DISTANCE: 7.55 km . DURATION: 1:06:05
Happy Friday, Zenna!! Slow and steady won our race today, Zenna seemed to have today's run all planned out. The slower pace equaled more time to sniff, explore, and enjoy the sunshine! I was enjoying her stall tactics by pointing out every possible pee spot along the route. I didn't mind the dawdling; It was a beautiful day to be outside enjoying it. At one point along our loop, Zenna and I came across a bunch of little bunnies, Zenna was so focused that not even my pocket full of treats was going to break her concentration. With a lot of coaxing and waving of treats, Zenna and I were on our way. She is quite the little hunter! I had to google Bouvier and their known traits because she was just so darn focused on those rabbits. Low and behold, Bouvier are Belgium herding dogs. I knew they were used as guard/police dogs but the herding is news to me, and it sure does make sense! She was very ready to round up those little bunnies and make sure they were falling in order! Thanks for the morning run Zenna and teaching me a little something about your beautiful breed. See you next week! The scoop: 1 poop, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.44 km DURATION: 1:12:12
Happy Friday, Zenna!! What a relief! I had a feeling today was going to be very cold with a blustery snowstorm, but we're in luck! It turned out to be a great afternoon. Chilly, yes, but the sun was trying to poke out! Zenna and I took off on our usual route. We stopped for various smells and critters along the way. The trees were full of squirrels, so this fluffy girl was a little preoccupied. Zenna went into great detail on how she would capture the squirrels, and what she would do with them, if she just had a chance off the leash. Of course. I like to think Miss Zenna is fast enough but, I thought I better just let her tell me how quick she is rather than showing me. I don't want to kick the weekend off with a bruised ego! After which, Zenna decided since she can't show me how fast she is while chasing squirrels, she chose to show me running! She's no joke; we were cruisin'! She would even give my other pal, Nell, the Border Collie a run for her money! We soared along Elbow, leaving Mission behind us in the dust! Now, I joke that Miss Zenna loves to relax and eat cookies, but when she's on a mission she gets going! I'm impressed! Thanks, girl, for giving me an extra hard workout today! I needed it! See you next weekend! The scoop: 4 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 8.40 km DURATION: 1:07:13
Happy Friday, Zenna! Jeez, another cold one, your fave! Zenna and I sprinted down towards the river. Off in the distance, we could see another runner with a dog. We thought to ourselves; only us crazy DGR runners could be out during a day like today, so we zoomed up towards them. Low and behold, it was Brooke and Kahlua! It was so lovely to see another runner out today, and always nice running into other fellow Dog Gone Runners! Kahlua wasn't as thrilled to see Zenna as she was to see her, we must have interrupted some prime sniff time! Oh well, it sure was nice meeting Brooke. After our quick greeting, Zenna and I took off towards Mission. After a few minutes in, we were both warm and I was beginning to shed layers. I seem to always overdress on days like today. Throughout our run, Zenna and I stopped for our usual treat and snuggle breaks; she could probably spend the whole hour doing this! After a bit of exploring the neighbourhood, we were back in the warmth of Zenna's house. Her coat was full of snow, and her belly was full of cookies. I'd say that's a very successful winter run! I'll see you again next week! The scoop: 3 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 6.16 km DURATION: 55:25
Brrrrrr Happy Friday, Zenna! I may be cold, but you definitely are not. You and that fur coat of yours are made for this weather. Very 'Game of Thrones' of you! I've been binge watching from the beginning so forgive me, everything seems to remind me of GOT! Ha! Anywho, I bundled up nice and warm, and Zenna and I were off like a herd of turtles. There were lots of other big dogs out enjoying the snow, we made a few new friends and even met another Bouvier. They were twins! Our time was a little slower today, perhaps due to the snow and various friends we met along the way. However, it was still very productive and this allowed for a change up of the loop to check out some new scenery. We even braved the Glencoe stairs, thankfully going down. Those things would be terrible if we decided to run up them! Zenna and I stop for a few treat breaks along the loop as well as to remove the little ice balls out from her paws. She was as happy as could be running around in the snow. I am sure glad I had her to drag me out for some exercise. Hopefully, the nice weather will be back for our run next week. Until then, Zenna! Have a great weekend! The scoop: 3 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 8.70 km . DURATION: 1:10:35
