DISTANCE: 8.02 km DURATION: 1:27:07
Winger and Buster Reunion! How is it going boys? Buster just graduated Doggy School on Friday... I couldn’t wait to meet the new Buster! I arrived at the Goldens' home and it was WILD... not sure if they recognized me or they were just happy to get outside. Buster was exactly how I remembered him. He was jumping like a kangaroo! Buster are you sure you graduated?😂😂 I decided to take double trouble out for a walk to start off. We enjoyed the crisp spring air and the beautiful views of Fish Creek Park. The boys calmed down about 10 minutes into our adventure. We figured it all out and kit was smooth sailing from there on. We dropped off Winger and then Buster and I went for a light jog with lots of breaks. We added a trail hill in there for some fun. Thanks boys! Winger had no business. Buster had 1 poop, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.52 km DURATION: 1:04:05
Winger had a 6km run
Winger & Buster had a 3.5km walk.
I love that Winger excitedly greets me with whimpers and toys. I was looking forward to seeing these gorgeous Goldens again. It felt like it's been such a long time between visits. Winger and I both felt like a fast run today. Although we had a strong headwind, we managed a good out and back run along the ridge. I was surprised that Winger actually stopped for a quick pee, and a couple of drinks in the various puddles. We quickly grabbed Buster and headed out again. This time for our warm-down walk. The neighbourhood was quiet today. Buster was busy looking for something to chase and he got excited when seeing a few birds. It was "hello butterfly, oh...goodbye butterfly", as Buster was too quick. We walked along the ridge, down into Fish Creek Park and along a trail and into the river for a bit of play and a drink. When we arrived home I gave them both a wipe-down of dirty paws and some treats. Scoop: Winger had 1 pee and Buster had 1 poop.
WINGER: 9 km DURATION: 1 hour
BUSTER: 4 km DURATION 45 min
**Photo from Audra's archives, No it's not snowing in Calgary today!**
Do you ever have one of those days? Not today for me, I was very organized except when I got to Winger and Buster's house I had no PHONE. What do I do? I looked at the temperature, and decided to kick it old school before it got too hot. Use my watch. First up! Winger! The poopless dog pooped today. Miracles do happen. Our run was one of our best. We saw two deer running on the path by the river. All the dogs running and walking scared them and they jumped full throttle into the river and swam across to the Mckenzie side. That river is moving, so it was amazing to watch. We hit the dirt trails and did a traditional Winger loop, stopping at Annie’s for water. We picked up Buster. Buster did great today. His jumping has calmed down and he seems to be more focused. We did a loop around the neighbourhood and chatted with some other dog people. It was a gorgeous day. Winger had 1 poop, 4 pees. Buster had 1 poop, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 2.60 km DURATION: 33:46
No jumping at all from Buster today, but I must admit he was back to being an energetic puppy. Everything and anything that moved, Buster wanted to chase. A feather blew across the street, Buster got excited. He was snapping at grass and insects, and tangling the leads. I decided to head to the trails again. Both Winger and Buster had their noses in the grass and enjoying the smells in the dirt. At the end of the trail, the snow was a bit heavy and the branches were leaning over. I let the lads have a good roll around and Buster was interested in insects as they flew out of the long grass. I tried for quite a while to get a lovely photo of them both together...no luck there. They wouldn't stay still. Oh well, maybe one day. We turned around and headed home. Buster found a gardening glove on the way back, which I let him carry for a little while. He had found a ski glove early. The joys of the snow melting...so much to discover. Scoop - Buster: 1 poop, 3 pees. Winger: 1 poop, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.16 km DURATION: 30:58
Dark clouds and a few drops of rain were how we started our run today. I thought Winger and I may get very wet, but we seem to manage to outrun the rain. Winger had his fast legs on today. According to my Garmin. our first km was 4:17 min/km and our second was 4:12 min/km. Woah Winger. He was pulling a bit today, so I have discovered that if Winger won't slow, it's better to run him on the trails. Plus, it is more fun for both of us than running on the paths. The trails automatically slowed him down. There was a mixture of melting snow, somewhat slushy puddles, and dirt & mud. It was lots of fun, but it's the dirtiest I have been to-date. Winger had a few drinks in the puddles and crunched snow. He had his usual rolling around and today Winger actually did 3 pees. We both had so much fun. We walked up the hill out of Fish Creek Park, then ran a steady 2km back to get Buster for our walk.
