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.
DISTANCE: 7.07 KM DURATION: 1:00:00
It was a gorgeous day where the sun was always shining on me and Zen. We had to be careful of the melting ice. It was lovely out and we had a lot of fun meeting new dogs and laying in the snow. Best of all, no icy paws because it was at that perfect temperature where it was warm enough to not be cold, but cold enough for everything not to turn into water. Zenna doesn't seem all that interested in chasing snowballs, but we did find a tennis ball 🎾 that she had fun with. I'm so glad we had a great time, girl! And Happy Thanksgiving! Scoop: 1 poop, many pees.
DISTANCE: 7.81 km DURATION: 1:05:53
Another dog owner told me today that Zenna's long ears made her look curious, and I have to say curious fits Zenna to a T. She is always so attentive and playful, but she also has a quirky, inquisitive side to her. Like when we go through the trails or whenever we hear a noise, she always perks up and bounces as she runs. She's also so much better with other dogs. She's very friendly but careful and respectful of other dogs' space. In short, Zenna is absolutely lovely and I've been so lucky to get to run her and see how much our runs have changed and only gotten better. The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
DISTANCE: 7.93 km DURATION: 1:09:28
Everything always looks beautiful after a shower, but I will never get used to running outdoors in the rain. But if I get to run with my girl Zenna, it's not really all that bad. Now that the river water is getting cooler, Zen only takes little drinks but we make sure to hit the water fountains in the dog park. She really seems to like that. But the only thing that could convince her to even dip a paw in the water would have to be a duck right beside her. Everyone was very friendly in the dog park and we had a nice break with Rocky who was a rescue from LA. Zenna is always so well-behaved and you could tell Rocky was warming up to her. Great job showing the friendly, Canadian way Zenna! Scoop: 2 poos, several pees.
DISTANCE: 7.34 km. DURATION: 1:00:00
The day was frigid but beautiful. Zenna was off-leash almost the entire time because now with the river being so cold, there's no way you'll catch her dipping more than just her paws in. Plenty of dogs to say hello to as usual and hardly a chance to stop since we had to keep warm by moving and standing still was not much of an option. Even so, it was a beautiful day and I don't think either of us will get tired of Fall colours. They just compliment Zenna so well. The Scoop: 2 pees, 3 poops.
DISTANCE: 7.14 km DURATION: 1:03:09
Zenna and I started our day with a quick walk to the off-leash park. It was quite warm out with a breeze so running wasn't too tough and Zenna certainly enjoyed her stops by the river. We went to the other side of Sandy Beach again where there were many other dogs out. When it got a little too warm for us, we parked on a bench and had a few seconds to enjoy the nice day. Glad I could share one of the last warm days of the summer with this lovely girl! Scoop: 1 poop, several pees.
DISTANCE: 6.82 km DURATION: 1:00:07
Zenna and I had a quick run around the river today because it was surprisingly not so hot. But after the weather we've had it was a welcome relief! I'll be sorry to say goodbye to the warmth but we made the most of it today. And so did a lot of other dogs! Zenna was so well-behaved with them and I was so glad to be out with my girl again. :) She was all about the water today, although we cut it a little short since I believe it has been a while since her last run. Scoop: 1 poo, several pees
DISTANCE: 6.43 km DURATION: 59:36
As everyone knows, today is going to be one seriously ridiculous day in terms of temperature. That is why Zen and I headed out 4 hours earlier than normal. We also didn't want to stay out too long because even at 8 p.m. it was supposed to be around 24 degrees out. We kept our run fairly short with plenty of breaks by the river.. The dog park was absolutely full of people at this hour and Zenna got to interact a bit before a speedy departure back towards home. We left when Zenna was absolutely soaked in river water from nose to tail. There was no getting caught on the other side off the river today either! Well done Zen! I hope you and the family have a great holiday. The Scoop: 1 poo, several pees.
DISTANCE: 7.23 km DURATION: 1:00:01
Zen was REALLY shocked when I came through the door today, but also pretty excited. The second she saw me she knew we were going for a run, even if we had already done that yesterday. It was spitting outside for most of our run but Zenna still enjoyed our stops at the river. Again we went to the other side of Sandy Beach and Zenna was very strong the whole way so I think her paw is feeling much better! Then Zenna was really excited to finish off with a cup of kibble. I personally couldn't eat that fast after a run, but she certainly earned it! Great job, Zen 😊! I'll see you next week! Scoop: 1 poop, several pees.