DISTANCE: 8.03 km DURATION:1:05:57
Why is it always slipperiest when the weather is nice? I honestly have no idea but it was today. Rossi managed unscathed (it's probably that four paw drive) but I absolutely just wiped out. Thankfully, a bush caught me, even if it was most definitely a thorn bush. It was still better than bruising a bone. Our actual run was pretty uneventful besides that! It was a nice big loop that looks pretty nice on the map rather than our straight line across and Rossi seemed pretty excited to be going down a somewhat new path. I hope you enjoyed our time again bud! Scoop: 1 poop, several pees.
DISTANCE: 6.58 km . DURATION: 59:29
This is my first time running Polaris and Kobe since our free consultation run but I feel like I know them based on DGR Runner Tracy's blogs. These two are quite the pair! I decided they should both go out for some fresh air from the get go. Kobe lasted 20 minutes and then it was time to take him home and get some running in with Polaris. She is such a great runner and loves to shovel snow in her mouth. I also can't get over her smiles; which have the power to make me smile right back at her. I think she was pretty happy about the weather and the pizza boxes we found on the trail left behind by some students we saw walking back from lunch. I dissuaded her from pepperoni slices with a doggy treat. Thanks again for the lovely outing! The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees for Polaris. Kobe had 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.83 km DURATION: 55:25
On today’s walk with Jasper, the sun was shining so bright I could hardly see where I was going. Jasper and I needed sunglasses because the reflection off the snow made it almost impossible to see. We had a great walk today and stayed on our usual loop, but I think next week I will take him to River Park as it’s going to be my last walk with Jasper before I go away. As per usual, Jasper jumped and rolled around in the snow, while also taking a few breaks to catch his breath. I am definitely going to miss this guy and all his little quirks. I am looking forward to our next week's walks! The scoop: no poops, many pees.
DISTANCE: 6 km DURATION: 1 hr 5 min
Freckles surprised me when she ran around the corner to greet me. I forgot Archie was at daycare and that Freckles had free rein of the house. She seemed extra happy because of this and licked my face to say hello. Again, it appeared that this end of town had more snow than the rest, so we headed to the path around the pond to avoid constantly having to jump over snowbanks. We passed a high strung dog and I anticipated a reaction from Freckles and had her sit next to me and focus on me instead of the dog, which seemed to work well. My feet were still hurting me from the previous day, so we kept the jogging to a minimum and instead did a power walk. Freckles didn’t seem to mind this. Once she gets that initial burst of energy out, she seems to settle down into a nice pace. Looks like I’ll be seeing this girl again tomorrow along with her brother! Can’t wait! The scoop: a million pees, 1 giant poop.
DISTANCE: 12.14 km DURATION: 1:06:28
Hello Nell! I heard she was speedy but oh boy, nothing can prepare one for Nell on a mission! Today's mission was to give me an Express Tour of her neighbourhood that I really only saw as a blur. She is so athletic but also so well behaved that it was a true pleasure to be able to run her today. She was so good around other people and dogs. The only reason it took us just over an hour to do the 12 km was because of a few photo/snow rolls/pee breaks. She loves the snow! Although I'm not sure if it's the snow she loves or the chance to run her haltie off that she loved more. We ended the run with a sprint up her block to her home to try to get a bit more energy burnt off but that really only worked for me! She was ready to go for another hour. But unfortunately, I definitely was not! However, it was such a fun run with such a lovely girl that had I had the time I would've loved to let her take me further and faster. That amounted for an absolutely wonderful fun fast run Nell! 1 pee, no poop.
DISTANCE: 6.15 km DURATION: 1:00:42
Today Nikita and Lucy enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day together. The run started off on an exciting note for me as the girls took me skidooing in my running shoes down a fairly steep hill! It was a lot of fun! It was like being a kid again; especially watching Nikita pounce on snow balls that we kicked free as we went down. Lucy is such a trooper, even though the snow was up to her belly! There were a few off-leash dogs on the paths, so we took a couple detours and they seemed to enjoy the change in route. Although, they were such happy doggos today, that I'm sure no matter where I took them, their smiles would've been just as big! Thanks for the beautiful and entertaining run girls! I can't wait until next time! Nikita - 1 pee and 1 poop, Lucy - 6 pees and no poops.
DISTANCE: 9.19 km DURATION: 1:24:29
Oh, hello Kiddos! How is everyone today? Once again, it was silent when I came in the house. Pinky was sleeping in her chair, the other gals were at the top of the stairs, and only Shadow came to meet me. We got ready quickly and out we went. I don’t think Shadow was impressed with the weather again. It was another -20c morning and his face was completely white after few kilometres. Haha. We maintained a great speed today so Shadow should be very proud of himself! Then, it was the girls' turn. Pinky is always in the lead, followed by Mocha, and Java last. We got to see a few doggies out today so it was nice not to feel lonely out there. I guess the gang and me are ready for some great weather now! Shadow and Mocha had 1 poop each and a few pees. Java and Pinky had only a couple pees.
DISTANCE: 7.37 km DURATION: 1:14:29
Leo had no idea who was walking into his house this afternoon! After a few minutes of warming up to each other, we headed out for our run! I was surprised when he went straight for the snow bank to have a lay down! After about 20 minutes of sniffing and finishing his business, Leo was ready to run! We met some rabbits along the way, and Leo was VERY interested in playing with them. We trekked on though, and made our way to Ramsay where we realized we had lost track of time! We decided to head home and by this time Leo was very attentive and happy to run alongside me. What a great run! The scoop: 1 poop and countless pees.
