I’m out of dog biscuits. This is a serious problem and I don’t even own a dog.
Every day Sugar stops by. He is a rescue dog from Tennessee. His family asked for a forty pound dog and they sent Sugar.
He is all white, half of his tail is gone and he is missing a tooth. I think things were tough in Tennessee.
Sugar is a first time dog for his family. He takes care of twin five year old girls and their nine year old sister plus mom and dad.
Sugar has been around for about a year now and we’re not sure how old he is. But he now weighs 125 pounds and likes to sleep in the sun. Life is good in Rhode Island.
The rescue people forgot to mention he is mostly Great Pyrenees. Oops!
Sugar has a very wide body, his head is enormous, he drools and shakes great gobs of dog spit everywhere and sheds enough fur to make a sweater daily.
He really likes to visit me. At night when my studio is closed and all the lights are off he still stops by. He sits down and won’t leave.
It takes his human seven or eight minutes to convince him I’m not there and to continue with his walk.
I’ve cut him down to one biscuit from his usual two. He needs to slim down a little.
I’m pretty sure it’s the biscuits, but I think Sugar likes me. He puts his head between my legs and worms his way forward until he is half in front and half behind and then he leans on me. He always leans right, onto my left leg and looks back and up at me.
I think it’s a hug. I always laugh and feel good after; so it must be a hug.
Hugs make me feel better. Sometimes when people are sad if you hug them they feel better and then it’s easier for them to talk about the thing that’s making them sad.
Children are the best huggers. Their love is all around them and when they hug you it surrounds you too.
When you hug someone you love, life pauses for just a moment as your souls connect and there is peace and that makes a difference.
Peter Holmes – Peter’s fitness career spans over 30 years. He has owned and operated multiple fitness facilities. He is a former educator who has coached at the high school and collegiate level including The United States Coast Guard Academy. He is a three time national champion in men’s’ amateur baseball and a silver medalist at the Nike World Games. He continues to work with clients out of his Providence RI studio. He is fascinated by the current studies in epigenetics and the neural links that control human performance and health.
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