PHOTOS: Willmar Community Center goes to the dogs during fitness class
People got a chance to work out in style Saturday morning at the Willmar Community Center with the help of a few dogs from Hawk Creek Animal Shelter during Pups, Butts and Guts.
WILLMAR — The yips of eager pups ready to play with a room full of people collided with energetic music and instructor Mariah Rudningen as she walked folks through a 60-minute workout with periodic dog petting breaks during Pups, Butts and Guts workout class at the Willmar Community Center Saturday morning.
Rudningen owns Windy's Wellness based in Kerkhoven, and was asked to do the class by friend Britta Diem, who manages the center.
A trio of dogs were brought to the event from the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar, in hopes of connecting them with forever homes. The shelter is operated by the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties.
According to Rudningen, the exercise was kept light, as the main purpose of the class was to get people around the dogs. The exercise was simply an added bonus.
"We're here for the dogs," Rudningen said. "We will get some movement and hopefully find these dogs a good home."