Aren’t you tired of your dog falling into muddy “poodles”? The time and effort it takes to clean them up afterwards is almost not worth it. Well, what if there was a solution that would save you time and effort while allowing your dog to have fun without the mess? Yes, that’s ‘furry’! Let me introduce you to a dog pool…
We are all aware of the benefits that swimming has for humans – dogs can have these same benefits too! Owner of The White Orchid, Mandy Govier, is a qualified Animal Hydrotherapist with extensive training in pool water management and animal first aid; She is ‘paw enthusiastic’ about dogs. Whether it’s arthritis, a spinal injury, ligament issues, or obesity, this non-weight bearing form of exercise is “paw-worthy” for fitness and pain relief. From dog paddling to canine therapy, The White Orchid works to empower, train and heal puppies of all ages.
When I say this pool is a life saver, I don’t just mean that it saves you time and effort by tiring your dog out for you – it was literally transformative. “I remember one person called me and said their 19-year-old collie had three days to live,” says Mandy, “this is their last chance. I carried her paralyzed body with me into the pool and showed her a tennis ball… and her eyes just lit up.” It only took a few sessions – “that was it – she could walk.” After that, she was almost 22 years old, ” we even had her 21st birthday in the pool!”
“It all started,” Mandy recalls, “with my German shepherd, Harvey, who had a massive herniated disc in his spine. After the surgery I was told to put him in a hydropool. He liked it so much that I started taking my other dogs with me.” After seeing how much fun it brought her dogs, she couldn’t help but open her own dog pool. “I had no intention of doing business,” she says, “but here I am 19 years later.” Named after Harvey’s kennel name ‘White Orchid’, Mandy built it from scratch in three years.
The White Orchid in Pulborough features a 30′ x 12′ heated pool with two ramps and non-slip surfaces to allow dogs to enter and exit the pool easily. Dogs are constantly monitored while wearing special life jackets. Whether it’s a group dog socializing session or one-to-one instruction, these 30 minute sessions will leave your energetic dogs exhausted for the whole day! Customers are also wagging their tails – as you can see from the reviews on The White Orchid’s Facebook page.
So if you’re wondering what to do for your dog’s upcoming birthday, need special care for a poor pup, or just want to wear down those teething canines – unless you want to do some doggy swim, you’re most certainly barking in the wrong tree !
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23120327.poochs-pool-party—amy-crouch-christs-hospital/?ref=rss Pooch’s Pool Party – By Amy Crouch (Christ’s Hospital)