped to give the lady my phone number as a witness and then continued on. By the end, both of us were doggin’ it (pun intended), and we slogged our way through the slush back home. Thanks for the adventure Pirate! The scoop: 6 pees, no poo.
DISTANCE: 7.53 km DURATION: 54:43
Yikes! In the beginning of our run, we were behind the Glencoe and Pirate started to pull. I thought he saw a squirrel or something, but when I looked where he was looking, my eyes fell upon a coyote about 30m away from us. It's sleek figure turned to look at us. Then it made its merry way down the hill, as it didn't want any trouble from us. I held Pirate close to me, as we continued on our way. Once the coyote distanced itself from us, I got the chance to peek over the ridge and take a few pics from a safe spot. Although they aren't very good photos, it was a very cool experience. Pirate ended up scaring the coyote away with a few barks. 0 poops, many pees.
DISTANCE: 8.94 km . DURATION: 1:03:39
Happy Tuesday, Pirate! It sure is nice to meet you, finally! You are too cute. I am loving his little white sock marking on his front paws; the cutest!! Not only is this guy very handsome, he's a real speedster too! We set our sails towards the awesome lookout above Mission and were full steam ahead from there. The view was well worth the hustle, it was a spectacular afternoon for a run. After a little photo op at the lookout, we soared down the hill behind the Glencoe and toward Stanley Park. Now, Pirate was a little worrisome crossing the Roxboro bridge, and I don't blame him. Those creeky noises are a bit scary but not to worry buddy I have a pocket full of treats waiting for you at the end! Pirate is such a good and brave boy; I was very proud of him! After this little adventure, we hurried through Stanley Park and then into Lindsay Park to top our loop off.
We saw lots of wildlife today, Pirate sure has a good eye for spotting all the critters! It was a lovely run, and I am so glad I was able to share it with Mr. Pirate. I hope to see this good boy again soon! The scoop: 10+ pees (I lost count, he was on a roll) and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 9.03 km . DURATION: 1:00:41
What a fast dog! I love running with Pirate. At one point, we reached 6.28 min/km. Not bad! As we ran through a park, he was mildly curious about the bunnies, but wow does he get excited over squirrels! It makes me laugh at how much he wants to chase them. I loved looking at all the beautiful Elbow River homes, and he loved gazing up at all the squirrels in the trees. When encountering other dogs along the way, he was sooo well behaved. Only one little bark out of him over the first dog we saw; otherwise he was pretty chill. We were so fast that we beat the the afternoon snowfall! The Scoop: 1 poo, 4 pees, and a couple of sprays.
DISTANCE: 8.23 km DURATION: 59:49
What a great afternoon for a river run! The weather was fresh and the paths relatively ice-free for Pirate and me. Apart from multiple stops at the beginning of the run to pee on almost every stump and lamppost (Pirate, not me), we kept a solid pace! We encountered three other dogs on our route, and I was very proud of Pirate when he has able to run past the third dog and not bark or charge! He was very curious at the millions of bunnies by the river, but still kept to the path with me. What a good boy! The Scoop: 1 poo, 3 long pees, and multiple tree/lamppost sprays.
DISTANCE: 9.15 km DURATION: 1:00:13
Hello again Pirate! I've been taking notes on your running form Pi. You are definitely one of our faster DGR dogs, and I think it's because you conserve a lot of energy when you run. You don't waste any energy with extra bounce in your step, so I took many pictures of you and tried to emulate this. Even your sniffing is efficient! One quick sniff, with barely a chance for me to catch my breath, and we're off again! There was one section on the north side of the river that must have had some alluring smells, because they needed more than just a quick sniff. Thanks for the running tips today Pirate! Scoop: one poop and 4-5 pees.
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).