And oh boy, did we have something good.  Let me explain.

There are clinics that have fancy-pants underwater treadmills allowing hydrotherapy.  That’s expensive talk for your pet being put in a harness that supports them while they’re immersed chest deep in a stainless steel tub that contains a treadmill at the bottom.  This therapy is beneficial to animals needing low-impact exercise to build strength and aid in the recuperative process.

Needless to say, EHF does not have this.  HOWEVER, I do believe the volunteers devised a system that is quite possibly even better.  We had many dogs that suffered from ailments leaving them unable to walk unassisted.  Everyday at 5pm when we’d close for the day, the volunteers would dash through the house, toss on their bikinis and take these dogs across the street to the lagoon.  The water is warm like bathwater and the waves are gentle enough to be soothing.  The volunteers took turns supporting the dog while he got to enjoy impact-free exercise; lightly swimming and being the center of attention.  This therapy provided much needed playtime, exercise and attention for these dogs.  And it was equally beneficial to the volunteers.  After a full day on your feet being bitten by mosquitos, a dip in the lagoon does wonders to make it all better.  Add a dog that is thoroughly enjoying his swim time, and that just can’t be beat.

Be honest, if you could opt to have your ailing pet do hydrotherapy, which would you prefer?  Being strapped to a stainless steel tub on a treadmill or dog paddling in a lagoon while being lavished with undivided attention?  I’m amazed clinics in LA haven’t already thought of this and charge out the nose for it.  They’d make a killing.

Tipsy's brain is fine, her motor skills are not.  Sacha supports her while she gets a bit of playtime.

Tipsy’s brain is fine, her motor skills are not. Sacha supports her while she gets a bit of playtime.

Tipsy's boyfriend, Shredder, gets some much needed float time with Christina

Tipsy’s boyfriend, Shredder, gets some much needed float time with Christina

 

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Mama and Macy never pass up a chance to join in

Everybody in the water!

When one dog goes swimming, they all go swimming

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