DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 9.5 km DURATION: 1 hour 11 minutes
Rossi the snow connoisseur! What a fun run we had today. Rossi was in a very playful mood today. We had a little wrestle before starting our run and as soon as we stopped Rossi was right on the pace; leading the way towards the river. We decided to take the little single trail right next to the river and Rossi's nose was working over-time with all the new and old smells. Making good time along the path, we headed up to Montalban Park to get some off-leash time. There is no happier dog than a Rossi off-leash when there's snow on the ground. He leaps and jumps and sprints around. We had fun playing hide and seek around the large trees, with a bit of wrestling mixed in. Now that everything is frozen, drinks are hard to come by while out running and running is certainly thirsty work for Rossi! He had taken to sniffing and tasting snow everywhere we go. He likes to bury his face in it to check if it's acceptable, then he gets a mouthful to quench his thirst. It makes me laugh because he gets snow stuck all over his face! After a long run and play in the park, we headed for home via the hospitals. Rossi always has a sense for when time is up and often picks up the pace in the last 10 minutes. Not sure if he's keen to get back on the sofa or he just likes making me run faster after slowing him down in the deeper snow . The Scoop: 2 poos, 6 pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #3
DISTANCE: 8.4 km DURATION: 58 minutes
Full steam ahead! It was quite brisk when we started this morning so we headed uphill first to get warmed up straight away. Rossi was firing on all cylinders, I was more like a steam train taking a while to get up to pace. There were a few times on the way to the West Campus pond that Rossi gave me the 'hurry up' look as we chugged up the hill. The pond is almost entirely frozen over so no ducks to say hi to or a quiet drink to be had. Rossi was haulin' round the pond and got very frustrated when I had to stop and re-tie my shoe laces. When we were ready to start going, he started pulling; steam coming out of his mouth as he tried to get my sorry butt up to speed . From the pond, we headed over to Montalban off-leash. Rossi loves this park because it is a big open space and he can hurtle back and forth and still see me no matter which direction he goes. We pretty much had the place to ourselves and he made the most of it sniffing everything then sprinting to catch up. We headed from the park down to the river for a drink. Rossi was quite happy for the short break and sip. When we got back up on the path he was refreshed and decided to race the runner who was just behind us. Every time the guy tried to pass, Rossi ran faster 🤣. Needless to say, our trip back to the house was a little faster than expected! On the whole, we made good time today! Sorry I struggled to keep up so much today Rossi, I promise my legs will be fresher on Monday morning. The Scoop: 4 pees, 1 poo.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 7.4 km DURATION: 52 minutes
What a difference a few days make! Friday we were in t-shirts and +17, but today we had 2 jackets and -10C. Rossi wasn't too worried about the cold snap though and was bounding straight out the door and down the street. We had a nice smooth run through the streets to the off-leash park. Rossi was so full of energy when I unleashed him that he took off like a cannonball! Somebody must have let the secret out about how good Karl Baker Park is because there was a lot traffic there again today. Rossi approached a dog on leash (while I was picking up his poo) and to my relief he had a good sniff and then became playful with the dog. Phew! This is the first time I've seen him interact with a dog off-leash so I'm quietly optimistic we can stop avoiding dogs in the off-leash in the future. Given I was 50m away when all this happened, I was very happy when I called him to come and he came hurtling towards me with a big grin on his face! We enjoyed a good run through the park still before heading over to the hospital and on to the pond. The wind really picked up as we were crossing the bridge over 16th. Rossi's ears were being blown all over the place and my cheeks were stinging, we were running straight into to the wind. At one point, Rossi turned to look at me as if to say "Why are we out here?!" Ha ha. We had a record fast trip around the pond as there were no ducks out to say hi to and I think Rossi was keen to get back to the sofa. Motivated by the thought of warmth, Rossi picked up the pace on the way back. He ran so fast I had to extend our run to make sure he got enough exercise in. He wasn't overly impressed by this but all was forgiven when we were back in the door and I had the treats in my hand. Great run today Rossi! The Scoop:
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 7.7 km DURATION: 60 minutes
Frankie says relax! Who turned up the heat? I don't think Rossi or I expected it to be so warm today so it took us a while to hit our stride. Once Rossi got a sniff of the off-leash park he was into the rhythm of things though and was bounding this way and that. It turns out someone turned up the heat in the dog park today too as there were dogs in every direction we turned. We still got a good run in but certainly missed having the place to ourselves 😉. Running in the 'heat' was thirsty work so we headed down to the river for a long drink. I was quite impressed with how Rossi responded to my voice commands and also didn't react when seeing other dogs, he was happy running along; tongue flapping in the wind. We ran a nice relaxed pace along the river path up to the crossing at Memorial and Shaganappi where we were stopped and waited for the lights to change. When the walk sign changed, there was a man on a bike who crossed with us, Rossi thought he might try to keep up! He set off up the hill at break-neck speed, we were doing 3.45 km's at one point and all I could think was "Frankie says relax!!!!!" 😳😵 Had I not been strapped to him there's no way I could have kept up!! Needless to say, we were both breathing pretty hard when we arrived back on the door step! The Scoop: 7 pees, 1 poo.
