I had the pleasure of spending some time with two of my favourite pups, Ruby and Quincy! When I walked in to pick them up, Ruby graced me with kisses and Quincy flopped over for a belly rub. It was just like old times! We headed over to my house and the pups each picked one of my kids to hang out with. Taylor fell in love with Ruby, and Quincy and Ethan liked chillin' on the sofa together. My dog Juno had fun showing these two our backyard. There was a slight change of plans and I took a turn hanging out at Ruby and Quincy's house. The next morning I took them to a spot where Ruby and I have loved running together, the stormwater pond just behind the house. Again, just like old times. Thanks for the walk down memory lane! I can't wait to spend time with you both again!
Pet Sitter: Tammy
DISTANCE: 1.68 km DURATION: 45:00
Sometimes plans work out perfectly, and sometimes they don't. Sometimes Ruby is in the mood to run, and sometimes she's not. Today was the second type of day. So it was on to Plan B! It turned out to be more of a relaxed day for Ruby so we had a nice walk and played some tug o' war when she wanted to go one direction and I wanted to go another.
DISTANCE: 1.85 km DURATION: 43:30
Sweet Ruby was so excited to see me today when I arrived. I even got some of the fabled Ruby kisses! But when we hit the road, she quickly became more interested in sniffing the grass and watching cars and children than running. And when Ruby doesn't want to run, nobody is running! I wanted to take her longer but we came near her street and she became dead set on heading home. So we had a nice walk around the neighbourhood with some little run breaks scattered throughout. I think Ruby still had a great time even though our time was short. The scoop: four little pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 4.69 km DURATION: 57:15
Things that I love about Ruby: -How we bicker like an old couple about which direction we're going to go -how she acts like going for a run is her idea, not mine -when I slow for a walk break, she looks sidelong up at me and does this little pat-pat-pat with her feet to tell me she wants to keep running -how she decides that standing completely still is more important than getting a good run (even if we're in the middle of crossing the street!) -how she's always happy to see me, and I'm always happy to see her! The scoop: three little pees, no poops.
Runner - Jayne
DISTANCE: 4.33 km DURATION: 55:43
Hello sweet Ruby! It's been a while! Today's run was a slow one as I think Ruby wasn't very happy with me for being away for a few weeks. She insisted on walking lots and sniffing things and just generally not running. But we found our groove again towards the end, and I think we'll be back to normal by Thursday's run. See you soon Ruby! Two pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 3.71 km DURATION: 35:51
The key to running with Ruby is to just let her go wherever she wants to go and jog/walk at her own pace. We were on the path near the southern edge of Rocky Ridge when she decided to stop and sniff. Instead of rushing her, I just stopped and looked up. There was an amazing view of the Rockies that I would have paid less attention to if I just kept looking at Ruby. Lesson learned. Sometimes you should take a break from the job at hand and enjoy your surroundings. Thanks, Ruby. Three pees and no poops.
DISTANCE: 5.59 km DURATION: 47:40
It's been a while since I last ran with Ruby. As I entered her house, she came up to me with her toy. Then the parade came. I don't know their names, but a little guy lay at my feet asking for a belly rub. And two cats came out to see what was going on. But Ruby wanted to get going, so off we went. We got to the end of her street and the sniffing began. We never got more than a slow jog going but that was ok with me. I had no route planned, so we just went wherever Ruby's nose took us and turned around after 30 minutes. She must have known that we just came this way and didn't stop to sniff at all. We were making excellent time on the way back. Then we both stopped. There was a moose on one of the side paths just staring at us! I had to take a picture, but quickly went on our way. I didn't want to upset the big guy. Getting chased by a moose was the last thing on my to-do list. That was enough adventure for the day. We'll see you next time Ruby. Three pees and no poops.