DISTANCE: 1.93 km DURATION: 20:15
It looked so sunny this morning - I had high hopes that it would warm up quickly. Alas, no. It was still -18C when we set out today for our run. The girls were in excellent spirits though. We ran into apparently an old friend of theirs - a spunky little Doodle-ish pup and had a little play. I almost had them convinced to do a slightly longer loop but then their little bums started to shiver so we followed Gibbons as she led us the shortest way home. Indoor playtime was a hoot as usual. Then, they had a brief play in the yard. I’m all for routine and we have a nice, cold weather contingency thing going here. But, here’s hoping for a bit warmer weather next week!! The scoop: lots of pees for both, no poops.
DISTANCE: 1.56 km DURATION: 50 minutes
I was bit late with Pippin and Mowgli today so I decided to break their walks into thirds. They both went out the first 20 minutes where both of them did #1 and 2. It was actually quite funny because every time a car passed, Mowgli would get excited and start barking at it and this would set Pippin off until Mowgli snipped at him. Next, I did Mowgli. We did about 20 minutes of him walking on his own where we met a friendly Great Dane and another puppy. Mowgli was great with them and so friendly. I was a little worried since it's been awhile since we walked together but he was very good with all the other dogs we met. However, when we got back Pippin did NOT want to go outside and hid under the living room table where Mowgli barked at him. Eventually, we gave up. If we see each other again, we'll try Pippin first then Mowgli. Scoop: Mowgli: 2 poops, several pees. Pippin: 1 poop, several pees.
DISTANCE: 5.36 km . DURATION: 39:41
I couldn’t wait to meet Archie! I remember seeing his pictures on the DGR blog when he was just a puppy. He sure isn’t a puppy any longer! More like a pony! He is still very friendly and playful like a puppy though. I was given a couple warnings ahead of time, but didn’t have an issue getting his nifty collar and leash on. He was just excited to get outside, and gave my plenty of wet kisses! He was full of energy and we set a good pace. I never really felt his strong pull; even when other dogs barked at us from their backyard. He just stood and stared at them until I gave him a light tug to follow me. The path around the pond had been shovelled so we did a couple loops around that. We finished off with a big sweet potato treat! Great to meet you Archie. See you soon! The scoop: 4 pees, no poo.
DISTANCE: 9.25 km . DURATION: 1:32:40
See Shadow! I told you not to get too exited. We have plenty time to find your little Speedo! Although the weather wasn’t that cold, the snow seemed to be back in the picture. I think the kiddos are pouting today. Mom and dad are gone on vacation without them. I could see the difference when I entered the house and it was silent. I thought the kids were in their crate, but no... they were loose in the house; all sitting in their own corner. They were quiet! When mommy is home, they always show a huge amount of happiness but not today! Oh Kiddos, mommy will be back soon. Shadow ran his 8K, looking at each truck passing by to see if mommy was there. I had to cheer him up! The gals were quiet too but they enjoyed their walk still.. Pinky is the one who loves that snow. She is so cute. Shadow, Pinky, and Mocha had a poop and few pees. Java had only 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 2.34 km . DURATION: 44:34
Two outings in one week with Kacie, Kaiser, and Pink? How lucky am I? We were out the door quicker than ever today, as we practically have our routine down. Kacie had quite a bit of pep in her step today; jogging often and keeping up with the group for most of the walk. I am thinking the nicer weather had something to do with this... We met two friends at the park during today’s adventures. We did not catch the name of our first friend, but he enjoyed being chased around by Pink and nuzzling with Kacie. The other pup, named Clifford, ran after Kaiser’s ball while I threw it over and over again. Thanks to you three for being so well-behaved and kind to everyone. Today was one of my easier days as a dog runner at the off-leash, some might even call it ‘a walk in the park’. Pees for all, 2 poops for Kacie, 1 poop for Pink, and 1 poop for Kai.
DISTANCE: 10.14 km . DURATION: 1:10:31
Today, Lucy and I enjoyed a long slow run together through Confluence Park. It was a nice change of pace for both of us since we’ve been doing faster, and sometimes shorter runs through residential areas. Surprisingly, there were no other dogs in the park except for two old Shitzus on their noon stroll. The biggest benefit of the park is that it is totally free of slush, sand, and salt! The only issues were ice-balls because Lucy refuses to do her business anywhere except off the path in snow. Plus, we hadn’t been there for so long that there were lots of things to sniff! Towards the end of the run, Lucy started to get some sneezes so we headed home. When we got back, we ran into Dad and a friend doing hill repeats which was VERY exciting for Lucy. Then, when we got home, we ran into a neighbour who knows and loves Lucy which was also VERY exciting! All in all, it was a nice peaceful run that ended on two very high and exciting notes! Thanks Lucy! 2 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 7.75 km . DURATION: 1:02:00
Hey Murphy! First, I have to apologize for the lack of great photos today. But really I have you and Juno to blame. Let me backtrack a bit. I’ll start by saying that you and Juno were my DGR dream team today. We started at Edworthy where the two of you had a blast; blasting through the snow, playing with other dogs, and getting your zoomies out. You had perfect recall. But with the wind, I was reluctant to pull my hand out of its glove to take photos. I thought there will be other photo ops. So then we proceeded on-leash through the ‘hood. And here’s where you and Juno are to blame for the lack of photos. The whole time you both ran with loose leashes in front of me. Your back sides was all I could take pics of. So I did. It was a beautiful run, even though I don’t have the photos to show for it. Scoop: one poop and two pees.