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January 2017 Madison

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Madison

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Madison was adopted outside of Madison WI, hence her name, in September of 2011 when she was about 12 -15 weeks old.  To the best of their knowledge, Madison is a border collie/husky mix.  She immediately starting training, but her mom noticed that she was acting like an ‘old lady’ at about 9 months of age.  She was suddenly having issues with stairs and ‘puppy push ups’ (meaning going from a sit to a down and back to a sit). Her trainer at the time also noticed it and recommended a trip to the vet where their ‘adventure into hip dysplasia’ began.

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January 2017 Ares

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Ares

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Ares was born in the Czech Republic on January 12, 2006 and was selected to come to the United States to be a police dog later that year.  Ares and his handler John were partnered up in early 2007 and to went through a six week training program at the Cook County Sheriff’s Training Facility.  Ares’ little brother Jake was adopted a year later and the two quickly became best friends!

After many years of hard work and service to the police department, Ares was having some occasional difficulties.  After visits to the vet and an MRI, it was determined that Ares has four herniated discs in his back and neck.  He was given some medication and was told to “take it easy”.  Ares, however, was not ready to take it easy, nor was he ready to retire from the police department.

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January 2017 Crockett

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Crockett

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On therapy days, Crockett can usually be found leading his owner Michael down the halls in search of anyone who will give him a treat.

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We met Crockett in 2008 when he came at the recommendation of agility instructor Stacey Hawk, who knew the importance of conditioning for the canine athlete.  Crockett started off coming once weekly for either underwater treadmill or resistance pool sessions.  He also had consistent chiropractic treatments to keep him aligned during his various activities.

Pain management therapies like laser and acupuncture were added as Crockett started to age.  He was maintaining very well until he suffered a series of vestibular episodes in 2015.  Vestibular disease often causes dogs to have a head tilt and easily lose their balance.  While it was hard to see this former athlete have trouble walking, Michael never gave up and more intensive rehab program was designed.  Crockett started coming more regularly for therapeutic exercise, laser and acupuncture/chiropractic sessions.

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December 2016 Riot

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Riot

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Riot’s owner Mike got Riot when she was 8 weeks old and she has been by his side ever since.  She entered the show dog circuit, where she loved the attention, travel and competition.  Riot had a very successful show career and eventually became one of the first AKC female mastiff grand champions!  Riot is now happily retired from showing, but still enjoys getting attention from everyone she meets!

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December 2016 Pugsley

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Pugsley

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Pugsley is a super handsome senior fellow who has a zest for life.  Based on his smiling face you would never guess he had a rough start to life.  He was unfortunately hit by a car prior to being surrendered to the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue & Adoption (NIPRA) in August of 2013. When he was placed in his forever home, his new family noticed his many problems and tended to them right away. Pugsley wobbled a lot, could not walk for more than a few feet without collapsing in the rear, could not potty without falling, and did not enjoy taking morning walks.  Fortunately his neurologist, Dr. Belinda Comito at Veterinary Specialty Center recommended starting rehabilitation, and the rest is history!

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December 2016 Mimi

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Mimi

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Mimi came to IPC by way of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation a little over a year ago.  Her owners brought her to the vet because she was having an extremely difficult time walking and seemed to be in constant pain.  They did not have the finances to cover all that Mimi needed, so the vet contacted BWF to see if they could sponsor Mimi’s medical care.  BWF stepped up immediately to cover diagnostics and intensive rehab.  Sadly Mimi’s owner passed away and her family was having a hard time caring for her.  One of their neighbors, Danielle had fallen in love with Mimi and decided to help the family out by bringing her to appointments.  After seeing how much medical attention Mimi needed, Danielle offered to adopt her and they made it official in July!

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November 2016 Ryno

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Ryno

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Ryno was adopted in 2005 from Chicago Animal Care and Control when he was 18 months old.  He lived a relatively normal life until he was injured in a grooming accident in 2010.  After two unsuccessful surgeries to repair his left rear leg, he developed a massive infection and a large ulcer and it was determined that they leg had to be amputated.  After two weeks, Ryno slowly adjusted to life as a tripod. He was able to figure out how to squat, run and walk up a flight of stairs without assistance. His resilience enabled him to persevere and never look back.

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October 2016 Monty

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Monty

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When Paul received Monty as a surprise gift 13 years ago, it quickly turned his life upside down.  Monty was a lucky pup who was able to go to work with his dad every day until he out grew his office.   It was there that Monty learned he could easily turn on the charm to get whatever he wanted (something he still excels at today)!  At age 10 Monty developed arthritis in his elbows following surgery, so Paul decided to pursue rehab to alleviate pain and increase mobility in his silly lab.   We met them in 2013, and in the words of Dr. Zenoni, “Monty was a crazy, happy, bull in a china shop kind of dog”!  Monty did great with his therapy, so they decided to take a break.

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“I truly believe that it helped him recover faster and stronger than I possibly could have done for him on my own” -Paul, Monty’s dad

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September 2016 Truffle

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When Truffle runs through our door, it’s always accompanied by her silly howl/bark and a waiting room full of smiling faces.  For the past 2 years, Truffle has not only made us laugh at her antics, but has also impressed us with her intense work out routines.

Almost 4 years ago Truffle had emergency back surgery after severely rupturing a disc.  While she recovered remarkably well and was even she was able to stand and walk around on her own, she was still unsteady on stairs.  Truffle was previously a very active dog who participated in agility, so it was important that they get her back into shape.  Her mom Amy wanted to do everything possible for Truffle, so she explored rehabilitation therapy.  After going to another facility for several months and seeing little progress, Amy decided to try IPC at a friend’s suggestion.  It was a match made in heaven once she met Tiffany and Dr. Zenoni!

