When Paul received Monty as a surprise gift 13 years ago, it quickly turned his life upside down. Monty was a lucky pup who was able to go to work with his dad every day until he out grew his office. It was there that Monty learned he could easily turn on the charm to get whatever he wanted (something he still excels at today)! At age 10 Monty developed arthritis in his elbows following surgery, so Paul decided to pursue rehab to alleviate pain and increase mobility in his silly lab. We met them in 2013, and in the words of Dr. Zenoni, “Monty was a crazy, happy, bull in a china shop kind of dog”! Monty did great with his therapy, so they decided to take a break.
“I truly believe that it helped him recover faster and stronger than I possibly could have done for him on my own” -Paul, Monty’s dad
Monty returned to us about a year later after his dad noticed he was having trouble walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of the car. He was diagnosed with GOLPP (geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis and polyneuropathy) and had a tie back surgery to help him breathe better. A couple weeks into his therapy, Monty took a turn for the worse and lost function in his rear legs. Paul rushed him to the ER, where he underwent back surgery. It was a long road to recovery, but Paul never gave up on Monty and was at his side every step of the way.
After surgery, Monty started coming three times a week for various therapies. Underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise sessions helped strengthen his rear legs, laser therapy and acupuncture were prescribed for pain management, and massage to improve circulation and mobility. Monty has blown us away with his progress and has made us laugh while doing it. Monty has become a staple at IPC, and we wouldn’t want it any other way!
“He still wobbles around like he’s drunk a lot from whatever permanent damage might have been done but is beyond anything I could have imagined after that surgery.” -Paul
“He is back up and walking and is a staple here at IPC. We love to see his smiling face & goofy antics such as not being able to catch treats and lying under his dog bed.” -Dr. Zenoni
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Monty asked us to tell you about Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue!
Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue, MLRR, is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for unwanted or abandoned Labrador Retrievers. All rescued Labs are placed in foster homes where they can be evaluated for temperament and level of training before being adopted.