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June 2018- Sasha

2 weeks ago · · Comments Off on June 2018- Sasha · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sasha

Sasha is a 15 year old chow mix who first pranced through our doors hoping to find relief for her arthritis which was starting to slow her down about 5 years ago.  She was prescribed a treatment plan which consisted of twice weekly strengthening modalities such as resistance pool and exercise, as well as acupuncture, massage and laser therapy which were used for pain management.  Sasha began to improve, so she was put on a once weekly program and underwater treadmill was added.

Her mom Beth gave us history on Sasha, as well as a glimpse into her daily life: “I went to the Anti-Cruelty Society on Grand Ave. in May 2003 because they had advertised some cute puppies on the news.  I told myself I wouldn’t adopt unless a dog really made an impression on my heart.  When I got there, all the puppies were gone so I took a lap around all the cages.  None of them seemed right for me.  As I was leaving I took a look in the waiting area and spotted a lady and her son playing with a little peach fuzzball.  That lady had my dog!  As fate would have it, they put her back.  I swooped in and took her from her cage and sat with her.  She was mine from the first moment and has been my precious best friend for 15 years.

Sasha starts pacing at 6:30am which is my alarm clock.  I start my coffee and line up her many pills to shove down the chute (she doesn’t fall for the “pills wrapped in something yummy trick”).  She’s loaded into the wagon for a ride to the park to see her  neighborhood friends.  (She can’t walk to the park and back anymore so we need a little help from the wagon everyday).  Once we’re done socializing and I get ready for work, she’s off to daycare (Pooch hotel) where she gladly comes to hang out with her “school friends.”  She hangs there while I work.  I pick her up, get her daily report and head home in time for dinner.  It’s a long day for her so she snoozes most of the evening, gets endless kisses and hugs from mom, a couple chews on her beloved bully sticks, with her ice packs on her back and the Assisi loop targeted at her poor joints.  Last pills of the day and off to bed.

Sasha has had joint issues, elbows and rear legs since she was 6 yrs old.  She had a TPLO surgery on back right leg, cruciate ligament on left rear leg, an elbow replacement on her front right elbow and two arthroscopic procedures in her left front elbow to remove bone fragments from osteoarthritis.  Needless to say my girl has had a rough go on all four legs— mobility and limited pain relief options—brought our Vet to recommend IPC. And I’m so glad she did!

With Sasha’s all four limbs being affected with stiffness and pain and her limited options with pain medications, we had to explore other ways to manage her pain and assist her with mobility so she can live her best life.  Sasha immediately fell in love with Emma and will do anything she asks Sasha to do and Dr. Zenoni has given Sasha such care.  Sasha has done water treadmill, laser therapy, floor exercises, laser therapy, tens machine and acupuncture.  Regardless of the therapy, Sasha is willing to try it all if Emma and her I ask her to.  Liver treats don’t hurt either!

 

IPC has been a godsend and a necessary part of her life for the last 3 years.

Sasha has beaten the odds all her life.  Within a month of adopting her at 10 weeks old, she contracted parvovirus and was given a 50/50 chance of survival.  It was a rough beginning but she made it through and has withstood 10 surgeries for her many joint and other ailments throughout her life.  Through it all, she has faced every hurdle with bravery, sweetness and some of that Chow stubbornness.  I’ve learned so much about life and myself through her eyes and in a blink 15 years has passed by.  I thank God everyday that she’s my girl—I just couldn’t have pictured my life without her.”

Sasha is a special lady who I look forward to seeing every week. She has been through so much and I’m proud to be part of her team! -Emma, Sasha’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Since she is a sassy senior herself, Sasha has asked us to tell you about Young at Heart.

Young at Heart’s mission is to rescue and rehome senior dogs and cats, to educate the public on the benefits of adopting older pets and their care, and to reduce the euthanasia rate for adoptable senior pets.

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May 2018- Dallas

2 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2018- Dallas · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Dallas

Dallas is a sweet, seven year old pit mix who started coming to IPC over a year ago.  She had been diagnosed with chronic Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) tears in both knees and her mom Harmony was looking for an alternative to surgery.   She met with Dr. Zenoni and Lindsey for an evaluation and since she was stable at the time, a treatment plan was prescribed.  Unfortunately Dallas re-injured her left leg and surgery was ultimately recommended.