Happy Friday, Zenna!! Look at that, another beautiful day for a run. We sure are lucky to live in such a sunny city!! Zenna and I took off on the same trail as last time; it was just too beautiful to pass up. This time, we were a little slower as there were so many smells that Zenna just couldn't skip. Along with smells, the sun shining bright down on us made for a pretty hot run. Zenna, with her big black coat, seemed to take the brunt of it. But this didn't seem to stop her much, a few pit stops for a mouthful of snow and we were good to go! A little slower was fine with me. This gave us chance to take in all the views and spot all the little bunnies in Lindsay Park. There were so many! Zenna is a big bunny fan! She wanted to chase after them all! All in all, we still made it back in great time and had a lovely mid-day run exploring Zenna’s neighbourhood. I'm already looking forward to next week. See you then!! The scoop: 1 poop, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.26 km DURATION: 59:54
A last minute switch meant I was lucky enough to get a run with Miss Zenna. It has been some time since I have had the pleasure of running with her so I forgot that she is a dream running partner. Roughly two hours after my morning outing with Miss Byrdie, I found myself with Zenna along the Elbow River pathways heading towards Repsol Centre. She was just in cruise control and I almost forgot I was even running with her. A bunny sighting pulled us both out of our dream-like state but it got away. We also encountered a German Shepherd who was on-leash but very excited to meet Zenna. Nope! I also heard a dog bark and come prancing towards us. Wouldn't you know - it was DGR Dog Kahlua with DGR Runner Tracy. No to this meeting too and onward we went back to Zenna's home. The Scoop: 2 pees and no poops. It was two degrees warmer and much sunnier than this morning and that made for a great Friday run. Thanks Zen!
DISTANCE: 8.61 km. DURATION: 1:02:44
Happy Friday, Zenna! Holy cuteness, you are adorable! It sure is nice to finally meet you!! Zenna and I really clicked on our first run together, I swear, she is my spirit animal. Will run for cookies was her motto today, and I could not have agreed more. Treats are the true motivation when it comes to running. If there isn't treats along the way, and especially at the end, is it even worth it!? NOPE. Zenna and I were on the exact same page. Today, we set our sights on the river and headed down into the Mission area with my new friend leading the way! We were fast out the gate; she was so excited to show me around the neighborhood. I followed closely behind as Zenna pointed out the various smells, squirrels, and rabbits along the way. Like a true Bouvier, her hunting skills were on high alert as she spotted the various critters in the trees. As our time came to an end, we trotted back up the hill to Zenna's house, with lots of treat breaks and some convincing, on both ends, that the end was near. We both survived with smiles on our faces! Thanks so much for sharing your lunch hour with me Zenna, I'm so happy you're my newest running pal! Enjoy the sunny weekend, and I'll see you again next week! The scoop: 4 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 6.33 km . DURATION: 1:02:49
Oh hello Zenna! So nice to meet a such pretty gal like you; all groomed up, Zenna is ready for any holidays celebration! This gal is so polite, she doesn’t pull and she respects the runner's speed (thanks for that one). Another dog barked at us and Zenna made him understand she too could bark even louder. We went to Stanley Park and around the neighbourhood. The weather was nice and sunny but with the wind became a bit chilly later on. Zenna had to stop to look at squirrels and magpies .. she sure loves those! She also ate some snow.. so refreshing! Zenna was in great spirit as she ran a nice 6km today. Hurray!! So don’t eat too many cookies during the holidays Zenna, keep some for Santa!! 😃 The Poop Scoop: Zenna had 1 poop and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.72 km . DURATION: 58:40
