DISTANCE: 7.1 km . DURATION: 1 hour 1 minute
Zenna and I met today for the first time and what a lovely companion she turned out to be! This lady is an excellent runner, kept an amazing steady pace, but also knew how to chill like a boss. She sniffed all around, relaxed in the Stanley Park garden, and planked in the river to cool down! Her long ears flew back in the nice breeze and she seemed to enjoy the beautiful pathways and neighbourhoods of Riverdale and Rideau. Zenna has an amazing demeanour, is super friendly, and gave me good-bye kisses. I miss her face already. Ruth joined us for this run to get me acquainted with this lovely gal! The scoop: 1 poop, 4 pees.
Runner: Cheryl and Ruth
DISTANCE: 5 km DURATION: 55 minutes
Zenna and I always seem to get stuck in the wet and rain! But even with the rain a run with Zenna is just what the doctor ordered. I was feeling a bit stiff and her gentle and relaxed running style suited me just fine. She seem to really enjoy the refreshing rain, and was especially happy to see her mom when she got back home! The Scoop: 9 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 4.58 km DURATION: 59:32
Zenna enjoyed a fun Friday morning exploring the Lindsay Park area! The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day to be out and about. We did a nice run/ walk mix and stopped at the river both ways for a cool off and for her to stare longingly at the ducks! Business Report: 1 poop, 8 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.73 km DURATION: 1:05:09
Zenna took me on a lazy run today. We went out early, before the heat of the day, and we kept to the shady pathways along the Elbow River. Still, she paused a LOT to smell the flowers. Her favourite part of the run was a hop into the river, where she did a plank and settled in for a good cooling off. OK , girl. I get it. If I had your black coat, I'd do the same. All in all, a lovely early morning run with this big Sweetie. The scoop: two poops and five pees for Zenna.
DISTANCE: 7.01 km DURATION: 57:08
I just adore Zenna so when I found out her regular DGR Runner Gabi was injured in her soccer game, last night, I was ready to step in those shoes and take Zen out. This summer has been cooler than usual but this makes a black dog like Zenna quite happy. We alternated between light jog and brisk walking pace with a stop here and there for head pats. We also snuck off the main pathway for some time in green grassy areas and I noticed Zenna becoming more peppy in these areas (as evidenced by the top photo with her big grin). The Scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees. Now that I do not have a Friday run with Byrdie, I may have to schedule myself for a run with Zenna from time to time. Loved my Friday frolic with this beautiful Bouvier.
DISTANCE: 3.85 km DURATION: 54:59
Nice to meet you Zenna! I tried to get this beautiful lady out for her run a little earlier than normal. We hadn’t ran for very long and I could already tell the heat was affecting us. Zenna would stop in the shaded areas for a quick lay down. I wasn’t wanting to push anything today. Especially considering it was already 24 degrees out! Once we got to the river, Zenna happily splashed around. As I threw rocks, she would dive about into the water in an attempt to catch them. Our way home was more of a walk than a run. Zenna would lay down whenever she could, stop & sniff the long grass, and occasionally eat it as well 😅. I tried to tell her not too. I returned a happy panting dog. Zenna immediately laid on the cool floor to take an afternoon nap. Thanks for sharing your morning with me! 3 poops, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.84 km DURATION: 59:50
Wow! I have never seen Zenna move so fast! Right out of the gate, she caught sight of a jack rabbit and off we went! Zoom zoom zoom. The blurry photos say it all! We kept up the excitement for a while, doing our fastest km to date (I think). I tried to get her to keep it up as long as I could but every subsequent kilometer got slower and slower. We got lucky and missed most of the rain, but ended up running through some mucky puddles. While Zenna did not seem as keen on going in the river like last week, she eyed up every puddle. I had to get her going really fast or I am sure she would have plopped right down into every puddle! She seemed in high spirits today and the cloudy skies provided a perfect temp for this fuzzy gal! The scoop: 1 poop, many pees.
