DISTANCE: 9.9 km DURATION: 1 hour 6 minutes
Rossi was at the door as always, ready to go. Once he got outside and realized it was raining, he wasn't quite as pumped. He seemed a little reluctant to run and happier to walk quickly at first. After we crossed the river however, he hit his stride and was really pushing the pace! He was happy to run on the path today and became very playful towards the end of the run wanting to wrestle with the lead and jump in the air!! 😆 . The Scoop: 5 pees. 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 8.5 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
After a bit of a standoff at the door, Rossi and I hooked up the leash and harness and off we went. No hesitation today in the neighbourhood. He didn’t try to head home before we got started so we headed to the river path and ran to Crowchild and back to Angel's stopping for pee breaks and a rest here and there. The weather was stunning and there were lots of dogs out! Rossi tried to say hi to everyone out there. But after he tired out a bit more, he left them to focus on the run. See you soon buddy. The Scoop: 7 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 9.21 km DURATION: 1:03:04
First day out with Rossi and he gave us a good workout. He hesitated leaving the first couple blocks; wanting to stay home with dad! Once we got onto the Bow River Pathway, he ran next to me the whole way... well until kilometer 7. When I slowed, he decided to give me some help and pulled me up the hills (lol). He was a great running partner. The train crossing was busy so he had to wait a minute or two and then off to the races again. Great day today Rossi. The scoop: 1 poo, 7 pees See you Wednesday!
DISTANCE: 6.46 km DURATION: 1:16:04
Rockin’ Rossi (tweet-tweet-tweet). Rock-rock- rockin’ Rossi (tweet- tweedilly- tweet) 🎶 I could go on and on because that’s what this handsome fella does! He makes me so happy I feel like singing ( but not out loud... terrible😂) Rossi decided that today was for socializing, walking, and snacking. It’s pretty hard to run and snack! No worries I’m here to support you in every way you could possibly need my friend😜 So we perused through the hood’ eventually making our way to the river for a quick slurp. On our way back up the hill, Rossi got a burst of energy and it was play-time!😆 SO CUTE! And we happily trotted on back to the comforts of home. Thanks for another delightful adventure Rossi! It was great to see again! 1 poo and several pees. CHEERS!
DISTANCE: 9.77 km DURATION: 1:27:28
What a beautiful boy you are Rossi! It was such a pleasure meeting you today. Rossi had a path in mind when he realized I was his running partner, so straight to Edworthy Park we went. Rossi was so well liked amongst the 2 legged and 4 legged friends we met along the way. We even stopped to smell the flowers. Rossi had no problems watering the grass, trees, and shrubs either 🤣. Thanks for such a lovely day Rossi😊🐶 The scoop: several pee breaks and one poop.
DISTANCE: 8.04 km. DURATION: 1:08:39
Today Rossi took it easy on me and we enjoyed a leisurely run through Edworthy Park. It was a gorgeous day to be out, which meant that it was SO crowded! There was lots for Rossi to look at - paddle boarders, rafters, other dogs, picnics, more dogs, swimmers, bikers, scooters, and even more dogs! Rossi was a star though and handled the crowds like a champ. He loved at the new smells that the crowds left, so there were lots more sniffing stops than usual today. We also tried to find less crowded beaches so that he could swim and drink. If there are other dogs, he always gets to distracted to drink! Silly boy. The big excitement today were a couple of roots that were just sticking out of the river - he tried very hard to get them but water kept going up his nose! I found it hilarious, he was more confused than anything as to why the sticks weren't budging. Sorry boy, we'll find you some sticks next time! It was a great run (as always) with my favourite Boxer - thanks Rossi! 1 poop, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.46 km DURATION: 1:24:31
What can I say about this handsome devil besides the fact that he’s AWESOME!!!😊 Rossi was a little low key today and in no hurry to get anywhere which was fine. I could tell the heat was getting to him not long after we started so straight to the river for a quick (not really😜) cool-down. We then carried on following the train tracks I felt like we were on an episode of The Littlest Hobo and I was his sidekick!😂 I know I’m old.... we finally made it to the trails and ended our journey with some lounging in and out of the water. Thanks for hanging with me Rossi! You ROCK!😘 2 poos and many pees. Cheers and have a fantastic long weekend!
DISTANCE: 6.95 km DURATION: 58:48
I had a wonderful run with Rossi today. It was quite warm and he didn’t want to run too fast today so we tried to find lots of drink and paddle stops on the way over to the Douglas Fir Trail and back. He responded well to voice commands today and was happy running alongside me on the grassy areas towards Angles Cafe!
DISTANCE: 7.84 km DURATION: 1:03:13
Wowza, Rossi - you have become quite the runner. Rossi used to be a bit of a homebody that needed convincing to get out on his run. Not today! He was right at the door waiting for his run when prospective runner Alison and I arrived. He is so loveable and we had a wonderful time exploring the pathways and trails. He really loved dipping his toes in the Bow and lapping up some water with his long tongue. I am also so happy to have found Alison to run Rossi as she applied to DGR after meeting Rossi while he was out with his regular DGR Runner. That is what I call serendipity. I think Rossi handpicked Allison. The Scoop: 1 poo and 1 pee.
Written by Ruth
What a joy to meet and run with Rossi! We had a lovely run along the river exploring away from the crowds. He moved pretty well in the heat; enjoying the shaded areas and was happy to have a paddle and drink in the river. I was incredibly impressed with how well he responded to me as a new runner. His gentle and fun nature made me feel very safe and comfortable. Of course, seeing him run with his tongue dangling in the wind and his head high - you know he is happy. The Scoop: lots of pees and a poo. Thanks Ruth and Rossi for showing me the ropes and the trails!
