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Patient of the Month May 2019 Chicago

According to Watson’s mom Kirsten, September 6, 2008 was the BEST DAY EVER!  She met Watson at an animal shelter who was shy and nervous initially, but quickly warmed up to play with his new Golden Retriever brother Dylan.  Once he successfully completed puppy training, it was recommended they get involved in dog sports like agility.  He started training with Hawk City K9 in early 2009 which helped reinforce their training in a fun way and made them more of a team.   They caught the agility bug and started competing in agility in 2015 and will compete in his first scent work competition shortly!

We started with IPC as Watson was getting older and I wanted to help maintain his strength and stamina.  IPC came highly recommended for conditioning and we had come to know some from the team through agility and scent work.  From our first go-round for conditioning, Watson was stronger and able to play longer and run faster.   He also recovered faster from a busy weekend with less soreness.” -Kirsten

Unfortunately Watty tore his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) which required a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery in November 2018.  He met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni and Laura who created a plan which included underwater treadmill, laser, massage, exercise, and chiropractic sessions.

“I trust the team to help keep Watty safe while recovering and rebuilding strength.  During recovery, sessions were a stress-free happy break from our otherwise restricted recovery time at home.  And he LOOOOVES his IPC team.  As we continue to rebuild/maintain, IPC helps push us to new challenges.  Watson’s “creative” mind loves new challenges (which sometimes includes finding new ways to cheat) but his therapists have his number.” -Kirsten

Watson was a pro at all his therapies and progressed quickly.  He still continues coming for maintenance therapy since graduating from his formal program in February.  

Watson enjoys sleeping-in and will abandon his bed only once he hears the sweet sound kibble in his bowl.  He keeps an eye on the house and hood most of the day.  He enjoys long walks reading the neighborhood paper (sniffing every tree, leaf, blade of grass, crack in the sidewalk, person walking by… ).  Weekend morning walks were made for walks at the convergence of smells from at least 2 brunch spots at his favorite park. 

While Watson is a master napper, he loves finding ways to get treats through his at-home exercises and learning new tricks that support his rehab.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.   In honor of his late brother Dylan, Watson has asked us to tell you about Charge Against Cancer.