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DGR RUN OF THE DAY # 2
DISTANCE: 8.2 km DURATION: 1 hour 2 minutes
Working on our windswept look... Rossi was full of beans today! I was cold setting out and was hoping to warm up but not with this energetic pooch! From the moment we crossed the street, he wanted to jump and play. It took me a few minutes to calm him down so we could run without him wanting to wrestle 😂. Today's run took us west along the river path. The breeze was cool on the face but with Rossi running his usual brisk pace I warmed up in no time. He did a great job of staying focused during our run on the path; not being too bothered by the dogs we passed. After a quick drink in the Bow, we headed uphill to the Montalban off-leash. There are a number of major roads to cross and Rossi sat patiently each time without too much encouragement! When we got to the park, I managed to get Rossi to sit for a picture, I had unhooked him and he was waiting with excitement for me to give him the go ahead to run free! As usual the off-leash run energized Rossi. He loved running this way and that with a big grin on his face, and tongue out of course. It was windy up on the hill and Rossi's tongue often flapped in the wind and hit him in the face 😂 We managed to snap a lucky shot of the two of us sporting the wind swept look before leaving the park 😉. We made good time on the way past the hospital; stopping in at the duck pond for a long drink before continuing on home. Gallivanting around off-leash is thirsty work! Thanks for getting me moving today Rossi! The Scoop: 5 pees, 1 poo.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 10 km . DURATION: 1 hour 3 minutes
It may have been raining but that didn't dampen Rossi's enthusiasm for a run! We headed down towards Crowchild crossing the river just in time to race the CP train. Rossi wasn't bothered by the noise of the train or bridge works and picked up the pace! Given there was minimal traffic in the park, I thought we should give off-leash a go. I unhooked Rossi and he ran beside for a few seconds then bounded off! Every time I called him, he came straight back!! He was so happy to be running freely and I was so impressed, he didn't stray far from trail and always looked back to make sure I was following him. I'll admit that not being leashed to him meant I had my work cut out for me trying to keep up 😉. At the end of the off-leash area, Rossi did not resist going back on leash, I clipped him back on and he started running again! We had a great run back through Edworthy Park and along the river with Rossi hardly noticing any of the dogs we passed (miracle!). He became very playful on our way back wanting to wrestle with his lead and jumping up in the air. Love the energy of this dog! 😂 Once we returned, he was happy to let me towel him off. In fact, he seemed to quite enjoy it and kept nuzzling me to get me to keep going. Ha ha, big softy! We ran pretty much continuously for the duration of the hour, so it was a very successful run! Way to go Rossi!
