DISTANCE: 7.40 DURATION: 1 hour
Well I guess it's getting pretty cold out these days! Rossi and I were good; especially Rossi who loves throwing himself into bushes and snow, but my phone wasn't having any of it so it died mid-way through our run today. It didn't really matter since we were on pretty much the same path from last time, but it is a bit concerning. What are we going to do when it hits below -30C? I'm sure Rossi would be done with that too. There is no amount of stairs or trail runs that we could do to get him outside then. Speaking of which, we had a great day on the Edworthy trails. There were no other dogs whatsoever and it was a winter wonderland atmosphere. The only downside I suppose, would be Rossi's frozen drool stuck to his face after. Great job again today, bud! The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
DISTANCE: 8.24 km . DURATION: 1:06:47
It was cold and crisp outside at 11:00 a.m. this morning. I knew Ross would be excited to have some fun through the snow and that the trails would be the perfect spot for us to go adventuring. It was a little chilly running through the Edworthy Woods which gave the whole place a suspenseful feeling. There were also some squirrels that absolutely were not happy we were there, but I think Rossi was very happy to bark at them as they chittered back. It was a very magical Monday morning with Rossi today and we came close to beating our record today. Nicely done Rossi! The Scoop: many pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 10.19 DURATION: 1:34:56
TODAY was a very long day for Rossi and me. It started off with a trail run through Edworthy like most runs; although this time we went a little further and hit the bridge that Lincoln and I visited this week. What a gorgeous view! I think Rossi just keeps getting easier to run and he always has a big smile on his face whenever we get to go out. No tugging back or pulling whatsoever with this guy, which is good because we always manage to hit the hills and the stairs on our runs. I hope you have an awesome weekend buddy! You are fantastic and I will always enjoy running with you.. The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
DISTANCE: 7.72 km DURATION: 1:03:41
Sorry Rossi, my feet were more like lead weights today. We still got ran pretty well and visited one of my favourite dog parks. It's basically a park on a slanted hill but it's pretty wide and has some interesting little pathways that I think Rossi enjoyed. He was also very well behaved, as always, and was extra drooly for treats. We'll have a much longer one on Friday, Rossi. The Scoop: 2 poops, several pees.
DISTANCE: 7.96 km DURATION: 1:02:52
Rossi was my second run today so I really didn't want to run in the wind or on concrete so we compromised our plans for the hills and took cover in the trees. It was a little icy but we were fairly careful and had a wonderful time! We got all the way to the outskirts of Bowness this time which was an amazing adventure. Rossi had so much fun running alongside the trains. I was a little freaked out but we were still very much covered and even got the perfect picture of Rossi just before the first one came by. The Scoop: 1 poop, several pees.
DISTANCE: 7.48 km. DURATION: 58:40
Rossi was a very excited pup this morning! He was really looking forward to our run and time along the river. We also went to his favourite spot along the pathways by Edworthy Park. It was much cooler in there. The ice was a little dauntingly but we were both really careful and had a fun time ducking and dodging through the trees. I think Rossi is still getting use to seeing other dogs on our runs so we're ignoring them for now. Other than a few stops, he was very focused on just having a fun run. We'll check out that big open field by the Children's Hospital next time! The Scoop: many pees, one poop.
DISTANCE: 7.80 km DURATION: 57:18
Well, no speed record breakers were broken today but we had a new goal! Today, I took Rossi some place other than Edworthy even though it's a great park. It's always nice to try something different. Someone even called him a handsome Boxer (which he is of course) so it was even better. Rossi was so sweet and gentle with their little Terrier. It was a bit of a trick turning him around enough times so he didn't know which way was home but I managed okay! He did eventually figure out my trick and was quick to turn us back home, so we were a bit short today. That's alright Rossi! We still had fun getting to know the area better, and it just goes to show he can pretty much go anywhere he wants so long as he doesn't get caught up in his head. The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
DISTANCE: 8.55 km DURATION: 1:01:35
Today, we broke our record for longest run, Rossi! I don't know by how much but it's got to be up there. It isn't too surprising when our other run was sort of haphazardly put together. However, today was a nice change of pace. We did Christmas Tree Trail again, and then Motorcycle Hill which is so hard to run up its terrifying. Then, we skidded back down to the main bicycle path and had some off-roading adventures. All in all, it was a very busy day and bit of a long but fun one. Rossi also had a chance to stick his head in the river before heading home so that was good too. The Scoop: 2 poops, several pees.
