Buster: DISTANCE: 2.83 km DURATION: 41:47
Winger: DISTANCE: 4.38 km DURATION: 25:17
Winger and Buster, oh my oh my what energy you two pretty animals have. Let’s begin with Winger's Run. We began and shortly after we started, a truck started honking at us on the sidewalk, and I looked down to make sure I put my pants on this morning, when I realized I had, it must be something else, I stopped to talk to the gentleman. He warned me of screaming coyotes on the ridge, alright let’s turn around... neighbourhood run it is. We stopped and picked up Buster and decided to try the ridge, a group of walkers were having a dog/walker meeting, which I was invited to join. Bobcats were seen screaming for a mate on the ridge this time! Where can we go? Every walker that I ran into today told me of some sort of wildlife. I am glad I was with my security team of Winger and Buster to protect me. Hope these creatures move along by tomorrow. Winger had 1 pee. Buster had 1 poop, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.29 km DURATION: 1:15:01
And on Wednesday, the third day together...we walked. The lads were excited to see me and Winger ran off and produced for me his stuffy toy...Aw!! With permission from their mom, I would walk both dogs today. I love exploring the Fish Creek Park trails when I run, especially as every turn and bend sends you in a different direction, with different terrain. So I took them on the trails. Winger, Buster & I just followed our noses. We had no idea where we were going, or how long it would take. We just were enjoying the warm sun, crunchy snow noises and Buster...grass to chomp. The deer were jumping out in front of us, which made it even more exciting. The lads walked so well in front of me on the single tracks. Once home, I let the lads both off-leash to have a run & roll in the snow. They loved this. Scoop: Buster had 1 poop, 2 pees. Winger had 1 poop (first time ever), 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 3.43 km DURATION: 32:56
So nice to see a Chinook cloud today, but that also means icy conditions are on the way. I decided to walk Winger & Buster together first, mainly to determine how much ice there was already, and which way to run with Winger afterwards. Once we started walking, Winger looked back at me, then began to whimper. I found this to be hilarious, it wasn't an "I'm in pain" whimper, it was "why are we walking?" whimper. There was no tangling of leashes today and the lads began to have fun once we were on the ridge path. Some areas were rather icy though, so we went along a track in the deeper snow, until I realized we were kind of destroying the cross-country skiers' tracks...doh!! Buster had so much energy and when passing another dog, he somehow managed to snatch its Kong toy. Boy, he is fast. The gentleman was extremely understanding and rather than get annoyed, gave the lads compliments, meanwhile I was apologizing and wrestling with Buster. Always eventful and fun. Winger had 1 pee. Buster had 1 poop & 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.03 km DURATION: 33:54
That seemed like such a quick walk with Buster, it was a shame to end the fun, but Winger had been extremely patient and was excited for his run...so Winger & I set off running, jumping over ice, as we headed in the direction of The Ranche. There were a lot of other dogs out walking and more runners than usual, all out enjoying that beautiful sun no doubt, Rather than run, we walked up and down the icy Visitor's Center hill today, but enjoyed a nice loop around the bridges. I somehow got Winger to sit down for a minute or two for few happy snaps. Winger doesn't like to sit, stay still or pose. He just wants to run. He started to whimper again so it was time to start heading home at his faster pace. Boy, he is fun. Once we arrived home, I thought I'll unleash him in the backyard then bring him inside. Once free, Winger ran crazily around and rolled in the snow. No way was he ready to go inside yet. It was so funny and I wish I had more time as I would have brought Buster outside as well. Maybe tomorrow.
DISTANCE: 6.53 km. DURATION: 36:07
Upon arrival at Winger & Buster's house, I received a nice greeting from their owner, who I wasn't expecting to see. He had a cancellation and had just arrived home. After a quick chat, and given that Buster was in his cage, I took Winger out for his run first. It was somewhat icy in areas, so I decided to mix things up this morning, and not run down into Fish Creek Park. We would run along the ridge line on the path. As I had done my first 10km race of the year yesterday (I placed first female yay!!) I had to ask Winger to slow things down a bit. I was amazed that Winger was more than happy to do this, even though we still managed a great pace, Winger wanted to run next to me, rather than his usual in front position, and he also stopped to roll in the snow more today. Maybe Monday is a slower day after all? Thanks for a fabulous run and I'll see you tomorrow Winger. Doggy business: none.
