Although I have this discipline to wait, I am not a patient man by native disposition.
And yet, we have a tortoise that will grow slowly. A turtle whose life span will extend perhaps 100 years past my own.
He is known as El Chapo the Turtle and though he be small, he is mighty.
On Sundays I will tell you the tales of his past that may or may not be fictional. The Modern Revolution is committed to changing the way we take care of our bodies and each other. And though food is the foundation of our conversation here, exercising creative muscles is a strong part of bring vibrancy to your mind and your life.
El Chapo and an unnamed woman.
As you can see from the picture, El Chapo does not limit his dreams. As unlikely as it might seem, he never thought such a beautiful woman could refuse him.
He confessed he was nervous to take his chance.
But he did.
Dreams do come true. But, not without taking your best shot. Small, quiet, slower than most – he had something he deeply wanted.
How long did the interlude last?
Well, he is private about that.
She looks happy too, no?
Two Turtles, four chickens, two dogs and five children eat as much as six elephants. And so, they run this online store to bring cash to our local Farmer’s Market. Maybe you need a sweater? Visit us here: YourWeekendWardrobe Should you need a leash or some running gear, we opened a store to help keep all of us in organic dog food, the cleanest turtle fare and chicken feed that gives way to pure, delicious eggs right from our backyard. Please visit AWellRunLifeGear.com
This is currently his favorite tee-shirt:
The Modern Revolution is about the drastic need we have in this country to change how we grow food, prepare food and take care of our bodies.
But nourishing our physician bodies sits within larger context of health and wellness context. The heart, spirit and mind need attention too. The need to love and be loved in return is central to the human experience. Our pets (we have 2 turtle as well – including Instagram Famous ElChapoTheTurtle – who we will talk about on Sundays found on Instagram here).
And so, every Saturday, I am going to briefly tell you about our English Cream Golden Retrievers named Gus and his brother Winston.
This is Chapter 1.
Before Gus and Winston we purchased a Saint Bernard and named him Olympus. This extraordinarily cute dog came to us via an unknown breeder who we foolishly met in parking lot of a local Mexican Restaurant. I am not an experienced dog owner, but what few dogs I have had in my life came to me via people who loved dogs.
This is Olympus.
I did not think anyone could be in the puppy business without a pure heart.
Olympus came with full blown Parvo. He was a lethargic from the moment we received him. Chalked up to the change in environment, we fully expected a vibrant puppy to emerge. Sadly, our family spent 10 days fighting to keep him alive as he deeply suffered the ravishing effects of the Parvo virus.
At the end, it was he and I on my bathroom floor of a tiny house in Central Phoenix. He died right in front of me, his body releasing with life it had in a difficult to watch conclusion of a very short life.
I describe this experience in more detail at my Podcast: Puppy Love.
The hole Olympus left is permanent. The experience’s scar won’t fade. We are grateful for the short time nonetheless.
We found a Gus and Winston through a family that truly loved their puppies and the way they cared for these puppies was similar to the greatest spas in the world. They opened the garage to introduce us to the litter and there has never been a Disney scene that could rival the cuteness of 10 Golden Retriever puppies ferociously licking and tackling us.
We went up to find a single puppy.
We came home with two.
This is Gus and brother Winston.
The story began this way. I will tell you of our lessons Gus and Winston teach us, the love they amplify in our family and tales of how we manage to keep 5 children, two turtles, and four chickens nourished in all their various and demanding needs.
We do our best.
You can read about Gus and his brother Winston every Saturday on this blog who’s intent is to change the world. Ambitious? We are not afraid and we stick together.
Join us and bring your loved ones.
Is Gus gay or straight? His indiscriminate affection makes it hard to tell. He is a gentle soul, whatever his orientation. If you have a small dog, he suggests this hat from his store AWellRunLifeGear:
He is almost 90lbs, but he is all ‘fraidy cat. So if you have a big scary dog like this, he asks you get the double-handled leash to keep everythong safe and civil:
How Loving a Pet Extends your Life
Do you know anyone who dislikes being around pets? If you do, I would like to meet them and find out what is wrong with them because everyone should be a pet lover to some degree. Pet owners should love their pets, because what is the point of owning one? It turns out that loving your pet is more than just superficial attachment to cute fluffiness, too.
Studies have shown there are multiple ways in which pets can scientifically extend the years on an owners life. These are just a few of them:
Keep the Heart Healthy
Pets improve the health of their owner’s heart just by being in their lives. Not only the pets that are highly active outside or inside, but also the simple fact that being around someone you love increases the heartrate and keeps blood pressure levels down.
Feel Good, Unstressed
Pets are fun to pet, that’s why we pet them. Affection is a known stress-reliever, we all need a little affection every day. A pet is the perfect companion, they will never turn down a hug and a pet, and they will not hesitate to give you thanks to show their appreciation. This action in of itself releases oxytocin, the “feel good” hormone that reduces stress, lowers blood pressure.
Pets unite us with other pet lovers, it’s the easiest ice-breaker among strangers. Take your dog for a walk and try not to run into another dog lover along the way. Join a Facebook group for cat lovers and you’re set for life when it comes to finding new friends. Pets are the glue that reminds us of the little things in life, that inner-child in all of us, and that everyone loves to be petted.
Responsibility and Fulfillment
Pets keep us humans on our toes, they depend on us to keep them healthy, happy, and safe. Owning a pet comes with a lot of responsibility, but the rewards are well worth the effort. For couples who aren’t ready to have a child or a child that isn’t ready to be an adult, a pet is the perfect companion to help those along their journey. Those who own pets find a stronger sense of purpose in their lives, because pets don’t let you sit alone and just waste the day away. A pet will rebel in the face of boredom or neglect, that’s your wake-up call to get your act together. That’s what a true friend does for you.
Some people are allergic to pets, but outside of innate allergies, pets are actually a great way to keep your immune system on alert. Since their fur can carry a lot of foreign pathogens or spores in and out of the house, they prove to be valuable for babies and the development of their immune system. Studies have proven that new parents with pets have lower episodes of colds, infections, and allergies. This makes sense, considering the blowback recently from all the crazy usage of hand sanitizers.