Doggie Daycare Hounds Town Commack Rd. Has an Inspiring New 3-Legged Customer
Lulu is a 7-month-old pit mix who has been through a lot in her short life. Rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico by Santuario de Animales San Francisco de Asis in Cabo Rojo, PR, Lulu was hit by a car and severely injured. Her injury required that her back leg be amputated. After some time recovering, Lulu was transported to the United States where she was adopted!
Lulu’s new family brought her to Hounds Town Commack Rd. for doggie daycare. The interaction with other dogs in a natural pack environment promotes not only physical health for dogs, but psychological benefits including socialization, reduced anxiety, and general balance to a dog’s life. “When we remove dogs from their litters and take them into our homes, we also remove their interaction with their own kind–an interaction that is essential for their well being,” explains owner Hounds Town Commack Rd. owner Teri Brodgen. “At Hounds Town, we provide the natural environment that dogs need to interact with each other and regain some of the benefits that come along with that. Socialized dogs are better behaved, more physically healthy, and are generally happier.”
It seems that Lulu’s new PAWrents agreed. Just because a dog is physically disabled does not mean she cannot fully participate in engaging with her peers. In fact, it may be even more important for disabled dogs so they don’t become isolated.
Despite her disability, you would never know that Lulu is physically impaired. Her enthusiastic participation with her new furry friends and her affectionate and playful nature makes her just like any other dog. “We do not discriminate based on age, breed, or disability. We believe all dogs have the right to use our services, and Lulu is a prime example of how a dog can thrive despite this,” explains Hounds Town USA President Jackie Bondanza. “I’d love to say that we specifically train our franchisees to manage disabled dogs, but beyond training them how to conduct a temperament evaluation and create a pack for each dog considering their size and temperament, this is something they naturally are capable of doing.”
This is mainly because disabled dogs are not any different than any other dog. “They still want to play, love, interact, and do all the things that other dogs do and we are proud to provide that opportunity at Hounds Town,” says Teri.