DISTANCE: 2.43 km DURATION: 40:24
Zeke only wanted treats and to play pick-up sticks, when asked where are we going for our run today. We ran to visit his friend's but they weren’t home. Instead we played pick-up sticks in the park, strolled around the neighbourhood, and made a quick dart for home! 🤣🐶 Oh Zeke, I understand! Lol. He’s always such a good runner, just today he’d rather stay close to home. The scoop: lots of pee breaks but no poop. Looking forward to our next date Zeke!
DISTANCE: 4.23 km DURATION: 59:17
Woof, it’s hot! Zeke and I ventured out along the pathway in search of friends and shade today! We took many breaks for snacks and water. Don’t forget to stay hydrated while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Zeke was so well mannered today. It was such a wonderful time together, I even received a few kisses! Oh Zeke, you’re so adorable 😘. The scoop: 3 pees and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 6.82 km DURATION: 1:06:44
Hello Zeke. This handsome boy greeted me at the door with a smile and a wagging tail. We started out slowly, and Zeke made sure he took time to smell the flowers, eat the grass, and explore the bushes. We took the pathway to Edworthy Park stopping to greet the humans along the path and then see what dogs were hanging out at the park today. I kept Zeke on leash today, and he was very well-behaved. The way back was at a quicker pace, finishing off with a big drink of cool water. I hope to see you again soon Zekie Boy! The scoop: one poo, one pee.
DISTANCE: 3.37 km DURATION: 50:40
Nice to meet you Zeke. You’re such a treat! I had a beautiful Shepherd just like you and his name was Zeke too. You remind me so much of him. You have such a happy energetic way about you and you’re excited to be outside visiting all your friends and strolling through the neighbourhood. Best of all, I love your kid-like spirit that wants to play all day! At first greeting, Zeke was both excited to meet me but backed away timidly when I tried to get him ready for our adventure. It didn’t take us long to move beyond the formalities into friendship. Today, we made a new friend, Mojo! Zeke is very excited when other dogs are near, so a steady grip was needed today! Lol. Looking forward to our next time together! The scoop: 1 poop and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.55 km DURATION: 1:02:58
Hi Zeke, Welcome back! Aren’t you a cutie pie! This was our first ever meeting, and it was a delight. Today was a getting to know you run. Zeke is on his own agenda with lots of stops for grass chewing. Zeke decided our pace and place in the jogging world. Hills was the name of the game today. That is one hilly neighbourhood. I really enjoyed Zeke's relaxed nature. He is a go-with-the- flow kind of dog. He is not too serious about anything. I do hope we get to do this again. It was my pleasure joining you today on your outing. 1 pee, 0 poops.
DISTANCE: 7.01 km DURATION: 59:29
Hey Zeke! Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend! We drove off to our run start, with plowed pathways in mind. Alas, we found a favourite path, the Sarcee Corridor was still snow covered but I think I was more dismayed than Zeke was. I think when snow covers up smells, dogs like the extra challenge of sniffing things out. That was definitely the case for Zeke. The cute thing about it is when Zeke wants something, instead of jumping up for it, he immediately goes right down and puts on these puppy dog eyes! He did try to mouth the leash today, but when I commanded him to drop it, he listened instantly. Both instances show what a good boy Zeke is! Scoop: one pee and a very watery poop.
DISTANCE: 8.19 km DURATION: 59:13
Oh Zeke, I'm not gonna lie... As I was driving to your house and the snow started to fall on my windshield, my heart sank a little. And I did not want to run for one more hour at the end of this very busy week. But as soon as I opened the door to your home and your nose came peeking through, my heart lifted a little. And then watching your backside wiggle, it lifted more. And then you leaned into your harness instead of going upstairs I was smiling big time. You ran to my truck and as we drove away, you were singing, and Zeke, you made my heart sing! We had our best run to date. You were so focused on the run, and maybe sniffing for snacks under the dusting of snow. I wish my legs were lifted as much as my spirits, because I definitely felt like the limiting factor to this 8K run. And to think I didn't even want to run. Many thanks sir for this superb run! Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 7.34 km. DURATION: 59:03
Hey Zeke! I hope you had a fab staycation with your family last week! But I missed you! Dad showed me how your supposed to sit on your mat when people come, but you jumped up to give me a kiss! I tried to be stern but was happy you were happy to see me too. Today was all about "Stop, Drop (it), and Sit." I was really pleased with Zeke today. While he did try to mouth the leash, if we stopped, and I told him to drop it, every time he listened instantly! Other times, he would be very distracted by another dog or a magpie, but if I asked him to sit (and yep, it helps to look him in the eye when you ask!) and shake a paw, his focus came right back to me. So interspersed with some decent running, that was all we worked on today. His reward? I gave him many leisurely sniff and snow breaks. My reward? A big ole' kiss once we were back in the truck! Thanks Zeke!! Scoop: just one pee.
