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Patient of the Month January 2019 Chicago

Rufio

Rufio is a stunningly handsome older gentleman who has been coming to Integrative Pet Care for the past 6 months.  His sister Skippy was a patient years ago, so his mom Susan knew where to go when Rufio started slowing down.  He met with Dr. Zenoni and Erin who created a treatment program which included acupuncture, underwater treadmill, exercise, massage, and laser.

Rufio learned to love his therapies and slowly built enough endurance to complete two active therapies in one visit, which can be difficult for any dog, let alone a senior! Now he eagerly greets his therapists Renee and Erin and bounds down the hallway, ready to work.

“I love working with Rufio, he is such a kind and gentle soul who will do anything you ask of him.  I look forward to our weekly sessions as Susan is such a wonderful owner who goes above and beyond for his care!” -Renee

“A typical day for Rufio is at least 4 walks with his sister Skippy and my son’s puppy Blue.  Rufio likes to be the leader of every walk, and when he’s feeling spry, he likes to trot the whole way.  He is always trying to drag us an extra block or two, especially in cold weather.  His favorite walk of the day is when we walk to the train station to meet my husband and son.  We have a big fenced in yard which he patrols.  When I’m away from the house, he keeps the vigil at the front door.

He is clearly in a lot less pain than he was in.  He is back to doing the things that make me cringe–roughhousing with bigger, younger dogs and chasing skunks in the dark– and the things that he loves–rolling in the snow, delivering the newspaper, and play bowing to his dog friends and family.  Every so often, he insists upon the 3 mile walk that we used to do on a daily basis, and Skippy reluctantly comes along.  Also, IPC gives him mental stimulation, and he loves to flirt with his therapists Erin and Renee and his vets, Dr. Zenoni and Dr. Ridley   I know he enjoys IPC, because thanks to our visits here, he is no longer afraid to go in the car.  At 14 1/2 years old, he definitely has his good days and bad days, but his good days are pretty amazing thanks largely to IPC.

Rufio’s family has also opened their home to over 141 foster dogs, the majority of whom are orphaned puppies.  “Every one of them has loved gentle sweet Uncle Rufio.  He calms even the most timid and least socialized puppies and he somehow lets them know they are safe.  They have played with him, climbed on him, snuggled with him, and followed him.  He becomes their port in the storm.  He has the patience of Job, and he makes our task of fostering so much easier.  Rufio himself is a rescue, and it makes us so happy to see the impact he has on his little friends.” -Susan  

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Rufio has asked us to tell you about Wright-Way Rescue.

Its mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program. It continues to save pets from rural animal control facilities where they are at a high risk of euthanasia, and instead offer them a second chance at a loving home in the Chicagoland area.