DISTANCE: 8.10 km. DURATION: 58:38
Today was a fantastic run for Rossi. This will be my official guidebook post to running Rossi, with all the tips and tricks. First, Rossi does not like running on concrete first thing out of the door, you have to take a back-way path through grass and trees to get him moving. He can be a little stubborn, but because we followed the Rossi guide, he was moving. The only times we stopped were on the stairs in Edworthy and if you say 'slow," he won't drag you when you have to go back down. Rossi LOVES trails, he is constantly moving his head and trotting like a horse; he gets so excited. I wanted to go down the bike paths by the river but Rossi looked at me with those great big googly eyes and he suckered me into doing this really crazy trail route instead. Hardly any coaxing was needed to get back, but treats certainly helped! Well done boy! You are an amazing athlete. I hope we can keep finding new paths for you. The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
DISTANCE: 6.87 km DURATION: 1:02:17
I was out on my own with Rossi today and although much of our beginning started out like last time, a lot of it was different! This time we went very deep into the woods with Rossi. The paths were remarkably empty of snow and other people so a lot of our time was spent seeing how far we could go before having to turn around. My phone froze up (thanks winter) so I couldn't open it to see how far we got, but we managed to keep going fairly steadily through very dense tree infested trails. Next time we'll head in the opposite direction to see where it takes us! Either way, I think both Rossi and I have a bigger and better appreciation for just how beautiful Edworthy is! The Scoop: 1 poop, several pees.
DISTANCE: 8.17 km DURATION: 1:00:49
A new day, a new dog! I've never run Rossi before but from what I've gathered, he is a cutie but a bit concerned about leaving his house for a run. We had a bit of tough go getting out of the gate at first but Ruth coaxed him on and I ran in front, However, he really seemed to get going once we were off the cement and onto the green grass. We thought to get me on his good side, we'd take him through trails. It was plenty of fun with obstacles and hardly any other dogs in sight. Rossi was very careful with both of us and went down and up the Edworthy stairs at a gentle pace. This guy was just raring to go after that so with a quick pit stop at the river for a drink, we ran the Christmas Tree Trail and headed home after that. Well done Rossi! This is your furthest distance with DGR as you went even a bit further before we started tracking! I have to agree with Ruth that we make a great pair and I look forward to running with you on Wednesday. The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
Runners: Ruth and Sarah
DISTANCE: 2.64 km DURATION: 25:55
Rossi is super lovable and sweet, but didn’t want to run today as he loves the friendly ladies that were at his home and wanted to visit them. So instead of running, we practiced his tricks and commands for awhile outside. He is very obedient with commands like sit, shake, and down. Rossi loves his rubs and scratches. He didn’t go potty today. Hopefully, we can see each other again and get moving more, I think he just needs to become more familiar with me. It was great to meet the big man!
DISTANCE: 7.19 km DURATION: 1:19:49
Here's the great news. Rossi had a wonderful second half of his run. He galloped. He jumped. He down right frolicked! And even better than that, speedy Rossi actually ran. The bad news is that we needed Ruth to join us for Rossi to turn on his zoomer. And he moved so much that there was little time to take more photos. So all we have today are pictures of Rossi from the first part of our outing looking somewhat disappointed, and quite sleepy. Perhaps it was the restful start to our run that allowed Rossi to get moving in the second. Perhaps the wind brought a lovely fall freshness to the air. Perhaps Ruth's delicious jerkey treats just made Rossi's heart sing. Whatever it was thankfully Ruth was able to turn that sad boy around. Have a good nap, Rossi. The scoop: no poops, 3 pees.
Ruth here. Thanks for letting me join you Sheri. I added some photos of Rossi from our second part of the run and he looks tongues-out tired and happy.
DISTANCE: 4.34 km DURATION: 53:27
Rossi and I had a wonderful first 2.5km, so let's split this blog up into two pieces, just like our run. The first half was glorious. Rossi and I ran up the hill from his house to find the perfect path for us to run. We continued in that space until Rossi changed his mind, and so we changed directions. Whenever we stopped, we had a quick scratch behind the ears (I loved this part) and then we kept on trucking. With Rossi's tongue dangling in the sunshine, how could we not have an amazing lunch date? But the second half of our run was not to be. Rossi knew exactly where he was, and knew exactly where to turn towards home. And we were certainly not running any longer. We would reset every time he stopped, where I would lead him walking in a circle, and that worked for a time. Until it didn't. We paused a few more times for 'sit' and 'down' tricks to distract, but little would distract Rossi from his homing beacon. So the good news, our first 2.5k was glorious with amazing sunshine, and a genuinely fabulous dog. But we will try again, Rossi. The scoop: no poops, just one pee.
DISTANCE: 8.13 km DURATION: 56:37
OMG Rossi, you can run! You were just pulling my leg on Tuesday, when you made me believe that you're not that into running. Was it because we ran west instead of towards downtown? Was it because there were less people out on the paths today? Is it because the couple of times you did stop, I waited for you to be ready to run, and gave a nice scratch behind the ear while I waited? Whatever it was, you ran 2km further in the same time frame today compared to Tuesday! A stellar achievement, for what I'm quickly learning is a stellar dog! Thanks for the workout Rossi! Scoop: 1 poop, 2 pees.