Written by Allison
Runners: Ruth and Alison
DISTANCE: 6.24 km DURATION: 1:09:31
This was my first time meeting Rossi and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the week!😊 At first he was like “ Who is this whack-a- doodle entering my home?” And then he was like “ Who cares she has delicious snacks!” Needless to say, we were best buds after that.😬 This handsome fella is a dude after my own heart! Maybe it was because of the warmer temperatures today but Rossi appreciates a good trail run just as much as I do. He also likes the ladies! He was sure hamming it up with the Red Bull Gals, so much so that he didn’t want to leave! I guess he likes them cuter and younger (not older and wiser)😜 On our way back, I tried to go a little farther but my friend stood firm on his decision that he was done. So we trotted on back the hill to the cool comforts of home. Thanks for a delightful adventure Rossi! 1 poo and several pees. Cheers! Looking forward to our next visit!
DISTANCE: 8.68 km DURATION: 1:03:32
Today I was late! But just in time for the rain! Rossi and I started our run the very second the rain started, but it was still warm enough that we were good to go! The wind did pick up a little so we headed into the trees as fast as we could and before we knew it we were both warmed up and sweating. Rossi kept looking back at me - I must have been breathing hard! The humidity is a bit much for both of us, as he had to stop for a couple water breaks even with the cooler weather. The last half was warm and in the sun, and we enjoyed running alongside each other, no hurry, no worries! Rossi loves trails so much that often when we're on a paved path he's in the grass beside it! With that in mind, we ended our run with some time on the nice wide lawns just north of the river. We flushed a rabbit which was very exciting for me but Rossi was cool as a cucumber. He's a champ in every situation - running him is just a dream. We scouted out some new trails for next time, and while Rossi wanted to go on them today, by the time our hour was up and we were home, he was more than happy to go directly to his couch! So funny! It was a lovely run Rossi. Thanks! I hope you had a great time! 1 poop, 4 pees, and 1 rabbit.
DISTANCE: 8.22 km DURATION: 1:01:53
Today Rossi and I explored some flatter paths closer to the river so that we could take a break from hills and let him cool down if needed. He was really happy to keep a good steady pace today, and loved all the river breaks. It was so crowded in Edworthy today though that I could hardly take a good picture of him because he was too busy people and dog watching! That's ok though! He had fun and that's all that matters! A benefit to all the people was that Rossi was constantly getting compliments! He was told he was handsome, beautiful, a 'good looking dog', and a good kitty(?)! I'm not sure where the kitty comment came from but we took it as a compliment! We stuck to shady sidewalks to get home, and once inside he was ready to go run again! Sorry boy! One hour is about all I can do! We said hi to his cat friend, and when I left, he cooling off in his nice cool house. I hope he had a great time today! I know I did! Thanks Rossi! 1 poop, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.14 km DURATION: 1:00:13
Well Rossi, we’ve had some pretty amazing runs in our time together. We saw all types of days ranging on all the spectrums, from the very coldest at -34 in February to a lot hotter just last week. Today, we went early while the sun was still out and the weather was lovely. Rossi didn’t need too many drinks in the beginning so we took his favourite route for our sort of last run together. Make sure to lead a couple of the other DGR runners that way! It’s almost like stepping into a secluded forest on the side of the a mountain, and although you have to be careful about the roots of trees and the occasional boulder poking out along the path, it’s well worth the ‘trip’ down. We ran all the way down to the train tracks and then headed straight back after a couple of minutes off=leash where we played in the long grass. Rossi doesn’t get too many chances to be off-leash, but when he does, he goes full tilt! I might see you again buddy and be good to your other runners! The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
DISTANCE: 8.26 km DURATION: 1:06:14
Today Rossi and I got a little bit off track in Edworthy, and somehow found ourselves completely off the trails! We had been exploring some new (to me) trails and everything was going well! He is so photogenic - I had to stop every time we saw downtown to get a photo. We also made lots of creek and river stops to cool both of us off. On one of those stops, we went down what looked like a path, but I think it might be a dry creek bed because we came out at the bottom on the other side of the fenced trail! Whoops! Rossi liked the adventure though - he even had to jump over a couple logs that were too low for him to wiggle under. We were happy to find the trail though. Bushwhacking is hard! We made sure to clean our feet in the river for the trek back home, and we ran in the grass for most of the way back. We got home in great time and distance, and I made sure he had some water before leaving. It was a great run for both of us! I love his mid-stride smiles up at me, and how easy and relaxing we can run together - he's a great partner! Thanks Rossi! 5 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 8.03 km DURATION: 1:01:09
Today I got to see my pal Rossi again! He was READY to go when I showed up, and had no patience for fussing with watches, phones, poop bags, sunglasses - when he's ready, he's ready! We headed into Edworthy Park to take in some of his favourite trails and sights, and so that we could stick close to the river for cool-downs and drinks. He is really good on the sidewalks and paths, but his heart is in the trails! He loved heading up and down Edworthy, and the deeper into the trees, we went the happier he was! He was so happy that any other runners we passed became his best friends, to the point where if they split off, he wanted to follow! We made a few pitstops at the river and the creeks that we passed over, and at one he saw two dogs swimming after a stick! He was very excited, but the lure of trail running was greater than staring at the two dogs and it was easy to keep going. He is a dream to run, even when we had to pass by his house to make 8km. I hope to see him soon, and I hope he had as great a time as I did! Thanks Rossi! 1 poop and 4 pees.