DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 6.7 km DURATION: 1 hour 9 minutes
I think Zenna had the "Friday Feels." What is that? Well, it was more about enjoying sunshine and going at more of a speed- walking pace than a run. I think with the melting snow, there were lots of enticing scents which meant more stops. We also met an admirer who told us from afar that he has had 5 Bouviers in his life because they are the best dog. It was a pretty chill Friday stroll with only 1 Chihuahua who yapped at Zen and she gave a snarl back. I probably would have reacted the same way. Thanks for a great start to the week. The Scoop: 1 poo and several pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 6.5 km DURATION: 1 hour 1 minute
It is always so nice to get fresh air with Zenna. I got out this morning for a run with my pup Teddy and husband and it was so 🥶 cold that I looked like a granny with white snow-frosted hair. What a difference a few hours make. The bright sun and temperature change with Zenna was so nice. Everyone we saw kept at a distance but was craving interaction so we got a lot of hellos and "what a sweet dog." “Why, hello there and yes, she is pretty wonderful.” Zenna brings out the best of people even in the worst of times. Zenna kept a consistent light jog pace and had a few sniffing stops as well as stops to quench her thirst with some snow. I know her regular DGR Runner Cheryl misses her so I will send her a photo as well. Thanks again to the family for allowing us to continue our Fridays with Zenna!
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #2
DISTANCE: 7.5 km DURATION: 1 hour 10 minutes
Today, Zenna and I greeted each other with 'A-ooooh', which was new, and playful. This girl was ready to go today! Out the door and she was in running mode. She took the wind whipping in her eyes like a boss! She was enjoying the colder temps and the huge piles of fresh, untouched snow. We started out on our (now) usual route but we decided to tackle a new hill along the way. I asked her if she was ready and up she went! Steady, focused, and confident. It was wonderful to see her determination on tackling this long climb! We got in some good distance today combined with some challenges. Zenna was a very happy pup today; smiling a lot and enjoying the brisk weather. We just had a great time together. Thanks, doll! The Scoop: 11 pees, 1 poop.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #2
DISTANCE: 6.9 km DURATION: 1 hour 11 minutes
Today's chapter of Running with Ms. Zenna is called 'Thanks for the Love'. I picked up my friend at her house and off we went for another Friday adventure. She was so interested in all my stories today; often looking at me with care and excitement the way a human friend does when you talk about fun plans for the weekend. Zenna was her usual self for the most part though she was absolutely amazing around other dogs today. She isn't usually a social being, but today she gave a few dogs a chance and I was so proud of her! We got in a decent 7k today and when I dropped her off at home she stayed with me for a minute or so, just getting extra pats and looking at me with affection. You are the best secret keeper out there, beautiful. I can't wait to tell you all about the weekend when I see you next week!!! The Scoop: 4 poops and quite a few pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #2
DISTANCE: 7.4 km DURATION: 1 hour 19 minutes
Zenna, is that really you?? I heard you got groomed last week but I wasn't expecting to see a brand new dog! To see your beautiful eyes so easily was a treat for my soul! So, we headed out as we always do, and I followed your lead of the route you wanted to take. You had a good gallop going today and it was amazing that even with all that hair off of you, you still needed to plank and eat (clean) snow just to cool off. A Passersby called you 'beautiful' today and I, myself, couldn't take my eyes off of you. The weather today was very pleasant and you enjoyed every step. When I cautioned you to 'avoid the ice' on various sidewalks, you moved over into snowbanks, took a look at where I was stepping, looked me in the eyes, and carried on slowly. You are just such a thoughtful girl. You did really well on the paths today, my friend, sharing space with strollers and other joggers. Thank you for a very nice time this morning! The scoop: 17 pees, 2 poops.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #2
DISTANCE: 7.5 km DURATION: 1 hour 15 minutes
Oh, Miss Zenna...today you were such a delight to not only me, but everyone who saw you. You like to run on my left side but whenever a person or cyclist approached on the left you gently slide over to the right. Everyone today commented on your beauty and especially your smile. You were in a great mood as we ran up and over hills and explored some more areas. I have to share this great moment with you: an elderly woman passed by us as we were taking a walk break. She mentioned that her dog recently passed and that you reminded her of her beloved Roscoe. She wanted to touch you so I asked you to sit and you did. I crouched down beside you and the woman did, too. She put out her hand to you and you reached out and kissed it. She got very emotional, patted you on the head, thanked you and we all walked away. I looked back at her and she was looking back at you, wiping her eyes. You are such a sweet girl; gentle, curious, and kind. We seem to have a bit of a routine now and it is always nice to be with you. Today, you took to fresh snowballs from my hand as happily as if they were liver treats. Thank you for another wonderful hour. The scoop, 2 poops, 10 pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 7.7 km DURATION: 1 hour 8 minutes
Today you met me at the bottom of the stairs With a kiss at the ready and beautiful brown-eyed stares, you practically put the harness on by yourself You were ready to go, your excitement was top-shelf. So off we went on a much cooler day For a black dog like you, you must prefer it this way. You had a spring in your step and your pace was steady. You sniffed so many trees and posts; not a scent to waste. You enjoyed a dip in the water. You didn't need too much time I guess because today wasn't hot! A quick cool-off was fine. Today, you saw geese, squirrels, and magpies in flight. You looked around at everything and took it in with delight. The children in strollers said 'ooh, look at that doggie's face!' And they pointed at you, and they're right, you're an ace. Calm and cool, You would eat a yummy treat and it brought you back to a gallop. An hour with you makes for a terrific day. Let's do it again. I'll see you next Friday! The scoop: 1 poop and 5 or 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 8 km DURATION: 1 hour 8 minutes
It was a hot one today for Miss Zenna. After a bit of a slow start which included sitting under trees for the breeze, she found her legs and off we went on a nice stroll together. There really wasn't a planned route today, but Zenna was agreeable to whichever direction we turned and, as a result, got a special treat of not one, but two planks in the water, one on the out and one on the return. She truly was loving every minute of being in that crisp water. I think someone is going to have a good nap this afternoon. Thanks, Zenna, for a lovely time! The Scoop: 2 poops and a whole lot of peeing.
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.