DISTANCE: 7.30 km DURATION: 1:08:20
Hey Zeke! I brought your new friend along again today! He was very happy to see both me and Juno. We started with a longer run today before hitting Edworthy Park. This all went really well. At the off-leash park, Zeke was clearly very happy. But what I think starts to happen is that his adrenaline gets going, and maybe a little bit of testosterone, and his playful nipping started to get a little too rough today. This happened a few times during the remainder of our run. And when I kept him from nipping at Juno, he then thought I would be a good buddy to play this game with. I put him in a sit, then asked him to lie down, both of which he did beautifully. We followed this with periods of walking to see if that would keep Zeke a little more calm, which it did for the most part. Oh Zeke! I still adore you! We are all a work in progress. Have a great week off from running buddy! I'll see you in a week and a half! Scoop: one of each. PS: I included a picture of one of your favourite snacks... crabapples!
DISTANCE: 6.54 km DURATION: 1:07:02
Well Zeke, our runs just keep getting better and better, don't they? Today Zeke met my dog, Juno and it went really well! Zeke, despite his size, is still a puppy at heart and definitely plays like a puppy. It was kind of like it was their first date, and when Zeke would get a little too physical, she clearly told him when it was too much. He backed off appropriately. They didn't really need me to be their chaperone as they seemed to work out their boundaries beautifully. The run to Edworthy Park from my house went really smoothly. There we met up with Ruth and Teddy. And if there's a place where three's never a crowd, it's at this wide open off-leash park. Juno and Zeke took turns stealing Teddy's ball, but he was pretty jovial about it. We finished with some squirrel inspired sprint work home. But I didn't get dragged or clotheslined against a tree so I would say today was a huge success! Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 6.69 km DURATION: 1:03:07
Well Zeke, I've been looking forward to our Friday run all week! What better way to round off the week than... ROAD TRIP! He was game! And when we got to a parking spot, and started with a run down the path, he seemed to say, "Well this is okay I guess." And then when we hit Edworthy Park and found a friend as soon as we got there, he was over the moon happy! He met a little rescue named Alfred, and they played so well! He found a few other friends, and each time I said, "Okay Zeke, let's go. It's time to run!" He galloped with me. Then as if it couldn't get any better, I showed Zeke a favourite urban hiking spot of mine, the Douglas Fir Trail. He thought that was pretty cool too. I think we had such a good time, that when we were running on sidewalks, his endorphins were going and he was happy to trot along with me. Of course, he deserved a few sniffing breaks, but it certainly didn't break our stride for long today. Thanks for an amazing run today Zeke! Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 5.65 km DURATION; 1:01:08
So four of these pictures of Zeke have something in common and two of them are different. If you said that he is smiling in four, and not in two that would be correct. But what else do you notice? Well, what I noticed today is that Zeke prefers running on pathways and trails. He thinks sidewalks are the edges of ultimate sniff and snack zones. And while my snacks are marginally successful in encouraging him to move forward; it’s not enough to make him smile. A couple of times I gave in and just gave him some good cuddles and scratches behind the ear until his tail was wagging again. But the smile came out in earnest when we found some good paths to run on. Okay Zeke. Let’s see what we can get done with that knowledge on Friday! Scoop: just one pee.
DISTANCE: 6.33 km DURATION: 1:02:03
Hey Zeke! I’m so happy to be your run buddy today and hopefully for the next little while. He waited patiently for me to find his harness and we were off. We had a bit of a slow start as Zeke tried to munch on fallen crabapples or choose a particular route. But he also is very treat motivated! But like most of us, he needed to move to earn treats. And there established our pattern for the next part of our run. He only got that kibble if he was moving towards it. Then we popped onto some trails and no treats were required. Zeke was the picture of happiness with a big smile and his cute ears flapping up and down as he ran. We discovered this happy place was “Jasper’s Trail”. So we paid tribute at the sign and gave thanks to Jasper, thinking it was probably his happy place too! The icing to Zeke’s happiness was discovering mud puddles! I reminded him about this as I was giving him a thorough wipe down of the feet, asking him if it was worth it now. As he trotted away from me with his kibble ball, I swear I heard him say ...”You bet!” Scoop: one of each.
DISTANCE: 5.16 km DURATION: 53:42
Zeke and I zigged and zagged on this beautiful afternoon. Zeke isn't the most enthusiastic pup when it comes to running but he tried his best. We did a lot of walking which kept him calm. Sometimes, he would get too excited and nip at my legs, so I just got him to stop, sit and chill a bit before we continued. On the way home, we were in a great rhythm going down a hill, but unfortunately for me, my phone flew out of my pocket and upon hitting the pavement... well it's functional but not pretty. Oh well! Until next time Zeke. 1 poo, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.03 km DURATION: 55:23
Happy Fri-yay! It was more stunning weather for our run - a shorts and t-shirt kind of day, but Zeke opted for just a halter. Zeke was a bit anxious when I picked him up. It didn’t help when we encountered another large and small dog (both on leash) right off the hop. Due to Zeke’s height, the other owner was a bit uncomfortable and turned down a different street. I think he was frustrated because he couldn’t go say “hello” to his new friends. From there, it was smooth sailing. Zeke and I completed our longest run together - just over 6km! He and I work well as a team when we are climbing hills and navigating pathways. We even managed to get an action shot of Zeke receiving a treat when we practiced sitting at a crosswalk! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.