Yoga poses and pups?

Yoga poses and pups?

Yoga instructor Jeanette Langella holds pups that will be at Cozy Quarters Pet Inn for “puppy yoga”sessions on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Yoga session with rescue puppies aims to find homes for furry friends

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Puppy yoga. It’s a thing.

Almost 20 pups, boxer hounds and black mouth curs, are the special guests at upcoming yoga sessions to benefit Rhode Island Pet Connection Foundation, a nonprofit working to find homes for the pups and fund medical expenses for a mother dog.

Hosted at Cozy Quarters Pet Inn, a pet grooming and boarding facility at the Lincoln and North Smithfield border, the hour-long yoga sessions include the chance to play with the pups and apply to adopt one, or a few, of the dogs.

Kim DiCostanzo, owner of Cozy Quarters, has been partnering with the nonprofit rescue organization for years, and said she was happy to host the “puppy yoga” workouts on the front lawn of the facility at 89 Old Sayles Hill Road, which has a Lincoln mailing address, though the business is located in North Smithfield.

This Sunday, Sept. 17, the pups will descend on the property as yoga instructor Jeanette Langella leads the classes, which run from 11 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 2 p.m.

Tiasa Loignon of R.I. Pet Connection Foundation, a Warwick resident, said she’s hopeful yogis will attend the workout, but also take the time to meet the puppies.

The pups represent two litters: Clementine is mother to 10 boxer hounds, while “Venus” is mother to six black mouth curs, Loignon said.

Clementine’s pups are about nine weeks old, and Venus’ pups are about five weeks old. Stephanie May of R.I. Pet Connection Foundation explained that Venus’ pups are expected to attend one of the puppy yoga sessions, pending a veterinarian’s approval of the pups separating from their mother.

It’s not just the pups, but Venus, too, who is looking for a home, the two said. As for Clementine, she’s heading to a home on Martha’s Vineyard with one of her babies, Loignon said.

Funds raised from the yoga sessions will go toward medical expenses generated from Clementine’s recent surgery. The mother dog was diagnosed with a heavy case of mastitis, and nearly lost her life, Loignon said.

Clementine spent a week at an animal hospital in Warwick, but is now on the road to recovery, Loignon and May said.

The two said R.I. Pet Connection Foundation, a licensed organization, works mainly with dogs that have been surrendered by their owners, and helps find homes for many “bully breed” dogs.

“No matter what, we stand behind our dogs for their whole life,” May said, explaining that should a dog ever be returned, the contract the owner signs requires that dogs are given back to R.I. Pet Connection Foundation.

While boarding at Cozy Quarters, DiCostanzo said, the dogs awaiting homes get the chance to interact with people and run around outside.

“It’s nice when they finally do find a home, that they’re taken care of,” DiCostanzo said.

The North Smithfield resident said she hopes in-person experiences with the pups will find them homes quickly.

Spots are limited in both of the yoga classes, with a maximum of 25 participants in each $25 session. Loignon said there will be enough time between the classes for people to swing by and look at the pups if they’re interested in adopting, and a refreshment stand with healthy snacks and waters will be included in each yoga session.

For more information about the class, dogs up for adoption or how to donate, email ripetconnectionfoundation@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/ripetconnectionfoundation .

Pups up for adoption give yoga instructor Jeanette Langella kisses. Langella will lead two yoga sessions Sunday, Sept. 17, at Cozy Quarters Pet Inn in North Smithfield, classes that will benefit Rhode Island Pet Connection Foundation.