DISTANCE: 4.01 km DURATION: 39:51
It was such a lovely day so there was no way I was going to leave Winger home alone after our run. This would be Buster's walk and a warm-down for Winger. As I grabbed the extra lead from my car it became a game of trying to keep Winger out of it, but not before he was able to grab my glove & hat. I have come to realize that I cannot drop, nor put anything down, as both dogs will manage to snatch it first. Buster was super excited and jumping up. He was easy enough to settle down, but decided to roll in the snow in the backyard. This subsequently led me and the 2 lads to being tangled. My legs were roped up and I was amazed that I somehow managed to get us unwound, without falling over, and out the side gate. Was this going to be a bad decision?? Not at all. We had a fabulous walk, albeit slow, as many people, including a lovely elderly couple cross-country skiing, wanted to stop and chat and compliment Buster & Winger on being such handsome lads. I couldn't agree more. Scoop: Buster had 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 5.5 km DURATION: 38 minutes for Winger
DISTANCE: 3.5 km DURATION: 45 minutes for Buster
The Golden Duo, are so fun to be around. They turn anybody’s frown upside down. I dropped the neighbour's dogs off next door and got Winger organized! We were off! Cold is an understatement today! It was ball chilling freezing! Quickly I warmed up, due to Winger's quick pace. We headed to Fish Creek and enjoyed the quiet path. A lot of birds singing down there today, I am not sure if it was because it was so quiet we could really hear them. My phone froze heading up the Annie’s Hill, so my tracking wasn’t great for these guys today. Then we headed home and picked up Buster. Somehow, I connected Buster to Winger, and not to myself and they ran out the gate like Usain Bolt. My heart skipped a beat, my assertive yell made them stop, and we got reattached! These two are fun, friendly balls of furry energy. Thanks for the laughs! Buster had 1 poop, 3 pees. Winger had 0 poop, 1 pee.
BUSTER'S DISTANCE: 3.05 km DURATION: 37:18
WINGER"S DISTANCE: 6.13 km DURATION: 40:46
Winger and Buster have a lot of energy. We slightly changed things up this week. Starting off with a Winger Run, we had to have a little chat about the speed, I am not Cath, Winger, I know she is fast, and I just can’t do the things she does! I also have a calf injury!!! Winger, please I beg you! Be easy on me! He was! Everything went great! On the way back, I thought maybe it would be fun to take both these lovely Goldens on the walk portion of the day. That's what we did, we suited up and all went for a walk, it was like a very bad game of Twister at first, but once we got into our groove, they walked quite well together. We had a few admirers of the golden duo, so we weren’t too speedy, but we did have a lot of fun! See you tomorrow! Winger doesn’t go to the bathroom. Buster had 2 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 7.37 km DURATION: 39:27
The fact that it was -16, with a -23 windchill and snowing, didn't bother Winger & I at all...but the icy conditions did. Last night I received a text message from Winger's mom advising me to "be cautious on the sidewalks and pathways as some of the neighbors have skating rinks" (thank you for the head's up). This was so true as we set out for our run this morning. I was happy to have on my ice traction aids and more happy that Winger was so cautious himself, as he was also slipping from time to time. We ran along the path trying to see the ice under the light covering of snow and we made our way down into Fish Creek, where the conditions improved. We ran past The Ranche and along the Bow River, Winger's only stop was to take a big roll in the fresh snow. We ran a loop and headed back home, and surprisingly, we both made it back without a major fall. Does Winger do any doggy business ever?
DISTANCE: 10.05 km DURATION: 1:05:02
Winger always makes me happy to run... but today Winger killed my toque... He bit the pom pom right off and tried to swallow it!!! Are you crazy Winger??? I had to think quick and put my hand down his throat and get it out... Is that like dog surgery? Got it! Pom Pom success. All of this action didn’t seem to bother Winger, he just acted like nothing happened. So we ran. It was fairly icy out so we decided to stay on the ridge. He was full of energy like always but very well behaved on the pathways! Winger truly is a gem! (My pom pom does not agree) 😂😂🐾 10K is very easy with a dog like him! Have a great night, and don’t swallow anything except food! No doggy business. Does he ever poop?
