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February 2021 – Rocky

Rocky and his owner met each other that some would definitely call unconventional. It all started when Rocky’s owner was a volunteer at PAWS and she was asked to take a puppy to get x-rays for a broken leg. Let’s just say, it was love at first site and the rest was history.

Rocky had a ruptured MCL on his left hind leg, which caused a lot of tissue and ligament damage. Unfortunately, the damage was not fixable and he had to have his leg amputated in 2014. On the bright side, Rocky’s now owner was there to help him through the surgery and recovery process. After only a few weeks of knowing him, she knew Rocky would become a part of her family.

With many amputation cases, it is common for dogs to become weak in the intact limb from putting a significant amount of weight on it that would normally be split between the two limbs. Luckily for Rocky, his owner met a current IPC patient at the time that recommended Integrative Pet Care to her to help build some muscle in his core and right limb, as well as, relieve any discomfort he might have.

With Dr. Ridley I knew I was in good hands. She explained a lot about what would be ideal to aid in his recovery and what typical concerns they had with tripods. I understood a lot more about actions I could take to be proactive in his recovery and prevent any further injury which was really important to me. We’ve been exercising for almost 6 years and Rocky can’t get enough of his PT Rika.

Mia, Rocky’s Owner

Rocky started a program at IPC to help with some of these muscular issues and continued therapy until 2019 when they moved out of Chicago. It wasn’t until June of 2020 when they came back to IPC after moving back to the city. 

Finally! Rocky’s IPC family has known him for a looooooong time.  He and his mom moved away to Oregon for a time there, but given the current state of world affairs they are back in Chicago and we are selfishly very happy to have Rocky back at his old stomping ground.  Rocky is a goofball with a heart of gold and we love working with him and his mom.

Dr. Ridley, Rocky’s Veterinarian at IPC

This time around, Rocky came to IPC with concerns of an injury to his right hind limb. Since he was already a tripod, it was extremely important to heal any other potential injuries as soon as possible. Rocky started a new program in June, 2020 and has been coming in for his therapies every week since then. 

Rocky is a Rockstar in the gym! He re-started coming in for his therapy sessions around last spring, and he has changed so much in just one year. His right back leg is so much stronger, he’s got amazing core muscle strength AND he’s lost some weight, looking handsome as ever. I LOVE seeing him twice weekly for his sessions. He is always so ready for his workouts, and then super chill for his massage/laser, and I am blessed to have such an enthusiastic, adorable, and amazing patient. Way to go Rocky 🙂

Rika, Rocky’s Therapist

Because of our work at IPC, most people don’t even recognize he’s a tripod because he stands so straight and tall and runs like a maniac. Rocky is a mix, but he must be part hound because he loves to hunt and point. He’s a very active, and extremely curious dog so even in the winter he loves a long walk or playing with the neighborhood pack.

Mia, Rocky’s Owner

At this point, Rocky’s program consists of Therapeutic Exercises, Manual/Massage Therapy, and Laser Therapy. Since starting his therapies, he has become so much stronger and more confident as a tripod. He is so excited to come in every week and his owner is seeing so much progress with him. The team at IPC love Rocky’s enthusiasm every time he comes in and love seeing his progression throughout the years!

Rocky is what I would like to call a “Major Overachiever”. Even with only three legs, he makes his exercises look effortless and he always has a good time doing them. He needs to say hello to everyone he meets and just makes everyone’s day when he comes in. We love Rocky!

Katie, TA at IPC

Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Rocky’s owner asked us to feature Sit, Stay, Read: A literacy program that helps CPS students read by gaining confidence through reading aloud to dogs.

“I love when kids ask about Rocky because they get to learn about his differences and learn he’s just as awesome as any other dog!”
– Mia, Rocky’s Owner


This organization has made such a positive impact on Rocky and his owner’s lives. Please learn more about them in the link below:

Sit, Stay, Read: https://www.sitstayread.org/