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July 2020- Birdie

In golf, birdie is one short of par. Our Beloved Birdie, has three legs, one short of par. She has the coloring of a boxer, a light brown coat with a black face that has turned gray over the years. She weighs 60 lbs and has the half bent ears and the body of a German Shepherd. She is a sweet and gentle dog with some fear toward men in baseball caps, and the quick unpredictable movements of small children. She came to us because she was reactive to a toddler in her adoptive home. We took her “temporarily” in 2013 after she was moved around to a few foster homes. She is a valued member of our pack and a staunch guardian of her home and her human caregivers.

Birdie’s owner

Birdie was found as a stray in Danville, Illinois in December of 2008. While she was in the shelter in Danville, at her estimated age of 7 months, she fractured her left hind leg at the growth plate. The shelter decided amputation was indicated and authorized the surgery. Birdie has lived almost her entire life with three legs and has done quite well. In her prime, she learned to use her body to move with unbelievable speed and agility.

In 2019, Birdie injured her tail and a partial amputation became necessary despite many efforts to save her tail. Later that year, she strained her back chasing squirrels – a favorite past time. She recovered from the back strain, but later showed signs she was reluctant to move beyond eating, drinking, and going potty. Her regular vet recommended physical therapy to help improve her mobility. They identified IPC as an option because IPC was 10 minutes from home, and they knew she would need frequent therapy


Birdie responded almost immediately to the interventions including the Assisi loop, massage, laser therapy, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. She continues to receive maintenance therapy and her quality of life has improved. She is a wonderful patient and loves her therapists, including Michelle, who has treated her most frequently. Our goal continues to be to keep her comfortable for the remaining years of her life.


Birdie is one of the best patients we have, by far! She came in initially for having more trouble getting around from compensating due to having 3 legs most of her life, but Birdie never let missing a leg stop her from living life to the fullest. After a few weeks of laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and massage, there was noticeable difference in her posture and behavior. Birdie started to play again and move around much better at home! She has been nothing but sweet, calm, and cooperative for all her appointments. I absolutely love working with her!  Birdie has a strong spirit, so I hope she will continue to keep going strong for years to come!

Michelle, Birdie’s Rehab Therapist

Birdie started her journey at Integrative Pet Care after her owner’s noticed that she was slowing down a little.  Birdie is a tri-pawd and has been for a majority of her life.  She was getting around, but her owner’s wanted a better quality of life for her and thought that she could make some progress with rehabilitation therapy.  When Birdie first started, she had poor posture due to compensation from walking on 3 legs.  This is common for 3 legged dogs because they just figure out the easiest way to get around.  After 8 weeks of therapy there was a noticeable change in her posture when standing, sitting and in down position.  She started to play more with the other pets in the house and her endurance improved.  Birdie has been a complete sweetheart for every session and gives it her all.  It has been a pleasure working with her and helping her to progress into a more comfortable and functional girl.

Birdie’s IPC Veterinarian

Each month we ask our Patient of the Month to select an organization that is special to them. This month we are promoting Bark from the Heart rescue on behalf of Birdie! Please check them out to learn more: http://thebarkershop.com/rescue/