Dog owners brave wintry weather for their best friends

Dogs in Snow at Outagamie County Dog Park on December 13, 2017 (WLUK/Mike Moon)

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY (WLUK) -- At the Outagamie County Dog Park Wednesday, dog owners were braving the elements for their best friends.

"The dog. Running the dog!" exclaimed Kristin Selleck of Appleton.

"They need to burn off their energy and it's just healthier for them to keep running!" said Courtney Knoblock of Appleton.

"So I can study for finals this week and burn her energy so she sleeps at night," added Danielle Sekel, also of Appleton.

We counted five people total during our time at the park.

"There were a lot more people here yesterday, because it wasn't doing this, but the dogs were so happy," Selleck explained.

And at the Kaukauna Dog Park, the attendance was even more slim.

Kathy Kamps brought her grand-pup Lucy for a run.

"Usually there's other dogs here, so she's usually running back and forth with them," Kamps told FOX 11 News, going on to say the park was, "a little empty today and she's a little lonely, but I make her run!"

This being seven-month-old Lucy's first snow, Kamps told us she couldn't miss it.

"At first she wasn't sure, because she's like, 'where did the grass go?' But she's actually loving it," said Kamps.

For the most part, the owners told us they enjoyed their park time almost much as their pups.

"It's fun! I like to see them happy and running and with their friends," said Knoblock.

"I think it's fun. It makes me smile, it's cute!" exclaimed Sekel.

With the exception of an owner's friend who was just along for the ride, "I'm probably a little bit more not as happy about it, but, but I'm trying to sacrifice for..." trailed off Sekel's friend Lauren Wiegman.

"Moral support?" asked FOX 11's Alex Ronallo.

"Yeah, moral support!" Wiegman replied, laughing.

The humans we talked to said, however, they need to get out in the fresh air as much as their four-legged friends -- even on winter days like this.

"Well she helps! Getting her out makes me motivated to get out!" exclaimed Kamps.

"You have a happier life. You don't get depressed," explained Knoblock.

"It's a way of life and I think that we just need to get back outdoors," added Selleck.

Some even look forward to it as much as their dogs.

"I love the seasons and it's not Christmas without this," Selleck told us.

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