DISTANCE: 6.36 km DURATION: 44:25
Skye was all tail wags when I arrived to take her out for her run. We took a steady pace as the weather was undecided about what it was going to do. Half-way through our run, we noticed a large rabbit and a Dachshund. Skye was not interested in socializing and want to keep to her run. It was all smiles until it started to snow. The snow was coming down quite hard so we started to head back. By the end of the last kilometre, Skye wanted to go home and get out of the snow. We were both covered in snow by the end. I gave Skye a good wipe-down and let her rest. Scoop: no poop, no pee.
DISTANCE: 6.09 km DURATION: 59:59
Hello Skye! I was so excited to meet her! We made a good pair today - her with her hurt paw and me with my sore knee! We'll have to have another run when both of us are feeling better so we can stretch our legs a little bit! This sweet girl wasn't too sure about who I was or why I was there. She sort of thought that maybe I might be her runner, but I could also very easily be a dognapper so she kept giving me a pretty good side-eye over her shoulder for the first little bit. I promise I am supposed to be there girl! As the run progressed, her lovely smile came out and we had a great time - although she kept trying to lead me back home - maybe to wait for her 'proper' runner? So funny! She is a dream on a leash and a wonderful running companion. We took in some gorgeous mountain views, visited a fence that from the looks of the brown grass all along it, it's the Rocky Vista version of a doggy bulletin board, and we tried not to get stuck inside any gated communities. When we got home, her Dad and her adorable little 15 year-old Schnauzer friend were just finishing their walk. Skye seemed to look at me as if to say 'see, I knew you weren't the person who was running me, Dad was' and her smile turned into a very serious face. Thanks girl! I'm glad I have proof that you enjoyed your run with me! Such a sweet, funny dog. I really enjoyed running her and I hope she enjoyed running with me too! Thanks Skye! 1 pee and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 6.67 km . DURATION: 56:17
I was very happy to get outside and hit the breezy trails with Skye! I was told by her mom that Skye’s paws were pretty tender after a solid run last week, so I was requested to do a half walk/half run, 6-7km exercise today. And that’s exactly what we did! My body wasn’t feelin’ 100% today either, so I think it was a great choice for the both of us! With the fast-receding snow, we were able to find some great dirt trails to run on alongside the main paved path, and tried to stick to the brown and well-packed down grass where the dirt trails ended. What a nice change from snow and wet feet! The Scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 10.03 km . DURATION: 52:12
Hey Skye! She was barking when I was opening the door, but once she saw my face, she became friendly. Skye was definitely excited to enjoy this beautiful day, and so was I! Starting off with Skye is always a little bit of an obstacle. She doesn't misbehave. No, she's a great dog. She's just flippin' fast! It took my sore legs 4km to get in the swing of things. Throughout the run, Skye was great at keeping up (I was pretty great at keeping up with her too). We ran through quite a few puddles today so when we got back home, I gave Skye a good wipe-down. I saw her paw was bleeding so I dipped the towel in the water and tried to clean it up a bit without hurting her. I don't know if she had the cut on her foot before or if it happened during the run, because at no point did Skye limp or complain. Great job today girl! 0 poos, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.08 km DURATION: 1:02:10
It feels like summer out there today! I couldn’t believe I had to strip my jacket off in favour of my tank top! It felt great! And Skye seemed to enjoy the sun as well. Today, we took to the slopey trails on the ridge along Tuscany, with its beautiful trees and occasional views of the Bow River. We encountered a couple of other dogs along the way, and even some cyclists. I felt so proud to run alongside a beauty such as Skye. We put in a great 9k run today! The Scoop: no pees or poos. Skye’s dad was there when I arrived so I’m sure all that already happened!
DISTANCE: 7.13 km DURATION: 58:57
Skye and I met for the first time. We decided to take a run around the houses. We took some pathway up. We came to the top of this road and we were admiring the beautiful rocky view in front of us. You could see amazing mountains! But Skye was more interested in running than admiring, so we continued. She was really enjoying it. Then we took some road around the houses, took a couple of photos and decided to go back home. It was a really nice trip with Skye. She had one poop.
DISTANCE: 8.92 km DURATION: 59:18
As I was walking from my car to Skye’s house, the wind hit me in the face, and in that moment I regretted volunteering myself to run Skye today. BUT! We had such a great run. No regrets! I got to visit with Skye’s owner, and little Chester, their other doggie before setting off. The sun was out today, but that wind was fierce! We set off on a good pace on the paved (and plowed!) bike path that runs close to Stoney Trail, wrapping around and up some nice hills. Skye and I stopped at the top to enjoy the view of the crisp mountains! I thought a discarded doggie poop bag on the trail would inspire her, but nope! She just wanted to run. And what a fun and fast dog! No pulling or diving off the trail suddenly; just a lovely companion to run and face the freezing winter air with. I would run with Skye again in a heartbeat! The Scoop: nothing! But I was told Skye had been on two walks already that morning.
DISTANCE: 8.31 km . DURATION: 52:02
Wowza! That was a fast 7K run! I was thankful Skye let me heal my legs with a walked 8th kilometre. Today was truly beautiful, I tell you! Finally, a day suitable for just a hoodie and a toque. Bluebird skies, and sun's a blazing, makes for one happy boy and one happy dog. I'm really glad we did a "cool down kilometre" because the wind started to pick up and I was not trying to keep up our pace against it. I was thankful for my Icebugs today because crossing streets was even a struggle with them on. Be careful on the roads everybody! Thanks Skye! It's always a pleasure. 1 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.09 km DURATION: 1:08:18
Guess what? Today is an exciting day for Skye because she gets to meet a brand new runner! When I first walked through the door, she was a little bit shy and timid, but as soon as I gave her a treat, she was good and ready to go. She got leashed up, and then we went on our very first special run together. It was really cool for me too as I had never been in the beautiful neighbourhood of Rocky Ridge before, and it was so beautiful to see the mountains right there in front of you. I think Skye felt the same way as well! I am so impressed with Skye, she was energetic, yet very well-behaved, and always looks back to see that you are keeping up with her. She never pulls which is amazing! The scoop: 1 pee and 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 10.05 km . DURATION: 54:15
Skye was not shy at all today. She even came right up to me to let me clip her onto the leash. It was a super cold start to our run mainly because we weren't warm yet. Once we got going, we were nice and toasty. Today speed meant warmth, so we were a lot quicker than the last time we ran together! Towards the end of the run, the wind picked up quite a bit, which froze all of the perspiration on my clothes from my sweat. My toque was stiff by the end of the run. When I was typing in the code, I leaned up against the doorframe, and my fleece jacket actually stuck to the frame like a tongue to a frozen pole. Luckily, the Fire Department didn't have to be called... and no, Skye didn't triple-dog-dare me. Skye was a trooper indeed today as she just maintained pace and was focused the whole time. She is such a great pup to run with indeed! 0 poops, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 7.13 km . DURATION: 55:03
Stranger danger was Skye's first reaction when I opened up the door, so I did my best dog whispering to show her that I'm a friend not a foe. I let her sniff my hand, gave her a gentle pet, got her on the leash, and we were off. She is such an easy dog to run with! It was so nice because it ended up being my second 7km of the day. Our run together was fantastic and pretty chill. We walked, we ran, and we absorbed the beauty of the day. Although, the wind at the top of that ridge was harsh, the view made up for it. We could see the Rockies, downtown, Canada Olympic Park, and the sun beamed over where the land met the sky in the distance. My photos don't do that gorgeous scenery any justice. Great run Skye, it was nice to meet you! 0 poo and 1 pee.
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.