You may not be aware, gentle readers, that I am known in certain circles as Ar the Sun Dog. It’s an honorary title for the most part – bestowed upon me by an ancient Beaver Culture, the remnants of which make their home just outside Sheboygen. They don’t worship me or anything like that, but they do send me small tokens and gifts throughout the year. Nothing extravagant, mind you – shell necklaces, books of poetry, smoked meats. It’s nice to be recognized, I must say.
My own love affair with the sun came at an early age. I always knew the sun and I shared a special connection. We both are warm, energy-giving points of light. We both shine brightest around 2:30 p.m. And we both find joy in just settling peacefully at the end of the day with a puzzle and a light savory snack. Well, I don’t actually know for certain that the sun likes savory snacks – he may indeed have quite the sweet tooth. But I am sure that he loves a good puzzle, just as much as I do.
The truth is, dear subscribers, that everything just feels better when one is in the sun. Allow me to illustrate …
Here I am, basking in this particularly plush sunbeam. Do you see how content and peaceful I look? I remember it was a lovely afternoon and Mama Dog had left the curtains open so I could bask. Delightful.
And this is me soaking up an early morning sunbeam and surveying my domain. I look noble and majestic, don’t I? (Mama & Daddy Dog have since replaced this sofa with a new one. The new one doesn’t have cushions like this so I can no longer sun myself on a lofty perch. Hateful humans.)
The health benefits of sun exposure are well documented. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’ve read article after article stating that regular and prolonged sun-basking can eliminate cavities, strengthen tail-wagging muscles, cure warts, and even make one’s beard grow faster.
Ever in pursuit of health and wellness, I will continue to seek the healing and regenerative sunbeams, regardless of how inconveniently placed I might be. My humans can walk around me or step over me. It’s not like their legs are only 3″ long … Good day and Thank you for your support.