DISTANCE: 9.06 km DURATION: 1:00:19
The grey clouds threatened rain and blocked out our mountain views this morning, giving us a chance to appreciate the more near-sighted beauty of Rocky Ridge. Our run started at a strong pace with Bowen’s enthusiasm leading the charge. During the later parts of the run, we slowed down and took some time to stop and smell the roses. The wet summer sure has the flora blossoming with colour! The rain held off and the sun started to break through by the end of our run leaving us (Talus, Bowen, and myself) with big smiles plastered on our faces. The Scoop: plenty of pee breaks and a poop each for Talus and Bowen.
DISTANCE: 8.00 km DURATION: 1:00:50
Hip Hip Hooray! I got to be reunited with Talus and Bowen who had moved to BC. These dogs are true athletes and I always get a workout and huge grin on my face when I see them. They greeted me like I had been lost at sea and then found! Athletic DGR Runner Lauren joined us for our run and we hit some pathways with gorgeous mountain views. I tried to stop for water at Cafe Fresco which normally has doggy H2O bowls but there was a For Sale sign on the property. We slowed our pace a bit and made our way towards home for hydration there. The Scoop: poops for both pups and lots and lots of pees. What a fun time with Tally, Bo Bo, and Lauren; all true athletes!
Runners; Ruth and Lauren
DISTANCE: 8.77 km DURATION: 1:22:47
Today was my first run with Talus and Bowen. Both were waiting at the door when I arrived and VERY excited. There was lots of jumping around and kisses. As we headed out the door both dogs bolted down the street so I'm sure the neighbours had a laugh seeing me being dragged for a good block. We took about a KM or two to get used to each other as both dogs wanted to start at a full run and I was trying to get them into a rhythm. Eventually, they did settle down and stopped quite a bit to sniff and have little pees. The rain was much lighter so that was nice, it was a bit of a comedy of errors as well. One of the dogs had a poop and it took forever to find a bin, with it being so wet the bags split and I had dog poop on my hands and some on my clothes....so I'm doing laundry ASAP lol. Oh well, these things happen. We made our way around some paths in Rocky Ridge and added a bit on to make up for a slow start. Talus did slow down at the 5km mark and stayed beside or behind me for the rest of the run, Bowen was ready to go at all times with loads of energy. We finished strong and I think and hope both puppies were happy and tired....I know I am. The Scoop: Bowen had a poop but Talus did not. Both dogs made loads of stops to have little pees along the way.
DISTANCE: 7.83 km DURATION: 56:02
Record heat meant Talus and Bowen were not going to break any speed records for their final DGR run with me. That is okay as it gaves us time to just be in the moment and a shorter run meant we could have some soccer ball fetch in the backyard. Our actual run had moments of speed, leash tangling, and Bowen wrestling Talus so basically the usual shenanigans! There are so many bodies of water in their hood but a lot of them are stormwater ponds where dogs are not allowed so Talus found a small dirty puddle to roll in and she was in heaven. I had a great visit with their family once back at the house. Bowen even gave me a beautiful 2 paw hug and walked me to the back gate. Silly Tally was too focused on getting another ball toss. Love you poochies! The scoop: 1 poo each and a bazillion pees. Enjoy Vancouver; it is a dog's paradise. I know we will meet again but if you mom wants to send updates; that would be fantastic!
DISTANCE: 10 km DURATION: 1:04:37
I have only 2 more runs with Talus and Bowen before they move to Vancouver and today was one of them. I tried my best to savour the run in this smoky weather. Bowen and Talus were in the backyard when I arrived and they were jazzed! They were both jumping in the air and kissing me. Once we started running, Tally was really on a mission. Both of their speed got so fast I thought I might be dragged down one hill. Woah! Where are you going in such a hurry? I knew the answer to this question - one of the nearby lakes for a swim. I am a water baby myself so I was tempted to join them. Due to our early start, we went a bit longer but a few blocks from home, Tally had a bit of a limp. I am not sure if her paw stepped on a prickly bush or she just pulled a muscle from her early sprint. Rest up girl! Tomorrow is our last run for a bit. The scoop: no poops but every time Tally peed (7-8 times), Bowen peed on top of it. These two make me laugh! I will see you both tomorrow and we can get in some soccer post run.
