Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Pet Talk

August 14, 2012

Dog treadmill sales brisk as pets shape up

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Suhr, who volunteers at Adopt a Rescue Pet and has her own business, 4 Pawz On The Floor, also works part-time in a pet superstore. She brought a rescue dog, Max, to the store every week to use the machine.

"Not only did he calm down, but he was using the treadmill one day when a woman came in, saw him, fell in love with him and adopted him," she said.

Suhr has one at her home for her three pets and her foster dogs. Suhr figures she would have to run miles and miles and spend hours and hours to get all her dogs as much exercise as they get on the treadmill in minutes.

Marie Czarnecki, 73, of Las Vegas is having her left knee replaced in a few weeks and will be out of commission for a few months.

She ordered a DogPacer the first day she saw one at her trainer's office. Her shelties, Dee Dee, 6, and Sundance, 3, have been using it for several months. She calls it the best thing in her garage besides her car.

"Now I take them out with a leash, they get on, I set it and they go twice a day for 10 minutes," she said. "They run over a mile a day and they do like it."

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