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Dog Capitán sleeps on the grave of owner...

For the past 6 years, a dog named Capitán has slept on the grave of his owner every night. His owner, Miguel Guzmán died in 2006 and Capitán disappeared shortly after the family attended the funeral services. They searched everywhere and put out flyers to try and find him. But no one had seen him.</p>
<p>A week later, some people who were at the cemetery late one evening spotted Capitán laying on a grave and they contacted the grounds keeper at the cemetery. The cemetery notified the family who promptly came to pick him up and take him home. But each night he would cry and scratch frantically at the door to go out and he wouldn't return home until morning. It was later discovered that Capitán would walk the 3 miles back to the cemetary each night to guard his master's grave.</p>
<p>It has been nearly 7 years now. The cemetery does not close the gates until he arrives each night promptly at 6 pm. He sleeps there all night guarding the grave until the grounds keeper opens the gate in the morning.

For the past 6 years, a dog named Capitán has slept on the grave of his owner Miguel Guzmán every night.

Miguel Guzmán died in 2006 and Capitán disappeared shortly after the family attended the funeral services. They searched everywhere and put out flyers to try and find him. But no one had seen him.

A week later, some people who were at the cemetery late one evening spotted Capitán laying on a grave and they contacted the grounds keeper at the cemetery.

The cemetery notified the family who promptly came to pick him up and take him home.

But each night he would cry and scratch frantically at the door to go out and he wouldn’t return home until morning.

It was later discovered that Capitán would walk the 3 miles back to the cemetery each night to guard his master’s grave.

It has been nearly 7 years now.

The cemetery does not close the gates until  Capitán arrives each night promptly at 6 pm and sleeps there all night guarding the grave until the grounds keeper opens the gate in the morning.

“A Year Without Showering”? Got showered naturally? Cleaned up with dirt?

As of today it has been one year since my last shower.  I know that sounds crazy and a year ago I would have agreed with you.  I was a regular showering guy for the first 26 years of my life. Well, maybe not every single day, but just about.

So how does a regular showering guy end up going 365 days and counting without taking a shower?

It started with a long bike ride across America to promote sustainability and eco-friendly living.

I set a bunch of rules for myself to follow to lead by example. The rule for water was that I could only harvest it from natural sources such as lakes, rivers, and rain or from wasted sources such as leaky faucets.  And I kept track of exactly how much I used, with an aim of showing just how little we need to get by.

I made it through the 100-day bike ride without taking a shower and for me that was quite the task in itself.  But everything had gone so well that I decided to continue my showerless streak.  I set a goal for 6 months and when that day passed I figured I might as well go a full year without a shower.

So here I am now, one year later, to tell you story of my year without a shower.

I might as well bring this up right away.  You think I’m really stinky right?  You think I smell like some sort of Swamp Monster like this:

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Actually, nope.  When I say that I haven’t showered that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t bathing. I swam almost daily in places like this:

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And showered in waterfalls like this:

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and I used eco-friendly biodegradable soap when I needed to.

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But I learned that by living naturally I didn’t need cosmetic products anymore.  I just used some soap, toothpaste, and essential oils and found that to work real well.

This compared to previously using colognes, deodorant, shampoo, lotions, and all sorts of other products full of chemicals.   And guess what?  I had no lack of friends!

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In fact some even bathed with me.

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And I even had some romances in that year.

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Nobody thought that I smelled at all.  And I surprised myself at how clean I was, just like everyone else.

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I realized that water doesn’t have to come from a shower head to get me clean. You can wash yourself in lakes.

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Rivers.

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Or just by sitting in the rain.

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But when natural water wasn’t available I found other places to clean myself without having an impact.  Like this leaky fire hydrant in Brooklyn:

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Or this blasting fire hydrant in the Bronx:

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I learned that I can air dry rather than using a towel.  And this meant less laundry, which saved even more water.

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And I also turned my shower time into a time to connect with nature.  It became my favorite time of the day, when I would disconnect from the stresses of life and be present with my surroundings.

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Sometimes I jumped around before jumping in.

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And sometimes I just chilled out.

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Other times I contemplated life.

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And on occasion I’d have guests.

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I learned that the average American uses about 100 gallons of water per day. But I was able to use less than 2 gallons per day on my bike trip.  That’s just 8 Nalgene water bottles.  (This was not including the natural water and leaky sources that I bathed in.)

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Most importantly I learned to really appreciate every last drop.

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Because water gives life to all of us and the animals too.

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When I got home from my bike trip I resumed  life at home but managed to use just 10-20 gallons per day.

That is 5-10 times less than the average American uses.  (Why not work to reduce the amount to 2 gallons by using small wet towel to rub?)

I went another 8 months without showering and conserved over 5,000 gallons of water and had plenty of fun with friends at the same time!

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And when I didn’t feel like swimming, but I needed to get clean, I just rubbed myself down with a cloth and a gallon of water.

But most importantly, I learned that you don’t have to stop showering to be a part of the solution.  Their are many easy ways to conserve water and most are really easy for any of us to do.

You can…

-Flush the toilet less often.

-Take shorter showers or turn off the water while you’re soaping up and scrubbing down.

-Wash clothes less and in full loads

-Turn off the faucet

-Wash the dishes efficiently.

-Install water efficient showerheads and toilets.

-Get your leaks fixed.

-Grow food not lawns.

-Harvest rain.

(Wash your head in a bucket and reuse the water and bucket to dip your feet in)

-(have your head)

-(Use a swab of cotton and alcohol to clean the sweaty parts (arm pits, groin…) in non nerve -wracking days)

-(save the cloth washing water in buckets for reuse in toilet after you piss)

How will you choose to conserve water?   

Start today by picking just one way to conserve and with time do more and more. You’ll likely find it to be quite easy this way.

And if you do all of that, you might start feeling like this!

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Please share this story to inspire others to conserve water!
Photography by Brent Martin

Credits: This article first appeared on robgreenfield.tv

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