Dallas had a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) procedure on her left knee and came back to IPC shortly after to restart therapy.  Dallas came twice weekly for therapies that included laser, massage, exercise, and underwater treadmill.  Dallas did great with her therapies and genuinely loved coming!

“We have been coming to IPC for a year now, and not only has it helped Dallas through therapy, but been such a big help with me as a dog mom- I have learned so much.  Dallas has done amazing with her progress, and had fun with it.” -Harmony

Since Dallas recovered so well after her left TPLO surgery, it was decided that she should have her right knee done as well in January.  So again, Dallas came back to us immediately after surgery and started the process over again.  Dallas looks fantastic, but still comes regularly as part of our maintenance club.

Harmony told about when she first met Dallas: “On Christmas Day 2012 my brothers and I were heading to a movie.  As we were circling the parking lot we almost hit a dog passing through.  WE stopped and got her to come over to us.  She had clearly been on the streets for some time, she was malnourished, had some open wounds and clearly just run down.  We were able to give her some water and a passerby gave us a McDonalds cheeseburger to give her.  We took her home to my mom’s house and kept her in the garage for a few days while we slowly tried to integrate her pack of ten dogs.  The following April after trying to find a home for her to no avail.  My step dad called me and said “come get your dog,”  as I had very clearly bonded with her from the beginning and the visit I had a couple months after we found her.  So April of 2013, I flew to California and we made our way to Chicago, and started and tradition of cross country road trips that we love to take together.”

Today Dallas is back to being her normal self.  “She loves to take 3-4 walks a day.  We love to walk down the street and sit outside the bakery and soak up the morning sun.  She very often accompanies me on running errands.  Now that the weather has broken and her knee has healed we LOVE to go on different adventures at the forest preserves.  Every summer we take a road trip to Colorado to visit family and stay at our family cabin in the mountains.  Once she gets the green light she will be back at K9 University for daycare playing with all of her friends, or heading to the dog park.” -Harmony

 

“It’s so much fun to work with Dallas. She has an opinion about everything and prefers belly rubs to sitting still for massage, but she always works hard and comes back for more. She’s regrown almost all of her muscle back after two TPLO surgeries, and I couldn’t be more proud of her!” –Lindsey, Dallas’ therapist and biggest fan

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Dallas has asked us to tell you about Safe Humane Chicago & Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

Creating safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals. Safe Humane is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

 

Bialy’s Wellness Foundation helps families and rescue organizations care for pets with special needs, particularly those with mobility issues from paralysis, amputation, neurological or birth defects, and other diagnosed ailments.  

 

 

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March 2018- Bella

4 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2018- Bella · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Bella

After completing a rehabilitation program following a tibial tuberosity advancement surgery (TTA) to repair her left torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) at another clinic, Bella’s mom Christy switched to IPC at the recommendation of a friend.  Bella met with Dr. Megan Ridley and Laura who prescribed an 8 week treatment plan which consisted of underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise.

Bella did a fantastic job with her therapies, which built muscle mass and strengthened her left rear leg!  After her program was finished, she continued coming once weekly for underwater treadmill as part of our maintenance club.  Unfortunately Bella had a setback and became lame on her right rear leg.  Bella went to see Dr. Paula West at Veterinary Specialty Center where she was diagnosed with a right CCL tear.

Until Bella was able to have surgery, she came weekly for a pre-hab program which consisted of massage and laser sessions.  Following her TPLO surgery, Bella returned to IPC for more underwater treadmill sessions.  Christy was also taught more advanced exercises to do at home.

“IPC has helped Bella heal- strengthening her legs, knees and back, but they’ve also helped give me the confidence & knowledge to maintain her wellness outside of her visits.” -Christy, Bella’s mom

Christy also gave us a glimpse into Bella’s day which starts when she’s woken up too early by her annoying little sister, Laken.  The rest of her day is filled with walks, naps, toys, treats and fun! Her ears are matted from her sister chewing on them but she loves the attention and will seek it out if being ignored.

“Bella has had the BEST attitude from the moment I met her – always willing to try something new, and always excited to be here! She’s worked really hard both at IPC and at home to regain her strength and rebuild muscle, especially when treats are involved. It’s been such a pleasure to watch her progress – I love our sessions together!” -Lindsey, Bella’s therapist 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Bella has asked us to tell you about As Good As Gold.

As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need.  