DISTANCE: 7.57 km DURATION: 58:39
Coming to see Talus and Bo is sure a confidence boost as they are always SO excited to see you when you come for their run! They were sure full of beans today and had a great time looping around the lakes of Rocky Ridge! We stopped at the biggest lake so they could splash along the shore, and roll in the grass. There was lots of sniffing today, especially along the houses. Apparently there are lots of interesting things to check out! They were two peas in a pod as they bounded along, swinging from one side to the other. Bo was as playful as ever, and needed a few reminders that biting his sister while on leash isn’t the best idea 😊. We played some soccer in the backyard when we got back, and Bo had some water from the hose. Thanks for another great run you two! Doggy Business: Talus had 1 poop, many pees. Bo had 0 poops, many pees.
DISTANCE: 7.53 km DURATION: 1:02:13
These doggies were ready to go today! 🐶🐶 I was greeted by some aggressive tail wagging and whimpering when they realized it was run time! We set out with a hearty “Good Luck!” from their brother. Off I went with Talus and Bo bounding along, wrestling with each other until we got to the trail at the end of their road. As we hit the trails around Rocky Ridge, there was lots of stopping and sniffing and playing and visiting. We didn’t cover quite as much distance as usual because there were so many mini stops along the way. Today was more about the journey than the destination 😊. We stopped in at a duck pond at our turnaround point for the two dogs to cool-down. They happily splashed along the shore. On our way back, Talus was happily tuckered as Bo pulled along. I think he would do very well in a marathon as he just reminds me of the Energizer Bunny; no stopping for him! Thanks for a great run! See you Wednesday. Doggy Business: many pees for both and 1 poop for Talus.
DISTANCE: 10.09 km. DURATION: 1:02:30
Today, Tally, Bobo, & I were on a mission to find all 5 lakes in Rocky Ridge/Royal Oak area. After all my runs with this dynamic duo, I know one thing for sure: they love the water! As you can see from the map, we touched along the points of 5 lakes or bodies of water. I let the pooches off-leash to run in the water, and thought the cattails (which is Bowen's favourite part). Talus pretended like she was going to catch some ducks but she came right back to me when I called her. I only have a few more runs with these pooches so I want to make them last. We got a 10K in and had a great time. The garage door was not workings we slid underneath it and felt like we were in Mission Impossible. The run ended with some backyard ball time. Oh, how they both love this worn -out ball! The scoop: 2 poops ( kinda runny) and 5-6 pees at last count. DGR Runner Andrina is going to run you next week but the following week you are all mine before you move to Vancouver! P.S. I forgot to mention, Bobo found a milk bone before the run but was more interested in running than eating it. Impressive!
DISTANCE: 9:04 km DURATION: 59:12
Good morning Tally and Bobo. Your mom told me that Miss Talus had a hard night yesterday as she is afraid of thunder. She has a thunder jacket but she also lies in the bathtub when she hears thunder. Well, we all have our fears. One of mine is bears and flying. Today, I think Bowen was afraid of a big tractor we went past. The good thing is we had each other to feel safe. Our run had a mix of pathways around lakes and some pathways that brushed up against the back of homes. Today, it felt like we were on parade as all these dogs were in their backyards barking at us as we ran. I would like to think they were just jealous that we got to go for a run. A pretty steady run with Bowen wrestling with Talus only 2 times. The scoop: a bazillion pees and 1 poo each. Have a lovely weekend without thunder!
DISTANCE: 7.35 km DURATION: 1:04:06
Good morning Tally and Bo! I think this heat wave is messing with my head as I have been so forgetful and slow moving these days! Is it messing with either of you? I forgot to bring a second lead or a water bottle. So given all that I know you're both used to running 10K's with Ruth but we are going to take it down a notch. Number one priority was to search for sources of water. First, a man helped out with his garden hose, then we found a couple of lawn sprinklers, and finally, we discovered that Rocky Ridge has 5 lakes! This with many breaks got us through our heat wave run. The other thing that buoyed our spirits were the many compliments Tally and Bo got from other dog owners today... "They're so cute... so well-behaved... etc." I nodded acknowledgement that I agreed. Scoop: one poop each (Bowen's was quite soft) and many pees for both.