DISTANCE: 7.02 km DURATION: 56:40
It is amazing what can happen in 56 minutes. I had not run Ruby in a while so I know she can be timid. As the photos portray, she went from not making eye contact with me, frequent stops with moments of not budging to running with a full on smile on her face at a pace of closer to 7 minutes/km. I love how her confidence grew and her trust in me grew by the minute. When I arrived at the house, I also got the pleasure of meeting the latest kitty cat who enjoyed helping me put on and take off Ruby's harness. I really enjoy the menagerie of animal at Ruby's so I took some extra time post run to give Quincy his belly rubs and play with the cats. Ruby was tired so after a few pats on the head, she went to find some water. In no time at all, Ruby warmed up to me. Thanks Miss Ruby Two Shoes! The scoop: 1 poop and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.46 km DURATION: 54:44
Our run today was off to an exciting start before we even left the house today! I walked in the door and Ruby, Quincy, and Cricket were all waiting for me! I said hello to the gang and gave everyone their pets and got Ruby ready to go. When I opened the door, Quincy decided he wanted to come too and he came out onto the porch! When I was trying to get him to go back inside, Cricket came outside too! So all four of us had to go back into the house so I could get everyone sorted, much to Ruby's chagrin. Finally just the two of us got out the door and off we went! Ruby had a great time sniffing and watching everything she could see, and then we took a little walk break to watch some kindergarteners play outside. Ruby loves to watch kids and I wonder if she's watching to make sure they're safe and happy. The two of us continued on our run and enjoyed the nice weather together. The scoop: one pee, no poops.
DISTANCE: 6.86 km DURATION: 1:03:00
Today Zenmaster Ruby's lesson for me was "stop and smell the roses." Or more accurately, "stop and smell all the dead grass and treasures in the soil now that the snow is gone." We were off to a very slow start as Ruby smelled everything she could find, but it was fine by me as I got my tushie kicked at yoga last night. Ruby's second lesson for me was "what you do for others will always be repaid" because after our slow start, we logged one of our fastest miles together ever! Ruby and I are developing a very special bond and, while sometimes I think that she thinks she's the one taking me out for a run, it's always a delight to see her. The scoop: one poop, two pees.
DISTANCE: 6.27 km DURATION: 55:07
Ruby and I weren't very pleased about the chilly weather today, but nevertheless we headed out! The Dream Team encountered some fun characters today out in the community of Royal Oak, including a dog who really wanted to be Ruby's friend, but Ruby was just not having it. We even got to help a couple by giving them directions! Ruby had a great time sniffing all the newness of spring. See you later this week, Princess Ruby! The scoop: two pees, no poops. (Dead iPhone battery, so we pulled one of the many awesome photos we have of Ruby from our archives.)
DISTANCE: 5.44 km DURATION: 57:33
Hello Ruby! Nice to see you again😊 Now I'm not sure if this sweetie pie remembered me but she gave me a kiss when I walked in the door (or maybe it's because my face was salty😁) Anyways we headed out rather slowly today I think Ruby was in sensory overload, the sun was shining, the snow was melting and there was a slight spring time smell in the air. Then we came across a rabbit! Clearly he new there was no danger with Ruby and me. The fellow got rather close. How brave, I thought. Then there was a lady looking for her lost pooch and of course Ruby and I had to coax the little brown gaffer named Duke to come with us and bring him home. (No I didn't get a picture. I got all caught up.) Well done Ruby! She's not fond of other dogs but she knew if we didn't help out he might get squished. Ruby and I headed for home and I tried to get in 6 km but this big dog came out of nowhere and sent us both right over the edge! So we headed back rather quickly after that.😳😂 Thanks for the adventure this afternoon Ruby! 6 pees for Ruby today.
DISTANCE: 6.85 km DURATION: 1:00:27
One of my favourite quotes is "be like a duck - calm on the outside, but paddling like the dickens underneath." I often think that Ruby perfectly embodies this quote. She is so calm and serene on our runs, but I can tell she is always hyper aware of our surroundings. She loves to go fast and through puddles, but is always noticing people, cars, and dogs nearby. Ruby is a wonderful running buddy and every time we go out, she teaches me something new. The scoop: three pees and no poops.
DISTANCE: 6.03 km DURATION: 59:43
Running with Ruby is always a lovely reminder to look at the beauty in the world. Watching the sunlight glint off her sleek coat, and the graceful way her feet land on the snow, and the way her ears fly behind her as we run through the neighborhood together. They are all things that remind me of how beautiful running is. Her serenity when we run keeps me centered. Nothing can catch us when we are running together. Namaste, beautiful Ruby! Ruby had three pees and no poops.
DISTANCE: 5.90 km DURATION: 52:06
Ruby and I are really finding our groove together! Today we walked to the end of her street before we started running, and I think that she appreciated having a few minutes to get comfortable before we started to run. She was very happy every step of the way, especially on those beloved hills of hers! We didn't stop at all, and she normally stops and sniffs at lots of things, so I think we've found a good pace for each other! The scoop: one pee and no poops.