“Brita came into our lives in March or April of 2013 when ALIVE Rescue rescued her from Chicago Animal Care and Control (along with her sister, Winnie – also a previous IPC patient – Hi, Winnie!). After her previous foster families were no longer able to foster her, she weaseled her way into our home. Brita doesn’t like other dogs, so it was difficult to find a forever home for her. She spent the next 2 years with ALIVE, during which time we fostered her off-and-on when we could. Adopting her wasn’t practical in our apartment, but my husband Ryan, our dog Bubbles and I always had a special connection with Brita and knew she belonged with us, so we began looking at buying a house. We finally adopted her in February of 2015, and moved into our new home in June of 2015.
Brita has been coming to IPC since she ruptured her left CCL almost a year ago. She eventually had bilateral Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgeries and has been coming for laser, massage, exercise, and underwater treadmill ever since. She quickly regained range of motion and muscle mass due to her therapies. Beyond that, though, it has helped with her mental state – Brita LOVES coming to IPC to see her Auntie Laura and other friends. She knows she will get so much love, attention, and treats there every time – she gets so excited when we go to the car!
We chose IPC mainly because of it’s reputation in the canine rehab world (my husband’s cousin, a canine rehab therapist in Tulsa, even knew of IPC by reputation). Also, I knew several of the employees from my time volunteering with ALIVE, so I knew they were good people! Another reason we decided to go to IPC is the accommodations they make for Brita’s dog reactivity – the staff always makes sure to keep everyone as safe and stress-free as possible when we come, which I really appreciate.
Brita spends most of her day on our couch watching tv. In the evenings, she greets us with her trademark “Rooooooo!” She then spends time in the yard, where she LOVES playing in the neighbor’s sprinkler that sprays into our yard. She also enjoys barking at passing dogs or people on the sidewalk, and rolling in the grass. If Brita had her choice, she would spend the majority of her time outside – I often have to either coax her in with treats or physically pick her up, since the bones seem to leave her body when I tell her its time to come in. She likes to play fetch with toys (balls are her favorite), and tearing up cardboard boxes is her favorite thing in the world. Well, that and Ritz crackers. She also enjoys spinning around on the bed like a maniac, rolling around on the floor like a weirdo, and dashing at full speed around the house for no reason. At night, she sleeps under the covers, next to my feet.” -Cisely, Brita’s mom
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Brita has asked us to tell you about Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (CRISP) and Live Like Roo.
CRISP provides free services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them. And if we can’t help you find a way to keep your pet, our network of Chicago dog and cat lovers will help you place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely.
Live Like Roo Foundation supports dogs and their owners through a cancer diagnosis by providing financial and emotional assistance. We also love senior dogs.