Doggie yoga ('Doga') class celebrates National Mutt Day

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Heidi Goitia

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 2:31 PM

PHOENIX -- "Down Dog" is taking on a whole new meaning at one restaurant.

Aunt Chilada's at 16th Street & Glendale is offering doggie yoga class on the patio. 'Doga" classes are growing in popularity, and allow owners a chance to relax and bond with their four-legged friends.

"Doga is great," says instructor Liz Illg. "It just brings them out; gives them a chance to socialize with other dogs. So it's great just to get them in a good environment and get to hang out with all these other dogs and socialize."

Doga also has many physical benefits for your pooch. "It's good to get their joints acclimated in different positions."

The event was held in celebration of National Mutt Day, which is observed Dec. 2 and July 31.

The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the country, and to educate the public about the number of mixed breed dogs that are waiting to be given a loving and caring home.The largest number of dogs euthanized in animal shelters each year are unwanted, medium to large mixed breed dogs.

Aunt Chilada's not only offered the Doga class, they also created a Fido-friendly "mutt menu." 

"We have a dog-friendly patio," says Tiffany Allison of Aunt Chilada's. "So what was happening was everyone was coming here and ordering our food without garnish, but that's not good for your dog since human food is very heavily seasoned. What you want with a dog, you want things that are very plain. You want your meat proteins, you want your egg proteins. You want oatmeal for the bowel. You want parsley for better breath."

Bring your pooch to Aunt Chilada's anytime, and the dog-friendly menu will be available for them.

The next Doga class will be offered August 27 at 7:00 p.m. on the patio.

Aunt Chilada's
7330 N Dreamy Draw Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 944-1286

www.auntchiladas.com

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