Paws-itively adoptable: yoga with a twist hosted at Olde Mother Brewing Co. – Frederick News Post

Posted: February 25, 2020 at 1:43 am

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Its the perfect combination: doing yoga in a brewery while surrounded by free-roaming, adoptable dogs and puppies.

And its exactly what two classes of 45 people got to experience at Olde Mother Brewing Co. in Frederick on Sunday.

Youre taking something healthy: yoga. Right? And youre bringing animals that can be adopted...thats wonderful. You cant get anything better than that, I dont think, said Sarah Chlebowski, who attended the event. I just think its a really good thing.

The event was led by Sol Yoga Advisor Wendy Phillips and the class was coordinated by Doggy Noses & Yoga Poses, an organization that helps raise money for animal rescue groups.

On Sunday, a portion of the proceeds went to Key to Lions Heart Rescue, located in Derwood, Maryland.

Chlebowski wasnt there to adopt a dog, since she and her husband already have one at home, but never say never was the phrase of the day when floppy puppies began romping around the room.

Ann Anders accompanied Chlebowski and said she was excited to have a great day spending time with a friend, doing yoga and playing with puppies.

She said events like this are important because people can see dogs in their natural environment, instead of in cages.

Here, we can see how playful they are and loveable and their interactions with other dogs so I think its a great opportunity for the community to come together and support a great cause, Anders said.

Doggy Noses & Yoga Poses was founded by Debra Furstenberg and was originally based out of Central New Jersey.

We started it two and a half years ago, she said. It was originally supposed to be a one-time event. It was a community service project for my older daughter and after the first one people wanted to do more of them.

The program has now expanded to seven states and donated over $80,000 to animal rescue groups.

Furstenberg said that the events arent just good to support animal rescue groups and introduce adoptable dogs to people but they also help the communities where the events are held.

We always look for rescues who are local to the venue. We look for yoga studies and instructors who work local to the venue. We really want new audiences to be introduced to everybody we work with, she said.

Furstenberg said part of what keeps her going is her love of animals, but also her love of the people who rescue them.

I see some of the stories that they tell about, you know, the situations that they go into to rescue the animals, some of the conditions that these guys are found in, some of the places that theyre kept in and rescuers, in my mind, do something that you need to be a certain kind of person to do, she said.

Ali Imhoff and Chelsea Hayas-Keller came to the event together and Imhoff was already eyeing one of the puppies before she got there.

Im hoping to [adopt a dog], she said. I keep going back to one in particular.

Imhoff said events like this one are important because they bring awareness to charities and dog adoption but also help support local businesses like Sol Yoga and Olde Mother Brewing.

I just think its really important to collaborate and show what Frederick is about, she said.

Hayas-Keller has two dogs of her own and wasnt looking to adopt on Sunday but was excited to spend time with the puppies and see how yoga and dogs were incorporated.

I think for these dogs, theyre getting to know each other, theyre getting to know us and different humans and getting comfortable around all these people, she said. It makes them more adoptable.

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