When working out in our fitness center, we bet you appreciate the thick cushy black mats we have laying around and hanging on the walls. These mats provide comfort for joints, and traction for your body during floor exercises. After a while, though, they tend to get worn out. Rather than throw these mats out, the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has turned to Cayleb’s Kindred Senior Dog Rescue as one of our community wellness initiatives.
Like humans, dogs can get old and need a little help moving around. According to Shirley Goldyn, one of the rescue’s volunteers, between 80% and 90% of the dogs in their care at any time have joint and/or mobility issues. Yoga mats, and other textured and padded surfaces help these older dogs with some of those mobility issues, providing traction for them to stand up, and a soft place to lay down.
Because every dollar counts in the wellness world, for both people and dogs, we are very happy to be able to make these mat donations to help the dogs. We are also inspired by their health and wellness success stories, such as that of Brian, the dog pictured here.
Brian was surrendered to the shelter for being “aggressive.” It turned out that rather than actually aggressive, he was hurting, hungry, and didn’t feel well. Brian has diabetes, and didn’t understand how to explain his weight gain and constant hunger to his people. Our friends at Cayleb’s Kindred pulled Brian into their care, started him on a diet, exercise, and insulin routine, and he’s truly blossoming – within a matter of weeks!