#CHSWALKSTHEDOG: LIBERATION WELLNESS GROUP
COACH QUENTEN MILLER BRINGS ACTIVITY TO SHELTER DOGS LIVES
Thursday, July 14, 2022 | Hampton Park | Charleston, SC
Welcome to of #CHSWalksTheDog, a blog series that brings together notable Charlestonians and Businesses, with shelter dogs in need, in iconic Lowcountry locations thanks to the talents of volunteer photographer, Heather Moran (follow her on Instagram @heathermoran).
From social media to the ever looming wake of the pandemic, people across the world have increasingly found a renewed interest in exercise and spending more time outdoors.
With so much focus on the benefits of being active and outdoors for humans, it’s easy to forget the real need shelter dogs have for time to socialize and stretch their legs outdoors. Shelter life can be stressful for dogs – especially older dogs who might not have ever been away from what they knew as their home. Day trips out of the shelter can provide long-time residents a break from being in a kennel, allowing them time to decompress and to be stimulated with the sights and sounds of normal life. We also hope that showcasing our longest residents in a different light – outside the shelter walls – might allow a potential adopter to become interested in them when a family sees more normal canine behaviors exhibited on a calm leash walk through the city.
Luckily Coach Quinten Miller, CEO and Founder of the Liberation Wellness Group, met up with us in Charleston’s Historic Hampton Park to help three shelter dogs receive some much needed exercise for the most recent addition of #CHSWalksTheDog.
Coach Q had the chance to take Lilly (2 year-old female hound), Merry (3 year-old female terrier-mix), and Oscar (2 year-old male terrier-mix) walking around the park, allowing them to smell some new smells, and of course, experience some much needed TLC.
As a holistic health, wellness, and lifestyle coach with a BS and Masters in the Exercise Science fields, Coach Q brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table when helping his human clients develop the right course of action for taking control of their health. He prioritizes a personal level of care through a diverse array of various health and wellness disciplines that focuses on the individual he’s working with. The personal care he displays with his clients was extremely apparent even with how he treated each individual dog he walked through Hampton Park.
Coach Q gave each dog his entire attention, taking each walk at the pace they needed. Lilly, true to her hound-nature, follows her nose wherever she goes, Coach Q chose to gently walk her through the gorgeous flower gardens that line the park giving her plenty of lovely smells to enjoy.
Merry can come off shy at first when meeting new people, but Coach Q showed her nothing but the kindness and patience needed for her to show her true colors. By the end of their walk, sweet Merry had fallen in love with her new friend, rolling in the grass and begging for belly rubs by the pond.
Finally Oscar met his match in Coach Q. Oscar is a strong, high-energy dog who could benefit from being taken home by an adopter with an active-lifestyle who can take him on plenty of walks to help get out all of his excess energy. Coach Q suggested he find a home where Oscar could continue to work on his cardio.
While there are many voices out there in the health field offering their expertise to help guide clients towards a more active lifestyle, Coach Q has shown through the kindness and attention he gave to the animals who need it the most that he is able to provide a level of service that goes deeper than just physical wellness. Learn more about his services and background at https://www.liberationwellnessgroup.com/
If you would like to take a dog out of the shelter for a day, go to CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/foster/ to sign up for our Paws Around Town Program.
If you are a Charlestonian influencer or business who would like to take part in a future edition of #CHSWalksTheDog, please email [email protected] today!
Shelter life can be stressful for dogs – especially older dogs who might not have ever been away from what they knew as their home. “Walkabouts” or day trips out of the shelter can provide long-time residents a break from being in a kennel, allowing them time to decompress and to be stimulated with the sights and sounds of normal life. We also hope that showcasing our longest residents in a different light – outside the shelter walls – might allow a potential adopter to become interested in them when a family sees more normal canine behaviors exhibited on a calm leash walk through the city.