DISTANCE: 8.97 km DURATION: 1:00:57
What a beautiful day for a doggie run! Talus and Bowen took me on a big loop of their awesome neighbourhood trails and we spent some time taking in the view of the city from the high points. These two were very well behaved, even when we were running along a busy road. Bowen only wanted to wrestle with Talus once, and tried chewing the leash a couple times. It was a hot one this morning! Talus found a shady spot to sniff, and then decided to take a little lie-down break to cool off. Bowen took this opportunity to get some extra attention 😊! Both dogs were eager to get home when we got to the last few blocks. They excitedly chased the soccer ball and gulped down water in their backyard. Thanks for a great run you two! Doggy Business: Bowen: 1 poop, many pees. Talus: 0 poops, many pees.
DISTANCE: 8.61 km DURATION: 1:03:59
Talus and Bo were very excited to get going this morning! We headed right to the pathways, and they showed me around their neighbourhood. Bo perked up when cars passed, but didn’t react to them other than that. We jogged down to the C-train station, and continued along the pathways to make our way home. Bo decided on the way back that he would like to wrestle instead of run, but we got him back on track quickly 😊. The two sniffed at dogs that we passed, but were very well-behaved and polite as we went by. The two seemed to have a bit less energy as we turned into their neighbourhood. They were dropped off in the backyard to spend the rest of the day with their grandma! Thanks for a great run Talus and Bowen! Doggy Business: Bowen had 1 poop, many pees. Talus had 0 poops, many pees.
DISTANCE: 8.28 km DURATION: 54:55
In my opinion, it was a pretty drizzly and miserable day for a run with Talus and Bowen. However, in Tally and Bobo's opinion, it was a perfect day to run and boy did they had energy to burn. We did our golf course route and there was a lot of sniffing and stalling to start but then they were on fire. One thing I noticed today was Bowen's desire to chase cars. We were in a remote area so there was not much traffic thankfully but for every car that passed, I had to shorten my hold on the leash as Bowen wanted to lunge after it. This is definitely a dangerous habit so I spent some time distracting him and correcting him. All in all, a great run with these soggy doggies. They also did not seem to notice my big shiner I got on the weekend when my head hit a rock while trail running. They did give me some kisses. The scoop: no poops and lots and lots of pees. I hope you like how I spiced up some of the photos today using the Prisma app.
DISTANCE: 8.36 km DURATION: 55:19
I was told that Talus and Bowen could sense it was a run day and they were eagerly awaiting my arrival. An early morning run started out as a sniff session. Both pups have a strong hunting instinct so they were able to sniff out some bunnies and gophers. It was a good thing they were on-leash during these sightings as they surely catch these critters. Tally did find a few dead creatures that she wanted to roll on. Yuck! I was a bit indecisive about where to go today but we did make a photo stop at the Mormon temple. We also hit some trails off the beaten path and I could tell the pups wanted to venture down to the water but I did not want them to get wet and dirty on moving day. We were relatively tangle-free most of the run and we finished with a smooching session on the front step. The scoop: no poops and a bazillion pees including one that landed on Bobo's head. Yuck! Thanks for the great date! P.S. I took a photo of a nearby cafe as it's name is my son Ryan's b-boy name (Fresco). I will have to try their coffee in the future.
DISTANCE: 6.36 km DURATION: 59:40
Good morning Talus and Bowen! Although this is not our first “hello” (we met at this year’s DGR Doggy Dash), I took some time reading old blog posts to get brushed up on your running style. I had pumped myself up for quite a run this morning, and after getting ourselves settled, we began our journey to see what the three of us could accomplish. I heard you two have already been burning off some energy this morning, but I will not be fooled as I know there is plenty more where that came from. As Bowen grabbed hold of the leash, he decided it was time to start taking this run into his own paws. Talus seemed to drift towards the back of our three-man pack for most of the hour. I could tell she was feeling the heat so we took a few breaks for water and a long pit stop to swim in the creek. They wrestled each other (and my legs) periodically but we managed to stay rather in order, for the most part. By the end of the run, we had our rhythm down and I have no doubt if we run together again, we will go even further! Thanks for the super fun run today, I’m so thankful for my new best pals! The scoop: 1 poop, 4 pees for Talus and 1 poop and 5 pees for Bowen!