Today, Zenna was in charge. She started out at a reasonably steady pace, while surveying all the new smells in her neighbourhood. But whenever she wanted a moment to sniff, we stopped. Whenever she wanted a break, we paused. Whenever she needed a drink, we waited as she took a mouthful of snow. We had a lovely Friday outing that felt more like we were earning a restful weekend with family, rather than crushing an end of week workout. I talked, Zenna listened. And we just wandered while we kept our eyes on the horizon. And what a gorgeous horizon it was. We eventually slowed to a stroll as I could tell Zenna was finished with trotting. Back at her home, we took a few minutes to clean up her wet feet, hand over a good scratch behind the ear, and possibly a liver treat or two. After all, Zenna was in charge. The scoop: 7 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 4.91 km. DURATION: 1:03:15
Zenna Sweetheart🥰, you are cleared to come out and play!! Hip Hip Hurray. Zenna knew exactly what ‘time’ it was when I arrived. After a quick discussion with Mom, our game plan was set. You would never have known that Zenna’s front paw had been giving her grief. She was ready to move. Okay Sweetheart, but we are still going to stick to the game plan. A good warm-up walk first (ha ha Zenna got warm - I’m still dreaming in summer mode) then a mix of a jog/trot. All was going really well. Since this was our first day back to the icy pathways & sidewalks, we slowed it down to a nice steady walk. This gal is such a great soul to be with that I was warming up from just being in her company. See you next week for our play-date 🐾🐾. The Doggy Business Report: 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.53 km DURATION: 1:04:06
There was some good and some slightly concerning news to report from my run with Zenna today. The great news is that we zipped off from her door into the crisp fog at a steady trot. She's a perfectly steady run partner to enjoy a Friday morning with. We stopped a few times to take in the wonderful smells along the river (okay, that was just Zenna), but for the most part, she kept moving at my side as we ran past ducks, geese, and the odd squirrel without incident. But as we were heading towards Zenna's home, I could feel her tire and slow. In the middle of Stanley Park, Zenna decided to take a moment to rest (fair enough), but as she rose it seemed as though she had a limp in her front right paw. We took it easy the rest of the way home where we gave a quick call to Zenna's humans to report. Okay, Zenna, it's time to rest and take care. The scoop: 1 poop, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.07 km DURATION: 1:02:15
Hello Zenna, 🐾 aren't you a real Sweetie Pie!! It was lovely meeting your humans too. We headed out on this cool morning and ran the river pathways. I can not imagine another better way to start a weekend off. Having this calm zen pooch beside you running through the beauty of the river pathways and Autumn colours. Zenna and I came across many fantastic Halloween decorate front yards. Zenna was fine laying down beside the black blow-up cat and then.....it moved. Not so cool anymore! It took a few treats to increase from 7K to 8K. Zenna, I hope we get to spend time together real soon. You're a true gem. The Doggy Business Report: 1 soft poop & 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.03 km DURATION: 1:05:07
What a sweet and beautiful pup!!! Good times outside today and what a gorgeous day! So many pretty places around that neibourhood! Lovely benches, alleys, and views!! We saw lots of wildlife too: geese, squirrels, bunnies.. Zenna would want to chase but we kept on moving! We did some uphills and stairs, Zenna seemed to act more tired half through, but treats helped to get her energy back! 3 pees, 0 poop.
DISTANCE: 7.52 km DURATION: 1:02:53
A nice, warm trail run with Zenna! I won't be seeing her for two weeks so I'm glad I could make this one special. We went on another adventure run today with no idea of where we were headed. One thing about Zenna is that she always runs faster on the trail than the sidewalk and she loves to stop and sniff all the time. She's almost always smiling during our runs and I've had a great time getting to know her. I'll see you in two weeks Zen! Go easy on those mad dashes down the hill with your new runner! The Scoop: several pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.84 km DURATION: 1:04:34
I think Zen was a little surprised when she first saw me today! But still happy at least! We tried a new path out today which was interesting enough, and went through some of the parks they have around the river. Most of it was all new and we were both excited to do a little exploring. Zenna was also very attentive and sweet to the other dogs we met on our way. Lots and lots of squirrels too. Zenna, squirrels, and ice do not mix. I'll see you tomorrow, pretty girl! Scoop: 2 poos, several pees.