Dogs do yoga to raise canine cash
Dogs are to join their owners on a yoga marathon in Auckland to raise money for dogs suffering around the world.
It sounds crazy but organiser, yoga teacher Karla Brodie, says man's best friend can naturally assume the correct poses required for the exercise.
In fact Brodie said many yoga poses are named after dogs like upward dog, downward dog and upward facing puppy, also known as the sphinx.
Yoga mimics qualities that come naturally to animals, she said.
The Sunday event will go through 108 sun salutations with dogs welcome to join in.
Sun salutations are a simple series of poses that include a downward dog; one of the easiest, and most widely recognised, yoga poses.
Brodie's fundraiser will help many charities including WSPA, South Pacific Animal Welfare, Street Dog Care in Nepal, Karuna House in Bhutan, Dharamasala Animal Rescue in India and Arunachala Sanctuary in India.
She regularly visits India and Nepal and has witnessed both the brutality that can take place at the hands of humans, as well as the protection and care offered by them.
In Nepal Brodie stepped in to help a vet feed and give medicine to up to 100 puppies.
Sick, homeless street dogs need practical help, not just sympathy, she said.
She's also fundraising for a project in Bhutan that has created a sanctuary for them and is bringing in overseas vets to assist. Brodie is also keen to help people who want to travel overseas to assist with dog projects.
She said WSPA has proven in countries such as Bali and Sri Lanka that senseless killing of dogs does not abolish rabies, but humane vaccination does.
WSPA runs its Collars not Cruelty campaign to promote the humane and effective approach.