K9 Swim Center opens in Springfield: 'He would be very proud'

K9 Swim Center in Springfield opened their doors in January. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Dog owners in Lane County now have another exercise option for their pet.

K9 Swim Center in Springfield opened their doors in January.

Owner Petra Kenady and her husband Scott said there are only a few like it in the state.

Kenady said, at 94 degrees, the jacuzzi-like water is therapeutic for older dogs or dogs with injuries.

It also provides a quick and effective work-out for dogs of all ages and abilities.

Kenady said just five minutes in the pool is equivalent to a 45-minute low-impact walk.

“It's good for cardio health, range of motion, it's also good for muscle mass building," Kenady said.

After a five-minute swim, dogs get blow-dried and brushed.

The idea for the K9 Swim Center was dreamed up by Scott Kenady's brother, Todd Kenady.

On August 5, just weeks after the Kenadys signed the lease for their business, Todd drove to the Marcola sheep dog trials - and never made it there.

Police say a pick-up truck crossed over the center line and slammed into Todd Kenady's van, ending his life.

"As a family we decided to continue this project and put this together," Kenady said.

Kenady said Todd's muscular dystrophy kept him in a wheel chair, and he was in pain for most of his life. His goal was to help dogs manage their own pain through swimming.

"He would be very proud," Kenady said. "Very happy."

The dogs aren't the only ones finding healing.

"It's good to be with the dogs. It's good to talk to the dogs and be gentle. Kind of reminds me in life that you got to step backwards a little bit and enjoy," Kenady said.

Your first session is free.

K9 Swim Center
156 South 20th Street, Unit A
Springfield, OR 97477

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