Dogs can be a joy to have as part of your family. They can also help keep you motivated to get more active since they need you to walk and play with them. But even more than all that, they can serve as emotional support, being there for you through the ups and downs of life.
Help with rehabilitation
When Craig Pankhurst suffered a stroke back in 2018, he and his family decided to add another dog to the two bulldogs they already had. They needed a pooch who was energetic and thrived on being active. The damaging effects of Craig’s stroke left him unable to walk properly with a weakened left side. The Newfoundland Poodle mix that they got couldn’t have come at a better time.
The big pup they named Rowlf helped Craig get his life back. The pooch gave the recovering dad the motivation to get up and exercise, improving his strength and conditioning. His depression and anxiety were also swept away by the playful and loving nature of the big lad.
Help with charity
Standing at six feet tall and at about fifty kilos to date, the two-year-old dog has also been appointed the doggie ambassador of Craig’s charity – A Stroke of Luck. This nonprofit helps stroke victims get back into shape mentally, physically, and also emotionally. Rowlf’s role as an ambassador if to be his cheerful self and allow everyone to play with him.
Because of this big, lovable fur-ball, the formerly immobile Craig now walks a minimum of five miles a day! Rowlf has been active in helping out the charity with fundraising efforts and promoting exercise through the pooch’s activities with his dad. Even though this doggie is big in both size and energy, he still doesn’t pass up the chance to act like a puppy and sit on Craig’s lap.
Source: Youtube | Welfare of Dogs