.DISTANCE: 6.29 km DURATION: 34:15
Hello, happy boy Winger. Yes, I am as excited as you for our run together. What a fabulous way to start the day; blue sky, sunshine, clear sidewalks, and no jacket required. As we left Winger's house, I gave a wave to neighbour DGR dog, Roxy, who was at the window. In hindsight, a wave was probably a funny thing to do, but it felt right at the time lol. Winger and I ran a fast 2kms, and then Winger turned to go down into Fish Creek Park. I had to remind him to walk as that is a steep hill down. Winger complied. There was still a surprising amount of snow covering a section of the path, and so we stopped and Winger had a good roll around. He even had a pee!! We continued running a bit further in Fish Creek and then turned around to run back. Winger had another stop, drop, roll in the snow and then we had to run up the same steep hill home. Time to get Buster for our walk. Doggy scoop - 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 2.99 km DURATION: 31:40
I really appreciate Buster's mom making it so easy for me by having collars on the lads and Buster in his pen. After our run, I leave Winger outside in the backyard for a moment and go in to collect Buster. Once I release Buster from his pen, he does a few energetic circles, we have a cuddle and I attach his lead. Lock up, grab Winger and off we go...all nice and easy. After our run, Winger is happy to heel and Buster is excited. He was trying to chase birds today as they flew in front of us. I love Buster's floppy ear, which gets stuck up...it's so cute. Most of the time he will turn his head and it will flop back down. We walked along the ridge on the grass area, where there were a lot of gopher holes. We stopped and both lads had a good ground sniff and Buster had a good dig as well. I was glad they caught nothing. It was probably the easiest walk yet. Buster did not jump, tangle leads or pull. What an awesome boy he is. Scoop: Buster had 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 5.70 km DURATION: 1:17:20
Icy, well that is an understatement! The Golden's mom warned me of the sketchy conditions, so we downgraded to a walk this morning. It took us a bit to get out the door. with Winger and Buster in a pretzel, The leashes were all around us. Buster tangled in Winger's leash. I was standing on one foot trying to kick the door!!! Success! So I thought, then I realized Winger chewed through the leash and isn’t attached anymore! He was running wild in the backyard. Buster and I went back in the house for a fresh leash and we were off! When we got it together, we had a great experience. We saw a total of 17 deer in Fish Creek Park. Buster really enjoys the snow; looking up at it as if it is a gift from above, Winger, happy as always, enjoyed rolling around in the white stuff. It was a beautiful quiet morning with my two favourite pups. Winger had no bio breaks, Buster had 1 pee, no 💩.
DISTANCE: 6.51 km DURATION: 32:45
I was greeted today with lots of excited whimpers when Winger saw me at the door. I was extremely excited as well as this was the first time, in a long time, that the weather was allowing us to run together. Buster was in his pen, which made for a fast getaway with Winger. And once out the door, everything was fast. I must admit that I was a bit concerned whether I would be able to keep up with him today, having raced on Sunday and then I ran my 30km long slow distance yesterday, but all was good. The beauty of running with Winger is that you just run and don't need to worry if there are any distractions of birds, runners or other dogs, as Winger totally ignores everything and everyone. We ran out and back, and occasionally I needed to jump some ice, but overall, the conditions were clear. At the turn-around Winger had a quick roll in the snow and we headed back to collect Buster for a walk. No doggy business for Winger (ever).
DISTANCE: 4.03 km DURATION: 44;09
Winger and I returned after our run, and I let Winger play in the backyard whilst I got Buster organized. Buster sure is maturing and better at settling on command. Even walking, there is less entanglement of leads and only the occasional excited jumping up on me. I still hold him tightly when people pass, just in case. We walked in the opposite direction from the one Winger and I had run, and it was lovely to see so many more birds, runners, and walkers. The grass is appearing at the edge of the sidewalk, enabling us to walk on it, around the odd section of ice. Along with the melt, comes discovery of items that have been frozen under the snow. Buster enjoyed having his nose down sniffing around for the majority of the walk and I had to have a little wrestle with him to get a plastic lid out of his mouth. Such a pleasure to walk these beautiful boys. Dog business: Buster had 1 poop, 3 pees.