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March 2018- Levi

4 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2018- Levi · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Levi

 

Levi was referred to Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen following a tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy, (TPLO) to repair his torn left cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  His dad Chuck wanted him to have the best recovery possible, so he could quickly return to all his favorite activities.

When Levi had his evaluation with Dr. Amber Ihrke,  it was noted that he was partially weight bearing on his left leg with muscle atrophy and decreased stifle range of motion.  “We started him on a rehabilitation program that included therapeutic laser, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercises.  Levi did fantastic with his plan!  By the time of his 8-week checkup, he was fully weight-bearing on the left rear limb and was back to his normal active self!”- Dr. Ihrke.

“Levi started his program as someone who did NOT want to be here. He was not a fan of having to sit still and be touched.  After just a few sessions he realized he was being pampered and his whole outlook on rehab changed! He would come running into the building, excited to see everyone and find out what he has doing that day. This really went a long way to aid in his recovery.” -Katie Neforos

Valerie also gave some details on Levi’s rehab journey: “He did well in the underwater treadmill and with his laser therapy, but would not allow us to get very close to touch him.  However, throughout his therapy, Levi slowly warmed up to us and by the end of his treatment plan he would run up to us, give us kisses and want us to pet him.  My favorite memory of Levi was when he would attack any ball that was in the room during his exercise sessions. He even tried attacking the large exercise peanut!”

“With the help of your wonderful and knowledge staff, Levi is back to his old self, more playful and ready for an adventure!”

Chuck gave us a little history on Levi: “He came to me when he was just under two years old after I offered to foster him for a friend.  After a few months without a new owner, I gladly took him in permanently. It’s been a fun five years! We added to our family when my girlfriend moved in with her little Maltese, GiGi. She’s Levi’s best friend! Levi loves his walks, playtime, visits to the pet stores and traveling (he’s been to a dozen states).”

I enjoyed not only watching Levi progress through his therapy but also watching him come out of his shell and trust us through his rehab plan.  -Valerie  

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Levi has asked us to tell you about NAWS where his mom is a regular volunteer.

Our mission is to end pet homelessness, suffering, and unnecessary pet euthanasia.  We do this by changing the face of animal welfare and elevating the status of pets in our lives and society.

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February 2018- Shelby

5 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2018- Shelby · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Shelby

Shelby had surgery last May to repair her torn right cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Unfortunately, she had a hard recovery and was reluctant to use her leg.  Her mom Karen followed her veterinarian’s advice and made an appointment with Integrative Pet Care.

“At her initial exam, she was minimally weight bearing on her leg and exhibited a profound lameness.  On our stance analyzer, her weight bearing on the right rear leg was only 1% (normal is 20%)” says Dr. Amber Ihrke.  An intensive rehabilitation program that consisted of underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, laser therapy, and manual therapy was prescribed.

“We worked hard to make her more comfortable by decreasing her pain and increasing her range of motion, so she would start walking on her surgical leg.  She’s such a success story as to how much rehab can help post-surgical patients, especially when they do not want to walk on their legs after surgery.” -Val

“Shelby is such a wonderful patient! She is always so happy to see everyone and does anything we ask of her. I love working with her.” -Katie, Shelby’s therapist

Today, Shelby is back to being her happy self and can now walk with her mom and other Golden Retriever friends in the neighborhood!

“Shelby has made a remarkable recovery. Thank you to all the staff and doctors at IPC.”-Karen, Shelby’s mom

Make a difference!

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

Mission Statement: providing families with a special needs pet that may need equipment, such as a cart, orthotic or prosthetic device in order to live an independent and full life. Our mission is only possible through generous donations from our supporters. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide assistance to animals in need.

 

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December 2017-Barry

7 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2017-Barry · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Barry

 

Jeanne met Barry as a puppy in 2012 on the set of a TV show she used to host when he was featured as an adoptable dog. “I always say he picked me because he sat on the couch next to me and didn’t move for the entire show.  I liked having him that close to me, even though he was a little stinky” recalls Jeanne.

While Barry has always had knee issues on and off his whole life,  one completely gave out earlier this year and his primary care veterinarian discovered significant damage to the ligaments in both knees.  At the recommendation of her veterinarian and 2 friends, Jeanne made an appointment at Integrative Pet Care where she met with Dr. Megan Ridley.  Dr. Ridley agreed that surgery was the best option for his bilateral torn cranial cruciate ligaments.

