Fitness Unleashed gives shelter dogs something to bark about.

Shelter dog, Nitro, gets poised and ready to walk the trails at WMU-Cooley's Auburn Hills campus during Fitness Unleashed.

Shelter dog, Nitro, gets poised and ready to walk the trails at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus during Fitness Unleashed.

WMU-Cooley law student James Langley gives his shelter dog, Diesel, a drink before their walk on the trails.

WMU-Cooley law student James Langley gives his shelter dog, Diesel, a drink before their walk on the trails.

Dogs and WMU-Cooley faculty, staff and law students are teaming up with the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center to hit the trails this summer for Fitness Unleashed, a cooperative program to help shelter dogs. If you ask participants though, they not only love the idea of giving their shelter dog a much needed walk in the park, they also appreciate roaming the beautiful trails among the spacious 67 wooded acres on WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus.

“I was really impressed by how nicely the trails had been groomed,” exclaimed Cathy Oaten, faculty secretary at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus. “Even the marshy areas had rocks placed so we could walk easily over them. Law students would pop up in various spots on the trails to help give us directions on the paths too. The dogs loved the time outdoors. My shelter dog, Nitro, was so excited, I could barely keep up with him!”

Twice a month, on Wednesdays, the OCAC is on WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus with dogs that need to be walked.  Participants also admitted that it was a great way to get in some exercise and reduce stress.

“I participated in the Fitness Unleashed program and got to walk a dog named Diesel, a Lab/Great Dane mix,” shared WMU-Cooley law student James Langley. “Diesel really liked to run and take in all the smells on the nature trails.  We both got some exercise and had some fun with other students and dogs. It was a great way to step outside my daily routine and relieve some stress.  It was a great thing to do for some dogs that need some love!”

WMU-Cooley law student Sarah Gorski trys to point her dog in the right direction before hitting the trails during FITNESS UNLEASHED.

WMU-Cooley law student Sarah Gorski trys to point her dog in the right direction before hitting the trails during Fitness Unleashed.

“I recently had the opportunity to participate in the new Fitness Unleashed program offered by WMU Cooley,” said Sarah Gorski, a WMU-Cooley law student.  “The program provides many health benefits to the dogs as well as the students participating. Walking the dogs was not only a great cardiovascular exercise, it was also a powerful antidote to stress. Dogs are inherently active animals and the program provides an outlet for their energy. My experience with the program was wonderful and I would definitely recommend other students to participate in such a great cause.”

The Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center and WMU-Cooley Auburn Hills faculty, staff, and students get ready to walk their shelter dogs during Fitness Unleashed. Those participating in the program give the pets some much-enjoyed attention and take them for walks on the campus’ 67 wooded acres. From left, WMU-Cooley staff member Cathy Oaten joins Brianna Bolton and Cooley students Eric Shepherd and Matthew Super as they begin their Fitness Unleashed dog walk on the WMU-Cooley Auburn Hills campus.

The Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center and WMU-Cooley Auburn Hills faculty, staff, and students get ready to walk their shelter dogs during Fitness Unleashed. Those participating in the program give the pets some much-enjoyed attention and take them for walks on the campus’ 67 wooded acres. From left, WMU-Cooley staff member Cathy Oaten joins Brianna Bolton and Cooley students Eric Shepherd and Matthew Super as they begin their Fitness Unleashed dog walk on the WMU-Cooley Auburn Hills campus.

 

 

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