Cycling can change your life…

by bringing a new friend into it.

I almost never ride my bike on Friday, because I do club rides on the weekend and I need the day off. But three years ago, on a beautiful Friday in May, Diane and I decided to take a tandem spin around the Linden area and stop at the Fruit Bowl for some coffee and a delicious calzone.

As we sat outside we were joined by a little black dog, who kept his distance but accepted food handouts. Ralph, the owner of the Fruit Bowl, came over and told us that he was a stray that was hanging around. Ralph and some of his employees were feeding him.

Stoker was instantly ready to take him home, and I thought that was pretty good idea. We have had a variety of pets over the years (3 dogs, 7 cats, 5 goats, some fish), but we were currently down to one outdoor cat. Ralph said he could get him on a leash after we left, so we finished our ride and Diane drove back to pick him up and bring him to his new home.

We named him ‘Luke’, because the Fruit Bowl is founded and run by the Lucchetti family. And Luke pretty much runs things around our house. He needs a daily walk, some play time, the most expensive and healthy food available, and plenty of warm soft places to sleep. He detests other dogs and barks when he sees then wandering through the orchard, defending his turf from behind the perimeter of his fenced yard. When we travel we hire a house sitter who loves him and gives him the attention he needs.

If Diane and I were not cyclists, we would never have adopted Luke, and our lives would be missing a wonderful companion .

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    Rich Freggiaro

    Richard Freggiaro is a Stockton area native who grew up on his family’s farm. After an nine year detour to Davis for College, Washington DC for work, and Iowa for graduate school, he returned to San Joaquin County and spent the next quarter century farming with his father. He has been married to Diane for 31 years. He is (mostly) retired which leaves him plenty of time to ride each of his 4 bikes, and he is an enthusiastic and passionate cyclist. Read Full
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