WINGER'S DISTANCE: 6.73 km DURATION: 41:43
BUSTER'S DISTANCE: 4.34 km DURATION: 51:00
Spring has Sprung! Just kidding not yet! Wind is cold, and the air is something from the Arctic. We (Winger, Buster and I) are tough so cold air doesn’t stop us from getting our miles in. Today was an excellent day for Winger and Buster. They both were perfect gentlemen. Winger, quick as usual, pushed my pace and gave me a great speedy run. Buster, with persistent training from his family, kept his jumping to a minimum and had an excellent walk. He stayed focused and met a few new friends on the route. Buster is great with other dogs, as is Winger. They are both a pleasure to have on my doggy running schedule. I am happy to be a part of their dog running lives. Thanks boys for the great afternoon. Buster had 1 mini poop, 1 pee. Winger had no doggy business. He is the poopless dog😂
DISTANCE: 5.91 km. DURATION: 40:43
Winger and Buster! What a great way to start the day! I am so comfortable with these two Goldens that it is actually a pleasure to have their names on my schedule. It was great to see their dad today. Their parents are great. Winger. like usual, is the perfect poopless running partner. It was wonderful going into Fish Creek Park, listening to the crackling snow under our feet. It was just Winger and me running wild. Next up was Buster, the excited puppy. Buster loves to jump up on people and he is so cute, you just can’t get upset with him. Once we got into it, we did just fine. Buster loves the street garbage, so I have to be faster than him to make him not eat it!😳😳🐾 Buster, Winger, I could hang with you all day. Winger had 1 pee, 0 poops. Buster had 3 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 6.30 km DURATION: 1:06:33
I had heard on the radio that it is the last day of winter today. I think that Mother Nature just needs a gentle reminder!! Driving, I noticed that the ridge was yet to be plowed. I did my long run yesterday and I tried to run there, but it was horrendous underfoot, so I won't be taking the lads that way. I got Winger & Buster ready and we headed in the safe direction down 146 Ave SE again. The sidewalks were plowed, in the sunlight, and were melting nicely. I was tempted to return Buster to the house so that I could run Winger, but that would be a boring 15 minutes walking back in the same direction. We continued on as Winger was happy and not complaining at all (he doesn't whimper anymore). Further on, I'm so glad we were walking, Fish Creek Park had huge icy puddle areas that we had to navigate around. I did slip, even with my ice traction aids on, but remained upright. Winger enjoyed lots of rolling around in the snow today whilst Buster looked on waiting. Winger had 2 pees and Buster had 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 6.04 km DURATION: 1:09:28
Winger & Buster were super excited today. So much so, that I put them outside in the backyard, and go back inside to give them time to settle down. Their dad was home and advised me that due to the ice, I should just walk them. I had run their neighbour's dogs first this morning so knew where I could safely go, but these two Goldens love the unplowed snow, so we could go anywhere really. We quickly took the plowed route down into Fish Creek Park, and then headed along the Bow River. It was stunning. The birds were out, the sun was out, and Winger & Buster were walking beautifully together. These two manage to get so many compliments every time, and rightly so. They are super handsome. Walking through the deep snow was fun, however I think my calves will be sore tomorrow. Annie's Hill was the deepest, and Winger & Buster loved rolling around and snapping at the overhanging grass. I can't believe that I managed to get a perfect day (after yesterday's blizzard). Buster: 1 poop, 3 pees. Winger had 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 2.42 km DURATION: 30:38
Today is a double dog day with Winger and Buster. I used Winger for my benefit. I asked his mom if I could take him out a little longer so I could get some kilometres done today. Thank you for letting me use your Golden for my personal needs! 😂🐾 Winger did not disappoint, with his quick pace. In addition, his love of life this morning was very joyful. Dropping Winger off, I finally have a system. I let one dog in the yard, wipe off one in the house, then suit up the other dog outside. My system worked, successful transition. I decided to take Buster on his own today to get to know him without Winger's influence. Wow Buster, you are a nice young man. Winger will always be my favourite Golden, but you are right up there too. We were able to walk quite well throughout the neighbourhood. Thank you for the great morning boys. Winger had 1 pee, 0 poop. Buster had 1 pee,1 poop. No wild animal sightings today!