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Truffle was originally prescribed an 8 week program that included weekly underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise sessions and monthly chiropractic treatments.   Truffle excelled at her therapies and was soon stable enough to go on a maintenance program.  Truffle now comes every couple weeks to hit the gym with Tiffany to work on her core strength and endurance.  She sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for a chiropractic adjustment to keep her moving well!  Whenever Amy asks her if she wants to go “workout”, Truffle runs right over and heads to the car; she even knows the route to IPC so well that she barks and cries for the last 2 miles until they walk in the door!

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“Truffle is very advanced in the gym, so I have to come up with new exercises to challenge her mentally and physically.  I love seeing Truffle on my schedule- she and her mom are such a pleasure to work with!” -Tiffany, Truffle’s main therapist.

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Amy describes a typical day in the life of Truffle:

“She wakes up when her Dad is done getting ready at about 5:30 AM. She does her business in the park across the street and then eats a her raw beef breakfast. She then comes back to bed to sleep more with me until about 7:30 AM. She wakes me up to take her downstairs for a snack and then watches the activity in the park until I’m ready to go to work. She then goes outside again and I head off to work. Her Dad gets home around 3:30 PM and she goes outside. I usually get home around 5:30 and she greats me with lots of barking and tries to get me upstairs to give her one of her preferred treats. She gets raw beef dinner at 6:00 PM every day with her extra supplements to help her joints and to fight off cancer. After she gets a salmon skin or cod skin dessert. She helps us cook dinner by hoping there’ll be some tomatoes or kale stems added to her bowl, or she harvests cherry tomatoes right off the plant on the balcony if any are ripe. After dinner she gets a mile or two walk if it’s not too hot or cold, or she plays tug of war and races around for about half an hour. Then she watches us do laundry or other chores for a while. If I haven’t gone to the couch as early as she’d like, she grunts at me and looks downstairs. Then we plop on the couch with her in between my legs for the rest of the night and watch some TV. This is the case for most weekdays, except for Wednesdays when I get to work from home with Truffle as my assistant. She especially likes to participate in conference calls.”

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“IPC has helped Truffle get back to her healthy and crazy self; we don’t have to worry about her hurting herself around the house or playing at the park!” -Amy, Truffle’s mom

 

 

 

 

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Truffle asked us to tell you about The Live Like Roo Foundation. 

Live Like Roo, a 501C3 organization, provides support and financial assistance to families whose pet faces a cancer diagnosis. Our mission is that together, you and your pet will #LiveLikeRoo.

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August 2016 Wednesday & Lola

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Wednesday & Lola

 

 

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Lola first came into Ashley’s life in 2000, when she spotted her ‘on sale’ at a local pet shop since she was not up to breeding or show dog standards.   All that mattered to Ashley is that she was so stinking cute!  Lola led the only child life until 2010 when Wednesday entered the picture.  Ashley had just started looking for another dog when she came across Wednesday’s picture online and knew she had to have her. What made this adoption so special?  Wednesday was diagnosed with cancer and her prognosis was unsure.  None of that phased Ashley; she just wanted her to live the rest of her days comfortably in a home.  Well 3 surgeries and 2 rounds of chemo later and we are happy to report that Wednesday has been cancer free for 4 years!

 

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Wednesday first came to IPC 5 years ago when her mom Ashley sought alternative treatment for back pain she had been experiencing.  Wednesday was started on a weekly program that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, laser therapy, acupuncture & chiropractic sessions.  Wednesday soon became stable enough to graduate to a maintenance plan!  She still comes every other week for exercise & underwater treadmill and sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for an acupuncture & chiropractic session.

 

 

“IPC has helped Wednesday stay pain free and able to be her crazy happy go lucky self. She has had 1 flare up of her back. I got her right into you all and she was on her way back to normal after just 1 visit.” –Ashley, Wednesday & Lola’s mom

Lola always came for emotional support to Wednesday sessions, but as she got older and after seeing how Wednesday improved with rehabilitative therapy, Ashley brought Lola in for an evaluation with Dr. Zenoni.  Lola melts during her massage/laser sessions and gobbles up peanut butter during her acupuncture & chiropractic treatments.

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“I love seeing Wednesday & Lola in the clinic.  Their can-do spirit is inspiring.”  -Doris

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Lola can often be found wandering around the exercise room, scrounging for treats while Wednesday works out!  She can also be heard in the hydro room barking for treats while Wednesday walks in the treadmill.   We love Lola’s antics and diva personality!

 

 

 

 

Lola slowly started losing her eyesight, and is now blind at 16 years old.  Her blindness has brought image3many new challenges to the table, but that doesn’t stop this trio.  They still go to the beach and take walks, but Ashley just has to keep a close eye on Lola so she doesn’t run into or fall off anything.   Lola has also developed anxiety, but medication and being by Wednesday’s side has helped.  Wednesday still takes care of Lola by licking her face, but has recently started challenging Lola for the queen position in the house- something that Lola is not ready to give up yet!

 

“Lola & Wednesday may have been through a lot, but Ashley’s diligence has really helped their quality of life”       -Dr. Deanne Zenoni

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Wednesday & Lola have asked us to tell you about Guardian Angel Basset Rescue.

“The basics of Guardian Angel Basset Rescue are simple – GABR rescues Basset Hounds from Illinois, Eastern Missouri and Indiana that find themselves in bad situations.  We are a 501c3 charitable organization.”

 

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