DISTANCE: 6.42 km DURATION: 58:17
Well hello Zenna! Aren’t you a cutie pie with that rock star hair do (it kind of reminds me of what I was sporting back in the 80’s). I have a feeling that there will be plenty of river stops!😁 This girl knew the fastest route to the river and didn’t hesitate at all when we got there. She was so excited I almost got pulled in with her as she sprawled out for a refreshing cool-down. We made our way around the path with a few more breaks along the way. The sun was shining and my friend was warm so I explained to her that we didn’t need to move fast - we just needed to move!😂 There’s always bribery! On our way back, we ran into DRG runner Liz and Kahlua! It was a quick hello and we carried on back to the ranch. Thanks for an enjoyable Monday morning meander Zenna! You're a peach! 1 poo and many pees today. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 5.75 km DURATION: 59:46
The sky was all gloom and doom today but Zenna did not let it bring her down! We came across some of the first wildflowers today so that made up from the grey skies. There was a race going on through the park and we had a great time following along with some of the runners and providing some extra morale support. But it was a lot of slow jogging and brisk walking for the majority of our time. Every once and awhile, Zenna would stop and look like she had forgotten where she was going or had forgotten something she meant to bring. Once I'm sure it was to stare at a ceramic rabbit; she must have thought it was real! What a goof. 1 poop, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.93 km DURATION: 58:41
It was so nice to meet Zenna today! She is the perfect pacer for running, I'm sure she could get me through a marathon easy. She got super excited when we crossed through Stanley Park and she got to run through the grass. Zoom zoom zoom! But about half-way, you could also hear a SCREEEECH. She put the breaks on, laid down, and demanded a little break. There were some pets and some treats and we did a lot more walking breaks for the rest of our run. We managed to avoid any rain (woohoo!), and I think Zenna appreciated the shade from the clouds and the cool breezes. Zenna is so funny. She spent most of the run trying to kick up all the leaves and they kept getting stuck all over her! Looking forward to our run tomorrow. 1 poop, 12 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.20 km DURATION: 1:00:15
It was ssslllooowww going today, I thought for sure with the snow and the cool breeze she would be up for a good run. But Zenna let me know very quickly it was gonna more of a jog and brisk walk kind of day. She certainly was happy about having snow to munch on, and loved running on the grass and leaves but it just wasn't quite motivating enough. We all have those days! With a few treats, we got a few stretches of a good speed but her heart just wasn't in it. We went up some stairs and down some hills glad again to have missed getting stuck in the rain or snow. Though it was slow, it was a great way to start the weekend! 3 poops, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.71 km DURATION: 1:08:02
Happy Friday, Zenna! A gloomy day for a run really sets the tone for a somber last run together. However, a little gloom isn't going to stop us! We need to make this last run a gooder. Zenna and I booted down towards the river and this time heading into Brittania and Elbow Park as opposed to Mission. We set our sails towards the Glencoe establishing that as a good half-way point. Zenna and I were cruising during the first half; we set a steady pace with hardly any breaks. It wasn't until we came to the daunting Glencoe hill when things turned from an easy breezy jog to exhausting hill sprints. Although with some convincing and some treats, Zenna and I motored up the hill like champs. At the top, Zenna took a much-deserved lay down full of belly rubs and cookies. We past along Hillcrest Ave to take it the city skyline, I absolutely love the view from up here. Even on a cloudy day like today, the view is still spectacular. It was downhill from there as we zoomed back towards the Elbow River which led us straight back to Zenna's house. Thank you for all this fun these past couples of months, you're such a good girl and were the best way to cap off my running week. This isn't goodbye Miss Zenna; I promise I will see you later! All the best! Love, Paige! The scoop: 1 poop, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.19 km DURATION: 1:10:22
Happy Friday, Miss Zenna! What a beautiful day today for a run, or in your case, a hunt for remaining snow patches. It's no secret that Zenna is a fair weather runner, I don't blame her, I too agree that -10C is ideal for a distance run. It's not to warm, not too cold - just warm enough to have a comfortable amount of layers on and in Zenna's case, a comfortable temperature for her thick coat. I debated on cutting our route shorter, but instead, I figured we just took a little longer to make it back home. We may as well on such a beautiful day. We took things slow and steady; stopping at various ice patches, snow spots, and puddles for a much needed cool-down. The other joggers admired her urge just to sit and watch the world go by as they passed by on their lunch workouts. Zenna has this whole running thing figured out, that is not to run at all and really take it the beautiful spring day. Thanks for the entertainment as always. You are such a sweet girl. See you soon! The scoop: 5 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 7.68 km . DURATION: 1:09:16
Happy Friday, Zenna!! Finally, for once, we are not covered in icicles! The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day for a run! The big melt is on!! Which means, all the hidden smells of last year need to be discovered. Zenna tore through the brown grass; overwhelmed with all the various scents! As we jogged along, she would come to an abrupt stop. Some new smells were just too important to pass up! At least with the sun shining and the temperature above 0C, the wait was definitely bearable. We ran along the river, watching all the geese play in the thawing water. It was a lovely lunch run and I'm so glad I got to share it with beautiful Miss Zenna! See you again next week! The scoop: 2 pees and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 7.58 km DURATION: 1:07:22
Happy International Women's Day, Zenna!!! I am so glad I get to celebrate such a fantastic day with an awesome girl! You are strong and powerful as well as beautiful with a heart of gold. You're such a sweet girl and I am so glad to have you as a friend! We celebrated this incredible day hitting the pavement for a pretty warm run; we hit the trails hard and fast. That was until we ran into some dogs along our route, Zenna made so many new friends today; it was hard to keep track of the names! Although our distance wasn't as long as usual, we made up for it by playing with all the new pups. Zenna really enjoyed meeting a pair of Australian Shepherds. The three of them could have played all day! Thanks for sharing this great day with me Zenna! Enjoy your weekend! Girl Power! The scoop: 1 poop, 5 pees!
DISTANCE: 7.56 km . DURATION: 1:03:31
Happy Friday, Zenna! No surprise here - it's another snowy cold day for a run. Thankfully, it is finally March and that means the first official day of spring is approaching. With it being March, this must mean this polar vortex is near its end hopefully! Knock on wood. Until then, we will bundle up and make the most of it! I know for a fact, Zenna indeed thrives in this colder climate. Along with her, we met a couple of other big dogs like her who also love this weather. So not only did we have a great run today, we met a few new friends along the way! It was really nice getting out in the fresh air, and I must say I'm really starting the dig the whole frozen eyelash look, it very in right now...everyone has it! Jokes aside, I am counting down the days until the warmer weather arrives but until then, Zenna and I will bound through the snow making sure she gets her full fix in before the season is over. Have a great weekend, Zenna! See you again on Friday. The scoop: 4 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 6.74 km DURATION: 1:04:47
Good Morning Zenna. What a huggable big teddy bear you are! I love running down near the Elbow River so today we headed in that direction. Zenna was really happy to get moving this morning. It was sunny, relatively warm, and the pathways were mostly clear. Zenna is very well-behaved on her leash and when she wants to stop for a sniff… she sure let’s you know. She’ll pick up the pace when she’s good and ready. It was a nice slow run today so I talked to Zenna a lot. We slowed it down to a walk a few times. I decided at one point to take her harness off and just use her collar and leash and when I did that, she bounced around and started running again? So maybe, she wasn’t loving the harness today. Who knows? We zigged and zagged through the houses on our way back home and brought it in with a nice walk at the end. It was great to meet you Zenna. Enjoy your afternoon nap today. You earned it. Zenna’s Scoop: 6 pees, 1 poop.
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.