DISTANCE: 5.31 km DURATION: 1:00:28
I really thought Zenna and I were gonna make it a real good run today. We started off going real fast. But true to form, 20 minutes in and lots of stops later she was telling me that it was her turn to lead the way. We had lots of stops in the shade after that. She was just itching to get in the river today. But oof, it is real high, fast, stinky, and dirty! Sorry Zenna but that was a definite no today, I think she may have been annoyed with me after that LOL! However it was awesome running in the sunshine this morning, even though Zenna acted like it was too hot for her I think she was just being a silly girl (we didn't even go that far - haha). The scoop, 3 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 4.70 km DURATION: 56:15
It was Dog Gone Raining today! Particularly for Zenna whose curious nose had us walking squiggly paths around the grass in Stanley Park for the first 20 minutes or so. Once we got back on the path though, she happily cruised along beside me; splashing through the puddles and looking longingly at the river. Unfortunately, the rain never really let up so we couldn't snap too many quality photos. But the rain had most people inside so we enjoyed the peacefulness of the quiet paths. Zenna was clearly happy to be back home once we got there. Her patience wearing thin as I tried to towel her off. The scoop: 1 poop, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.94 km DURATION: 59:48
Zenna had a mind of her own today! Even though it wasn't super hot or sunny, Zenna did not wanna run much today. So we did a lot of speed walking and relaxing in the grass. I tried to take her somewhere a bit different but she lagged behind the whole time. She always makes me laugh when she does her little sit or lay-down protests. There were some lovely blue flowers we happened upon, which Zenna refused to pose in for a nice photo. What a goof! We headed home after that and Zenna was very disappointed to not have any chance to lay in the river, but it was particularly dirty looking and smelly and I didn't think anyone at home would appreciate it. Sorry Zenna! The scoop 1 poop, 7 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.78 km DURATION: 1:04:39
Today, with the smoke. we kept it real chill. We just did some walking to get our exercise in, and I think it suited Zenna just fine. She trotted along right beside me; happy as a clam. We walked along the river, and the paths were much more quiet than usual. The runners and cyclists were missing. The smoke over the river looked a lot like mist, if it weren't for the smell we could almost pretend it was! The scoop: 10+ pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 5.26 km DURATION: 58:46
Zenna is a strong, independent doggo that doesn't need a human to tell her how to run. We seem to have our best runs when we do everything Zenna's way. We walk when she wants to, we jog when she wants to, we poop when she want to. So Zenna got to lay in the river not once, but twice today! It was pretty hot and sunny so I let it slide since it seemed to help her keep going for a while. Our first stop was near Sandy Beach, a mere 15 minutes into our run! Our pace was around our usual, a steady jog to a brisk walk. I tried to pick the dirt path since it was shadier but it didn't seem to help her to get going faster. She can be goofy. The scoop: 1 poop, 10+ pees.
DISTANCE: 6.04 km DURATION: 1:01:49
Today was probably out best run yet! We didn't go super fast but Zenna kept her speed up for the most part with the fewest stops and protestations. The paths were super quiet because of the rain, so we had all the space and peace to enjoy the refreshing rain. We zoomed along until the stairs by Sandy Beach and we both slowed down quite a bit afterwards. But Zenna didn't make us stop; only really slowing for the last 10-15 minutes or so. She was also super patient with me when I spent forever towelling her off. We also didn't get too many photos since it was so wet out! But today was lovely compared to what the rest of the weekend looks like weather-wise. The scoop: 1 poop, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.61 km DURATION: 58:48
Zenna and I had our typical run! We cruised along great for the first 25-30 minutes and then Zenna started her little protestations. Then it was pretty slow going for the second half of our run. She seems happiest running on grass so I tried to pick a route that had long stretches of grass, and I do think it helped! We also stopped by the river to cool off her belly and dip her toes in. However, this did not seem to do much to motivate Zenna. Part-way through a little old Golden Retriever sneaked up behind us, NOT on leash and NOT in an off- leash area. But I was so proud of Zenna, she was a champ and was happy to say hi and smell some dog bum. No growling or anything! Can't say the same for the next pup we passed, but still nice to see her react so well. 1 poop, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.18 km DURATION: 59:56
I love these Friday morning jogs with Zenna. She always picks a nice easy pace. Her easy-going style promotes mindfulness not just about running but about the events of the week. The weather was ABSOLUTELY perfect for running - not too hot, not too windy, and dry! Zenna's new haircut is looking sharp! I'm sure it'll be super nice when the sun starts shining again but she still needed to stop and cool off in the snow. We had another little stop by the river. It seems to be Zenna's favourite spot. We came across a few squirrels that piqued Zenna's interest, but she seemed content to simply stare, rather than chase. True to form, about half-way through out run, Zenna slowed down quite a bit and wanted to take her time. Thanks Zenna! 1 poop, 9 pees.