Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Great morning here! After days and days of rain, much needed I might add, the sun is shining. Just got back from a walk in the park where I met a new friend. His name is Wes, and he has two adorable long hair dachsunds. He walks them both at once until one gets tired. That pup takes a rest in the truck and the other gets 1:1 time with Wes. When Oscar gets tired, he goes to the truck and Joe gets another walk with Wes. Me? I am there trying not only to give my shihtzu a little exercise but to help him get more used to people. I don't like it when he pretends he will eat you up! So I joined Wes in his walk....good for Buddy, and I had somebody to talk to!
As we stared our third lap, Wes stopped and moved a rock from one pile to another on top of a flat post. I had noticed the pile of rocks and wondered why someone had put them there. What Wes does is, every time he completes a lap he removes a rock from the pile and puts it on another post. So....when all the rocks have been moved to the second post, he has finished his 9 laps. Each lap is 1/3 mile so he gets in 3miles! Oh, I forgot to tell you. He does this 3 times a day! Yep....so he is walking 9 miles a day with his dogs and sometimes with friends, new and old.
You know it. He lost 35 pounds the first year he did this with no change in diet. He is the cook at home and he eats very well. You can tell that. :) He gained 25 back after a personal trauma resulted in him sitting at home and eating the house. He just didn't care for awhile. He's back out there now though....and that is the story of the 9 rocks.
I am inspired. I just expect I will be walking with Wes again before long. Such a nice older man enjoying his retirement his way....long walks with his dogs, good food at home, and his sweet wife.