St. Johns Kennel shows a special way their dogs stay cool during the heat wave

St. Johns Kennel shows a special way their dogs stay cool during the heat wave

  • Since 1979, Cher Car Kennel in St. Johns has helped train dogs for competitions, policing and more.
  • During the summer heat wave, the shelter found a unique way to keep their dogs entertained and cool
  • The video shows the dogs using the kennel’s diving pool and training.

(The following is the transcript of the entire broadcast story)

I’m your neighborhood reporter, Russell Shellberg, here in St. Johns. The neighborhood heat wave is taking a toll on residents across Mid-Michigan. That’s why a local animal shelter here is diving into safety.

From this perspective it looks like a normal dog training center, but when you go beyond the bushes, it’s so much more.

It’s pier diving…

“I’ve found that dogs, given the choice between what we do in this field and what we’re doing in this field, they always come here,” said Cheryl Carlson, founder of Cher Car Kennel.

Carlson has been training dogs since 1979…

And since he built the pool in 2016, Carlson enjoys being on this course as much as the dogs…

“As long as your dog has fun and goes into the water willingly, you will have a lot of fun with this sport,” Carlson said.

The one thing Carlson loves most is protecting them from the heat wave coming to Michigan…

“Every time they go out on the dock, they get a nice refreshing dip and a calm swim,” Carlson said.

Carlson says the water protects pups from overheating and keeps dogs entertained, which is one reason Amy Coxon brings her dog to join in the fun.

“It’s just a great party atmosphere. There’s music, we have barbecues, the dogs have a lot of fun, everyone stays cool by the pool, so it’s one of my favorite things to do with them,” Coxon said.

Carlson also says everyone is welcome to bring their pets and take dock diving lessons, big or small.

For more information on the kennel and upcoming events, Click here.

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