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.
Sizzle is a 4 1/2 year old Keeshond. She had FHO (Femoral Head Osteotomy) surgery when she was 4 months old and went through rehab
with Dr. Lisa Starr afterwards. She somehow reinjured that area while in the yard on 7-31-15.
“We’ve been working with Dr. Starr ever since because Sizzle is a very competitive in Obedience and Agility. Sizzle was in so much pain that Dr. Starr told us she could get her out of pain, but didn’t know if she would ever be able to do performance events again. We wanted to be able to get Sizzle back to doing what she loves.
Sizzle shows in the top level of Agility and is half way to her Master Agility Championship (MACH). Prior to her injury, she was also ready to show in the top level of Obedience after earning many placements in Obedience trials. It has been a long recovery since we want to get her back to such a competitive level.
Everyone at IPC has been wonderful! Sizzle loves to come to her appointments! She is very happy to be able to play with our other dogs again. Hopefully, she will be able to enter a dock diving competition next summer. Great news for us is that Sizzle gets to show in an Agility Trial in mid-January at a lower jump height!
I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Lisa Starr and Katie Sulzmann for all their hard work. They are the best!!! We wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”
“Sizzle and her Mom, Joy, are such a wonderful team to work with! Joy is so dedicated to making sure Sizzle is comfortable, fit, and able to enjoy life with all of the zest she brings to it. After Sizzle re-injured her left hip in early August of this year, we were concerned about whether she would be able to resume agility again since she had an FHO surgery on that hip as a puppy. Through Joy’s dedication to Sizzle’s massage, stretching, and strengthening exercises at home as well as bringing her in regularly for her physical rehabilitation sessions, we are thrilled to see Sizzle looking stronger than ever on her left hind leg. We’ll all be cheering them on as they plan a return to the agility ring later this month!”
-Dr. Starr, Sizzle’s IPC vet
“I have had the pleasure of doing Sizzle’s underwater treadmill and laser therapies since August. When I started working with her she was partially weight bearing on her left rear leg and was in quite a bit of pain. But she has made tremendous progress! She is performing advanced exercises in the underwater treadmill and is now able to resume her and her mom’s favorite activity, Agility! There is not a treatment session that goes by where Sizzle doesn’t impress me. Nor is there a session that goes by where she doesn’t make me laugh from her spunky personality.”
Midwest Canine Connection is a 501(c)(3) (pending) non-profit, no-kill, volunteer-run animal rescue. We are dedicated to rescuing animals from shelters that have a high-risk of euthanasia due to overpopulation.