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“I am going to miss my connection because you are too fat”

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The plane was delayed because the flight attendant could not find a seatbelt extension for Eric. The person sitting next to Eric turned to him and said with complete disgust, “I am going to miss my connection because you are too fat”. That was the turning point for Eric.

Eric, overweight with a number of health issues, had been told by his doctor to buy a funeral plot because he would need one in the next five years. He was 51 years old. On the advice of a doctor, he went to the animal shelter and saved a dog, an overweight middle-aged dog he named Peety. They made changes, and in a year they were transformed.

People need the right motivation to change their lives. Eric credits Peety with saving his life. Eric’s story is inspiring. The video, Eric and Peety, is poignant and well worth watching; it certainly made my day.

It has been more than five years since the change. Eric is still here, and he runs marathons.

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Lasting Impressions: I will never get another dog

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Lasting Impressions, number two in a series.

In all my years working at various health clubs, several thousand people have walked through the doors. Some become members, some not. Some become casual acquaintances, while others become life-long friends. A few make a brief appearance and are gone. One such person, I think about to this day.

He came into our health club to look around; he was in his mid-fifties. He gave my dog Stella a rueful look, and after a long pause, he said he would never get another dog. I asked him why. He told me he had had a wonderful dog that died for no explainable reason when the dog was five years old. He said it was such a painful experience that he could not bear to go through it again.

Stella was two at the time. The guy’s words haunted me. I thought about what he said with the passing of each of Stella’s birthdays, especially on her fifth birthday. Stella turns 12 in a couple of days.

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The therapeutic effect of the mutual dog gaze

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From this Scientific American article, Is the Gaze from Those Big Puppy Eyes the Look of Your Doggie's Love?  come this quote:

 “Many studies find that positive interactions between people and dogs can be beneficial for both species. Increases in β-endorphin
(beta-endorphin), oxytocin and dopamine—neurochemicals associated with positive feelings and bonding—have been observed in both dogs and people after enjoyable interactions like petting, play and talking. “

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Stella and Bella

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Written by Personal trainer Amy Hard

Meet Stella and Bella, Our Furry Gym Friends

Kelly Personal Training is a fun place to be for a lot of reasons. Two of them are Stella and Bella who are often found hanging around the gym. Like many in Austin, most of us who work at Kelly Personal Training are dog lovers, so we enjoy having these two Cocker Spaniels within petting distance while we train our clients - they add a nice cozy feel to our little Northwest Austin neighborhood gym. Some of our clients have called our gym their “Cheers Bar”, because many are neighbors or have gotten to know each other over their years at the gym, and they like seeing each other during their workouts.

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