DISTANCE: 9.03 km DURATION: 58:18
It has been some time since I last ran the beautiful Skye so I was excited to be reunited with her. She was a bit timid at first but once I got her a treat and headed outside, she started to become more comfortable. It was fun for me also to explore my old haunts of Rocky Ridge so we did a mix of trail and pavement. Skye is such a lovely girl to run because she does not pull and gracefully runs at a steady pace. My main goal with her was to get a big smile by the finish. All of her poses were pretty regal and stoic until I got a smile at the end near a marshy pond. I knew it was in you, Miss Skye. Until next time...The scoop: 1 pee and 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.70 km DURATION: 1:00:51
Blue skies watch over me. Nothing but blue skies do I see. That was our theme song today as Skye and I took to the trails high above the Bow River this windy, sunny, Saturday morning. Skye was a little more assertive than usual today, insisting we take the winding singletrack trails -- up and down the hills -- that thread their way through the river valley rather than the paved pathway. She also favoured the soft grass whenever that was an option. Still, we had a wonderful run, the wind in our hair/fur and the sun in our faces. She was glad, though, when we reached the turnaround and headed back for home, where she knew a soft bed and a cool drink awaited her. Thanks for an awesome Saturday run, Skye! The scoop: only one pee for Skye today.
DISTANCE: 6.95 km DURATION: 59:12
Even though I had a late night, I was more than happy to get up early to meet Skye for the first time! I think I spooked her showing up on my bicycle with a helmet and sunglasses on. She growled the slightest bit at the door but once I knelt down at her level and let her sniff me, I could see a shift in her body language as she backed up to let me inside. I was blown away by the park along the hill in Silver Springs. The variety of trails, the numerous hills to climb, and a spectacular view of the hill across the river. COP really stands out this time of year with the only remaining snow in Calgary! I decided to zig zag through this park and explore as much as possible with Skye. She is very easy to run with which made getting up and down some of those hills in challenging terrain far easier than it could have been. She acts very delicately with her movements, and the way she interacts with people and other dogs is cool, calm and composed but always ready to spring into action if something wasn’t right. I kept her on leash today but could tell she would stick right by me if she was off-leash. Maybe next time! Hopefully I’ll have another chance to run with Skye! Thanks for a great start to the weekend! The scoop: 1 pee, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 10.23 km DURATION: 58:31
Looking up at the sky today, I couldn't wait for my first run with Skye. The forecast was looking great, and I've heard that this sweet girl likes to run. She was already enjoying some fresh air in the backyard with her cute, much older fur brother, Chester and her human 'dad' when I arrived. She gave a proper bark to let him know a complete stranger was walking into the yard, but after some friendly conversation, she happily let me leash her up and we were off. Seriously, we started running, and the only times we stopped were for a couple refreshing river breaks. (Side note: Looking at the third picture, Skye has an impressively long tongue!) We saw many dogs on our run today, and Skye did great with every one we passed. Finally, as we were looking up at her neighbourhood from the trails below, we both looked at each other and agreed a walk break was in order to get up that hill. We still made it home having ran over 10K in under an hour though, so great run Skye! It was a pleasure meeting you! Scoop: Nothing to report.
DISTANCE: 8.26 km DURATION: 1:00:18
Sunshine and Skye on a gorgeous Saturday morning. What could be better than that? I love running with this girl. She has such a consistent pace and she's always checking in with me to make sure all is well. Our run today took us through a new part of Silver Springs and into the ravine in Scenic Acres, then down to the Bowmont Park pathways. We had the trail pretty much to ourselves, except for a black Lab named Willa. Willa was off-leash and tearing up the hillside, leaving a cloud of dust behind her. Then she would rocket up beside Skye, hoping our girl would join her. Didn't faze Skye a bit; she was in her own world, enjoying the day on her own terms. As she paused briefly to look out over the river, I silently wished she could pull me up that steep trail! Great run, Skye! The scoop: one poo and one pee for Skye.
DISTANCE: 8.49 km DURATION: 1:00:44
Enjoying the sun, avoiding the big slush puddles, and making new friends. that's what today's run with Skye was all about. "Did you know there's a dog named Skye on Paws Patrol?" a little boy asks me while giving Skye a pet. "And guess what? He has a helicopter!" "Wow!" I say. I bet our Skye would like that for a belated birthday present! But, until then, she will have to stay content with getting her kilometres on her own four legs. And why not? She is a natural runner. What a joy to run with this girl, exploring the Northwest pathways. Thanks for the great workout, Skye. The scoop: one poo and one pee for Skye.
DISTANCE: 8.09 km DURATION: 1:01:12
Happy Birthday, Skye! Four years old today. And it is our second adventure together. As we passed small children on the pathway, I yelled, "It's Skye's birthday today," and they shouted back in reply, "Happy Birthday, Skye." She had a big dog grin on her face. Life is good. We took a new route through the neighborhood today on which we encountered ice, slush, gravel, and mud!!! That's right. One big loop around the duck pond and straight up the dirt trail that wasn't quite dry yet. But the sun was out; the temperature was above freezing; and the ducks were happily swimming. It was a beautiful day for a birthday run! The scoop: one poo and one pee for Skye.
DISTANCE: 8.05 km DURATION: 58:51
Skye spies three swans! Good morning, Skye! It's a pleasure to meet you. She wasn't too sure about me at first, but her concerns were overruled by her desire to run. And run she did! She took me around her block, then down to Bowmont Park for a lovely jog along the Bow. We ran into a 🐦 watcher, who pointed out the swans on the ice. Poor swans -- they were duped into thinking it would be spring in Calgary. Hey! We thought so too! On our way back, the same birder told us to watch for the Northern Shrike. Maybe next time. Skye is a beautiful, well behaved dog. We had a great time on our first outing. To make sure we didn't get lost, we came back the same way we went out. The scoop: one poo and two pees for Skye.
DISTANCE: 6.51 km. DURATION: 46:49
Good morning sweet Skye! Boy are you ever beautiful! She was a little nervous when I first came in and her human told me she's a bit shy with new people. That's okay sweet pea we can take our friendship slow. I bent down and let her come to me and a couple butt scratches later and a tentative face lick and we set off! It was a crummy, windy blustery kind of winter day but since Skye is part Husky, it didn't faze her at all. We took it pretty easy as the paths were the deadly trap of a fine layer of snow on top of sometimes sheer ice! It was only meant to be a 30 minute run but I wasn't ready to give her up and she seemed happy to be out too so we forged ahead! The trees with the hoar frost were awesome! So magestic...and even more so since almost no one was outside when we ran. Thanks for a perfect Friday Skye! Happy weekend. One poop, one pee.
DISTANCE: 10.01 km. DURATION: 1:07:22
My 3rd run of the day was with new DGR dog Skye, a gorgeous AARCS Rescue who is a Husky X. Technically, this was her consult run which is usually only a 30 minute outing but this doggy is a natural runner and as her mom is out with a hurt ankle, I thought I should get her nice and tired. At first, Skye was a bit fearful but once on our run, she was fearless and focused. She really is an easy dog to run with a consistent pace, nice tempermant and a joy for the outdoors. With a new dog, I also got to explore a new route that went to Baker Park. The sun was shining and the conditions were ideal. I thought I would be tired as all my runs today were back to back but when you have a running partner as amazing as Skye, a 10K is a piece a cake. The scoop: 1 poop and 4 pees. Welcome to DGR sweet Skye.