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Jacksonville Beach pilates class for dogs will benefit local animal charities

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Julie Baskin has been a fitness instructor for 32 years and is an expert Pilates teacher.

But a couple times a year, she dedicates an entire class to both her human students and their four-legged friends.

"I just love it, I'm a dog freak and a Pilates freak, so it just goes together," she said.

Baskin created her "Doglates" class to help rescue dogs as well as the groups that help save them.

"It really relaxes the dogs," she said.

Pilates student Mary Luque can attest to that.

Her dog Ladybug was a rescue, and Luque says she was a bit troubled early on.

"Ladybug came from a bad situation, like many rescue dogs do," she said.

But the Doglates seems to work.

"She was a little timid at first here at the beach, but she has settled right in."

Baskin said the humans get exercise, the dogs calming companionship.

"They love it, they really calm down," she said.

And to help other dogs who haven't been rescued yet, she donates all proceeds from her Doglates classes to the Jacksonville Humane Society and First Coast No More Homeless Pets.

She's hosting a Doglates class on Saturday at the Jacksonville Beach pavilion. The class begins at 9:30 a.m. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

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