Monday Bacon: Dogs

People love their dogs. I thought of that this weekend as I watched this…

It also occurred to me that the majority of my FB peeps love their dogs…

Coincidence? I dunno. Are dog people drawn to other dog people or does it just happen that so many people love their dogs? Of course we love our dogs. Preacher was our first Kuvasz and when we brought him home over 11 years ago, he plopped down on the living room floor and told us he was home. He’s our security system and not much goes on in the world around his house that he doesn’t know about. He can pretend not to hear us call for him but then be a floor and two rooms away when he hears the cheese being opened. He’ll come running. Dazzle joined our family last year and has added some pep to our lives. She’s been the perfect companion for Preacher and has kept him feeling  young as he’s entering his senior citizen years. They love coming into the gym with me to train, but not on Snatch and Clean days. Dropping the bar from overhead stresses out Dazzle.

It’s always nice when the Bigg dogs take time to stop and smell the flowers…

One of my most favorite dogs (Bosco) hails from Melbourne, FL and he owns two of my most favorite gym peeps from Harbor City CrossFit…

Dogs give us security, laughter, snuggles, silliness, a reason to vacuum, friendship, and love. I can’t imagine a life without them.

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

Andy Rooney

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For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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