The Scoop; 4 pees, 1 poo.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 7 km DURATION: 59 minutes
Hot in the city! After Monday's intensity run, it was a relief that Rossi was happy to run a relaxed pace today. We headed over to Karl Baker Park and zigzagged through the park following Rossi's nose. There were so many smells! The dog traffic got a little heavy, and it was hot so we headed for the river so Rossi didn't trip over his tongue 😉. I'm pretty sure those people who jump off mountains in a wing suit to get a rush have never had to run down a very steep embankment with a VERY thirsty 66 lb. Boxer strapped to them 😳. Luckily, he didn't take a running leap into the water so I avoided going swimming with him! Running along the river is one of his favourites on a hot day as it's nicely shaded, there is not too much traffic, and he can get in and out of the water when he wants. Rossi ran really well on leash today, without getting too excited when we passed dogs. The Scoop: 7 pees, 2 poos
DISTANCE: 7.3 km DURATION: 1 hour 1 minute
It was great to meet and run Rossi today, I think it took him a little while to figure me out, but once we got going we were on fire! We pushed it up the big hill to the hospital and I wish I could have known our time for that segment because it felt awesome! This guy sure can run. He's always got a goofy face on, when his tongue hangs out when he pants. It always looks a little too big to fit in his mouth! Around the 40 minute mark, Rossi seemed to slow down a bit, though he may have just noticed how close we were to home. We had to make some evasive maneuvers since as we still had lots of time to go! I hope I did Rossi justice as his runs with Allison and others look totally epic, I know I got great workout today! The Scoop: 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.0 km DURATION: 1 hour 8 minutes
Rossi was full of beans! New route #2. What a greeting I got from Rossi today., Boy, he was excited to go for a run and run we did! I let Rossi choose the route today as we wove our way through the streets to Crowchild before heading up the hill to Carl Baker Park. We had a lovely time weaving through the trees exploring the trails in the park. Still full of beans, Rossi headed up to West Campus Park for a drink and a lap round the lake before heading full speed for home! He ran really well on leash today. Way to go Rossi! The Scoop: 7 pees, 3 poos.
DISTANCE: 9.5 km DURATION: 1 hour 5 minutes
New Route #1 = New Rossi Today was a bit of the old mixed in with a bit of the new. We started up towards the Children's Hospital and there was no easing into it. Between pees, we were clocking 5.25 min/km. This dog sure keeps me honest. The GPS was off today as we actually did 2 laps round the lake at West Campus Park. At one point, Rossi was so happy he was galloping among the flowers, I tried to video but it didn't work unfortunately . We had quite the adventure on the hillside then finding new trails on Montgomery Hill. We even came across a bike skills park but Rossi was not keen on the little bridges! We actually covered about 9.5km today so hopefully he's pretty tired this afternoon. We finished off with the old familiar path by the river, going down for a well earned drink. Rossi pulled a little when we passed other dogs but for the most part, was really good. The Scoop: 8 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 8.8 km DURATION: 59 minutes
A spring in his step! Rossi was ready and waiting when I arrived. I got a full height greeting, almost knocking me over, you gotta love dogs! No games today, he sat straight down for me to put his harness on and we were off. We took a different route today, hoping to get a more continuous run in today since it wasn't as hot. We made it all the way to Shouldice Park Dog Park and back before stopping for a drink and paddle in the river. The Scoop: 5 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.4 km DURATION: 59 minutes
Hot dog! Rossi gets more playful every time I run him. Today, he was excited when I got there then made it a challenge for me to get his harness on! Ha ha. Eventually, he came to the door and even though it was a hot one, it didn't stop Rossi from having a great run! He made lots of friends along the way; taking a paddle here and there and offering some advice to some passing rafters!! He had a couple of poos today with the first solid then the next few liquid. He was moving well for the whole time considering the heat and we stopped for a drink a few times but only in the river. That dog sure does love to swim. The Scoop: 7 pees, 3 poos.
DISTANCE: 8.4 km DURATION: 1 hour 10 minutes
Rossi the stair master! I started with really sore quads and Rossi let me ease into it; enjoying running by the river and taking the occasional drink. When we got over to the Douglas Fir Trail however, he set a cracking pace up and down the stairs, he wasn't letting me off the hook today and made sure I climbed and descended at a respectable pace! He had me praying he would need to stop for a pee 🤣. I love the energy of this dog and the smiles you get with that tongue out when he's really hitting his strides!! Of note, his second poo was runny. He was otherwise moving well! The Scoop; 8 pees, 2 poos.
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.