DISTANCE: 10.08 km DURATION1:04:29
THAT WAS FUN!! I arrived at Winger's home to find Buster contained, so it didn't take me long to get Winger ready for his run. I then let Buster out...haha I had fun trying to get out the door with just one dog. Sorry Buster, we shall return. The path on the ridge was surprisingly icy, but Winger was very considerate when I asked him to slow and walk. I was impressed. After 2K, we stopped for a quick photo. Winger dived into the loose snow and made me laugh so hard. I had no hope of getting this Golden Retriever to sit still for a photo. I also noticed that I had started my Garmin watch, but not Runkeeper, a bonus couple of kms was of no issue. We were just getting introduced and already having so much fun. I decided (as it was so beautiful out today), we should run some trails. Winger totally agreed and seemed to gallop along. Winger was a pleasure and I could have stayed out all day enjoying his company, but Buster was waiting. Winger was too busy playing in the snow to do any doggy business.
DISTANCE: 11.39 km. DURATION: 1:19:42
I woke up this morning looking forward to spending some time with Winger and Buster! Winger was up first, for our usual Winger Loop. Still icy out, we lost some speed because of my footing, Winger waited patiently by my side. Starting off slower this morning, I can certainly tell Mr. Winger had a great holiday season, and also helped his mom out with her continuing Strides Streak! Quickly getting into the grove, Winger kicked up the speed. It made me laugh because I couldn’t get a good grip on the slushy path to keep up, so he pulled me along like a reindeer would with a sleigh. Christmas is over! 😂😂. We found a nice even place, and enjoyed the rest of our run, meeting many friendly faces along the way. Have a great day Winger. Buster is next. The scoop; 1 pee, 0 poops.
DISTANCE: 11.53 km DURATION: 1:21:56
Winger, it is great to see you! Let’s do the Winger Loop today. I heard you are one of Strides' Streakers, so let’s get it done and streak away! Fast is Winger's middle name, going down the Annie’s Hill slowed us down, because of the huge amount of snow. While we were headed down we saw Dancer and Prancer run by. Winger got confused and thought he was a deer for a moment! We met up with my friends (Andrea & Peter) at the bottom of the hill. They were doing their morning walk. We had a little break and chat, Winger took a snow roll, then we headed on. The wind was brisk on the other side of the park, but Mr Winger did not miss a beat. The only thing that slowed him down today was me, with my footing on unplowed areas. Winger you never disappoint! You are a great runner and a great dog! You're the best! Merry Christmas! No poops, no pees.
DISTANCE: 10.10 km DURATION: 1:05:23
WooHoo it is a Winger Wednesday Run!🎉 This was my first time meeting this fine 'Golden Gent." Santa, may I please get a Winger for Christmas🎄🐾. I was greeted in true 'Golden' style and fell in love instantly. I have a feeling us DGR runners have our own kind of scent because how do these pooches know we are there to take them for fun, especially on the first run😊?? Winger is an All-Star Runner and we headed straight to Simone Lake and our feet never missed a beat. He is an excellent running partner and I see why Winger is the guy to train with to reach success if aiming to qualify for Boston Marathon. Winger my love. I will put the BM on my bucket list as long as you & I can hit the pathways. Merry Christmas Winger and I have a feeling Santa will be good to you! The Doggy Business Report: just 1 long pee.
DISTANCE: 7 km DURATION: 1:05:00
Hello Winger... great to see the happiest dog I know. It was hot out by the time I got to Winger's house, so we took it easy today... doing a light jog, and yes Winger slows down in the heat, we headed to the Famous Annie's dog water bowl. It was moved, but it was there. Then we jogged by the Ranch, and decided to take advantage of the large tree shade and take a shade break! Winger and I were hot!!! To the river we went, Winger had a dip and then gave me an honourary dog shake. We went on some dirt trails, and Winger did his regular roll!!! Wet dog in dry dirt equals a dirty dog... I decided he needed to dip in the river again for a clean off... we took it easy today which was nice. 1 poo 3 pees 35 rolls