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Ziti, a four-year-old Cane Corso, walked down the hallway and in-and-out of the rooms being renovated in the building she was in.

The dog was particularly fond of the big room with the giant mural painted on the walls of a nice summer day with numerous dogs playing. Unfortunately for Ziti, she was stuck inside on this rainy Friday trying to keep her attention focused on the gentlemen fixing the place up giving occasional whimpers and barks as if she was saying, “Hurry, guys! We have work to do!”

The man responsible for all of the work, and for the presence of Ziti whom he adopted in the summer of 2012, is Paul Morgan, who simply chuckled and shook his head at Ziti’s demands.

Martin, 56, will open the doors to his new business, Pawsitive Pup, 325 N. River Road, Plains, on Monday, May 19.

After spending a good chunk of his work life in front of a computer, Morgan decided he’d had enough of the boring life and was ready to move onto something better suited for him: working with dogs.

“The company I worked for, they did away with operations in Pennsylvania,” said Morgan. “I was going to beef up my resume, and take some Cisco classes, but I decided I had enough of sitting in front of a computer. The last 15 years I did program translations. I wanted to do something different, something I loved.”

The business will offer a plethora of helpful ways to care for dogs and help them have a place to feel at home.

It will offer personal training, a doggy day care, retail, dogs runs, grooming and, what Morgan himself is very proud of, hydrotherapy and cold laser therapy.

To understand the story of how these two therapies came to be in Martin’s business, he reminisced about his dog prior to Ziti, Maya, a French Mastiff.

“I had a dog and she pulled her ACL,” Martin said. “Before she had time to recover from that one she tore the other one, so then the doctor tried pain medication to stabilize it so she could walk on the other leg and get the other one operated on. It never stabilized, then her back went and I had to put her down.”

Morgan said he is confident that had he known about the hydrotherapy, Maya would still be around today and that her passing was what helped give influence to the opening of Pawsitive Pup.

Hydrotherapy is the use of water as medical treatment for either internal or external remedies while cold laser therapy uses a laser that penetrates the skin to help alleviate pain from conditions such as arthritis, back pain, neck pains and other internal problems.

To learn these therapies, Morgan went through a lot of seminars, and even had the installer from Texas teach him personally how to use it.

With cold laser therapy and hydrotherapy, Martin believes he can help save more dogs lives.

He even tested the cold laser therapy on himself to make sure it worked.

“I tested it on my shoulder,” Martin said. “It had been giving me problems for a while, but now it feels a lot better.”

While Morgan said he will help cats with the laser therapies, his business is for dogs only.

He said he has nothing against cats, he just simply never held a bond with them and never owned one in his entire life.

“I love dogs,” said Morgan. “I will do laser therapy on cats, but other than that it’s just for dogs.”

Morgan chuckled and proposed that he should have called his business ‘Just for Dogs.’

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