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As I began to think of what topic to write about to share with my fellow Polka Dots I was reminded of a day that I spent at a Caribou Coffee! This day was just like many before it. I had done tons of one on one meetings with fellow dots, prospective clients, along with a place to catch up with friends and family members. But this day was different!

Think for a minute back to when you were a teenager in science class. You learned about Pavlov’s dog. If you remember, Pavlov taught his dog how to salivate. He did that by ringing a bell and setting out food over and over again. This repeated action taught the dog that every time the dog heard the bell, there was going to be food. Soon he could ring the bell and the dog would salivate even when there was no food.

Taking photos is an everyday thing these days.  In fact, it's not unusual to take 100 photos in one week or even one day.  There's so much talk about making sure we preserve our photos digitally, with backups of backups.  And that's important.  But what we don't talk as much about is preserving our photos in the only meaningful way they can be preserved:  IN PRINT.

I’m not “a runner.” I don’t get up at 5:00 am five times a week to hit the pavement. And I never expected to add long-distance races to my repertoire. But, it all started in my mid-twenties when I rescued my first dog. She was a seven-year-old Vizsla with tons of energy. We started running together a little bit every night after I’d returned from work. Yet, here I am: 40-years-old, a nine-year-old son, countless races, a divorce, and my second rescue Vizsla later…still running.

What started out as a “chore” has become a habit. I have gained so much from my commitment to running, besides doing 5k and half-marathon races. I’ve thought a lot about why I run. Here are the top three reasons for me: