National Dog Day August 26, 2021

Canine Companionship Improves Human Health

Here Are Links To Convince You Of The Health Benefits of Dog Ownership

Get information about National Dog Day here: National Dog August 26, 2021

Harvard Health Publishing – Heatlh – Special Report: The Health Benefits of Canine Companionship

The Power of Pets | NIH News in Health: Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions – Petting A Dog Can Lower Your Blood Pressure 8/30/20

Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.

It Started With A Meatball

A Canine Adventure Story for  For Animal LoversTeam Peak Performance says that after six days, they "crossed the finish line with 5 members instead of 4 as the 12th top team in the world."

Team Peak Members and Arthur the Homeless Dog

A lonely, homeless, dog, followed a Swedish race team through water, rough terrain, and muck, after they took pity on him, and fed him Swedish meatballs, while on an endurance race in Ecuador.

The story received international attention, appearing in the Washington Post, NPR, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, and the BBC, to name a few.  The team named the dog Arthur, who is now a global celebrity.

The team traveled 430 miles in six days and six nights, using maps as their only guide.  After two-thirds of their journey, they were adopted by Arthur.

Known as Team Peak Performance, they walked through Amazon rain forests, and kayaked through rivers.  At first they hesitated about having the dog travel in a kayak, and decided to leave him.  But the dog prevailed, after jumping into the water after them.  They took him on board, where Arthur rode in one of the kayaks.  The team came in 12th in the Adventure Racing World Championship.

Long story short.  Happy ending.  Arthur was adopted by one of the team members, Mikael Lindnord, and now lives in Sweden.  Read more on the Team Peak Performance Facebook page, where there are plenty of photographs of the team, and their mascot, Arthur.  A lucky dog.

Copyright 2015 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core Personal Training


Disabled Dog Saves Handicapped Boy

The Story of Owen and Haatchi

This post is for animal lovers who enjoy a sweet story about the human-animal bond, and how Owen Howkins, a handicapped 9 year old boys’ life was turned, around with the help of his disabled, 3-legged canine friend, Haatchi.

Owen was born with  Schwartz-Jampel Syndrom, a rare, painful condition, that causes muscles to permanently contract, resulting in severe muscle stiffness.

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Owen and his dog Haatchi

Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd was abandoned on railroad tracks, when he was 5 months old.  He was hit by a train, and left to die.

The dog was rescued, brought to a local animal shelter, and then adopted by Owen’s parents.

Owen states “I didn’t really meet many others with disabilities and felt like the odd one out, which made me really sad. But when I saw Haatchi , and saw how strong he was, even though he only had three legs, I became stronger myself. I love him so much.”

I’ve followed this story on You Tube, and decided to post it on my blog.  If you go to You Tube and search for Owen and Haatchi, you’ll find many videos of their continuing story there.

Copyright 2015 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core Personal Training