Barry started a prehab program of twice weekly massage/laser treatments until he had surgery with Dr. Paula West a month later at Veterinary Specialty Center.  He came back soon after and was prescribed a twice weekly rehabilitation program that included massage, laser, exercise & underwater treadmill.  Barry excelled at his treatments and once his left knee healed, he had the same surgery on the right.

“I initially came to IPC seeking a second opinion on his surgeries because I wanted to make sure I made the best choice for his treatment.  And 7 months later, Dr. Ridley, Erin, Lindsey and the whole IPC staff have helped us through both surgeries with rehab, advice and all the support we could ever ask for.  And Barry LOVES it at IPC!” -Jeanne

“Despite the fact that Barry thinks his rehab sessions are actually social calls, he works really hard when he’s at IPC and always has a positive attitude (unless someone runs out of treats!).  His mom’s dedication to his recovery has been incredible- she keeps him in line and makes sure he does his exercises at home, even when he’d rather be sleeping.  They’re both so much fun and such a pleasure to work with!” -Lindsey, Barry’s therapist & #1 fan

Barry has done so well, that he was graduated to a maintenance plan.  We see Barry once weekly for either a underwater treadmill or a combo exercise/massage/laser session!  While we miss seeing him twice a week, we’re so happy that he’s doing well.

“Barry is a beagle mix, so his approach to life is very hound-ish… he’s lazy in the house but is ready to go out anytime, and has his nose to the ground the entire time he’s outside. His schedule is as follows: stretch, eat, walk, nap, beg for treats, play, sleep… rinse & repeat. And as you can tell by the pictures, he almost always has the same expression on his face” explains Jeanne.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Barry has asked us to tell you about Heartland Animal Shelter.

Heartland’s mission is: a) to provide a no-kill shelter for the care, humane treatment, and adoption of lost, stray, and abandoned animals; b) to find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals and promote responsible pet ownership through education, community outreach, and collaboration while maintaining respect and compassion for all creatures.

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November 2017- Roxy

7 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2017- Roxy · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Roxy

While sitting at their daughter’s college track meet in Alabama, Bill & Laurie received a text message with a picture of a 5 week old pit mix who had been abandoned at their vet’s office. The situation was reminiscent of how that got their dog Bruce, so of course they stopped and picked her up!

“Through the years Roxy shared our life, swimming, walking, and playing with us!  She communicates well when she needs something and is easy to please.  She’s a loving lap dog, although some people look worried when they see her.” -Bill & Laurie

 

“Roxy presented to us for a torn cranial cruciate ligament that had been determined to be the cause of her lameness over the previous months. We were able to work closely with her surgeon and get her rehabilitation program started shortly after her TPLO surgery. Her program consisted of manual therapy, laser ,and underwater treadmill therapies.  She initially presented as non-weight bearing to just toe-touching on her left hind limb with loss of muscle mass and muscle tone present.

Within just 4 weeks, she progressed to just a subtle lameness and had gained muscle mass and strength of the left hind limb. She breezed through the next four weeks of therapeutic exercises and by eight weeks, was bearing weight normally in all limbs. It was wonderful to see Roxy’s rapid progression back to her old self and her case shows how beneficial a post-operative rehabilitation program can be for return to function. Her amazing family is so committed to her and continue to work on exercises at home to keep Roxy in tip-top shape!”  – Dr. Melissa Trupia

We love Roxy!  Roxy is full of energy and she loves to speak to us throughout her exercise sessions.  Her owners followed our recommendations and we worked to help Roxy return to her spunky self.  Roxy loved performing her exercises, but she always had to voice her opinion during her sessions.  The one thing I’ll never forgot about Roxy is how much she “spoke” to us throughout her sessions.  Roxy was such a fun patient and made great progress with rehab.”  –  PT, Valerie Williams

Roxy is a sweet and extraordinarily chatty girl who warmed up to us very quickly at IPC.  She worked hard with us and at home with her parents to make great strides in her rehab program!:- Tiffany, Roxy’s therapist

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Roxy has asked us to tell you about the adoptable dogs through Boxer Rebound, Inc.

Boxer Rebound is a volunteer run, 501c3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation & placement of the Boxer Breed of dog. Our mission is threefold: (1) to rescue & rehabilitate Boxers in need; (2) to place them in appropriate homes when feasible; and (3) to educate the general public with respect to quality pet care for all dogs.

