'We decided to continue': Couple opens K9 Swim Center after brother's death
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Todd Kenady dreamed up the K9 Swim Center after visiting a similar facility.
But just after weeks after Kenady and his family signed a lease on a location, he died in a car crash.
Police say a pickup crossed the center line and hit Kenady's car head-on. Both drivers died.
"As a family," his sister-in-law Petra Kenady said, "we decided to continue this project and put this together."
Petra and Scott Kenady opened the facility in January, giving dog owners another option for exercising their pets.
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," she said.
After a five-minute swim, dogs get blow-dried and brushed.
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," Kenady said. "Kind of reminds me in life that you got to step backwards a little bit and enjoy."
Your first session is free.