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May 2017 Logan

1 year ago · · Comments Off on May 2017 Logan · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Uncategorized ·, , , ,

Logan

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Logan’s parents used to bring their elderly dog Cali for rehabilitation years ago, so they made an appointment right away when he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  They were hoping to avoid surgery, so a program was started that included therapeutic exercise, underwater treadmill & laser.  All was going well until he went a little too crazy in the snow and fully tore the ligament!  Logan soon had surgery and came back to IPC for post-surgery rehabilitatiolog2n.

“We adopted Logan from the Anti-Cruelty Society in July 2014 shortly after adopting our other dog Sinna.  We don’t know much about his past, other than that he came from Mississippi and that he was afraid of EVERYTHING. He literally pooped his metaphorical pants the first time he heard our garage door and wouldn’t willingly leave our bathroom for the first week or so. But oh so slowly, he gained confidence and has turned into the biggest, most loving goofball. Don’t get me wrong—he is still afraid of random things like plastic bags and street signs, but we’ve come a long way.” Kris, Logan’s mom.

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If you were to look up ‘proud therapist’ in the dictionary, there would be a picture of me staring in amazement at Logan!  He has overcome injuries, but most of all his confidence at IPC has soared.  I look forward to giving Logan a new challenge in the gym or during his underwater treadmill sessions because he’s always ready to show me what he’s got!” -Laura Krill, CCRA

“Yes, we’ve seen great progress and no additional injuries, but also Logan LOVES his sessions at IPC. We have technically completed his post-operative rehab program, but I plan to take him to IPC as long as they’ll have us because it is truly his happy place. Nowhere else is he so elated, so confident, and so at ease, as working out in the gym with Coach Laura.”  -Kris

loganYou can follow Logan’s, and his sisters Riley and Sinna, latest shenanigans on Instagram under Land of Misfit Dogs!

Make a difference!

TheBigBarn_FinalLogo-01-768x593Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.

 Logan has asked us to tell you about a new project his parents started with ALIVE Rescue.  Kris and Nate have gone above and beyond supporting local rescues and are building a shelter in Southern Wisconsin so ALIVE Rescue can further their mission!

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December 2016 Riot

2 years ago · · Comments Off on December 2016 Riot · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

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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June 2016 Blue

2 years ago · · Comments Off on June 2016 Blue · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Blue

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It’s no secret that this handsome guy is a favorite around our clinic.  From his sweet smile, silly personality and can-do attitude, Blue is an all around fantastic patient!  We first met Blue when his mom was searching for alternative treatments for a partial tear of his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Blue’s heart condition did not make him the best candidate for surgery so Dr. Ridley started him on a rehabilitation program that included therapeutic exercise, therapeutic laser & therapeutic massage.  Blue was doing really well and his weight bearing improved, but his active lifestyle made it difficult to fully heal and it eventually led to a suspected partial tear in his other CCL!

We heard nothing but great things about IPC and he loves going there for therapies!”
Cara, Blue’s mom

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Blue’s mom inquired about a stifle brace to stabilize his knees since surgery was not an option.   IPC had just partnered with OrthoPets, and an assessment proved that a brace would be appropriate for Blue!  Blue was so patient for the original casting and cooperated like a champ during all the fittings and adjustments.  It took some time for him to get used to wearing his braces, but in time he learned he could walk, sit and even lay down in them!

Since Blue adapted pretty well to his left brace, it was determined that a right brace would be a good option.  Blue took to have 2 braces right away and has been doing great with them ever since!

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“I adore working with Blue!  He is such a hard worker and happy guy despite having knee issues; he NEVER lets that affect his personality.  He  comes in with a wiggling butt and thousands of kisses to give.  I always look forward to working with him!” -Laura, Blue’s therapist.

 

 

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The best part of his braces?  Blue can still do all the things he loved to do before getting injured, like walking on the 606!  Blue’s other favorite activities include: chewing on antlers & chuck-it balls, lounging in the sun, snuggling on the couch, and just being around other dogs.

 

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Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Blue has asked us to tell you about One Tail at a Time.

OTAT is a no-kill, 501(c)3 all-breed dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need; comprehensive support of adopters; and community outreach through humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families.87880_794388d0-1a00-4ecc-8bd5-9502d6577db9 (2)

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