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.
“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
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!
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.
“I love seeing Wednesday & Lola in the clinic. Their can-do spirit is inspiring.” -Doris
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 many 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
Make a Difference!
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.”
“Well we are Miller’s 3rd home and his FOREVER home! One of my wife’s friends had to get rid of him and he instantly became family. When this friend brought him to the condo we were living in at the time the first thing he did was pee on our blinds. We knew he loved us. He was 3 at the time and hadn’t really had any training so there were some challenges, but he’s a great dog and very lovable. He will swim for hours and loves being outside. If he’s not getting what he perceives as enough attention he will let us know by barking his displeasure. We couldn’t love him more and we know he feels the same. In terms of his injury, by the time we were pointed to you guys I really thought it was going to be a bad ending. He could really only get up to eat and use the bathroom. He was spending 90% of the day laying in our smallest bathroom in the house. Needless to say it was a very, very sad sight. His eyes were sad and he was in pain. It was very tough. Theresa is better at staying positive than me, but I thought if he even got back to 50% we’d be lucky. Some days I didn’t even think he’d get there.
After our first visit, which was really an assessment, I felt better and had much more hope.
It was very nice to hear some positives after hearing things like he needed surgery ASAP, ‘”He’s 7 so he’s only got a couple good years left regardless,” etc. After his first session in the 4 week program he was better. It was essentially all manual massage to help with spasms (after we were told by others he wasn’t having any spasms) and to get knots out. I know it was painful for him but we saw results almost immediately. When we used the Assisi loop on him he actually relaxed enough to lay down and fall asleep somewhere besides the little bathroom. Every time after he just got better and better. I was sure he’d get back to at least 80%.
After a few weeks of manual massage, water tread (where he claimed the yellow rubber ducky as his own) and stretching we were able to get him out for walks again. It took some time for him to get his strength back, but I am VERY happy to say that he is 100% back to his old, crazy self.
The one thing we haven’t let him do yet is swim, but we are headed to the U.P. of Michigan this weekend where he will have a week of sandy beaches and water to swim his little heart out. We can’t wait to get him there, he loves it and will swim all day if we let him. I am confident that he won’t have any setbacks, but if he does it is beyond comforting to know we have a place to take him where the ENTIRE staff truly cares.
Our entire family sincerely thanks you all for giving us our Miller back! Miller thanks you too!!!!!
Thank you all so, so much!!!”
“Miller came to us in severe pain with a suspected disc injury to his neck. With a combination of medication, rehabilitation and integrative therapies, we were able to turn Miller around. He is now a happy, healthy dog able to run, jump and play to his heart’s content. We are so proud of his recovery.”
– Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCR, CVA, CVSMT
“I remember when Miller walked into his initial evaluation. He could not reach down to the floor to get a treat, he yelped turning his head and he did not want to move as he appeared to be afraid of the pain. After Miller’s pain was addressed by Dr. Amber and I; I performed several sessions of manual therapy, Miller initiated exercising in the underwater treadmill with Katie. We watched him gain more confidence with his ability to move his head without the fear of pain. It seemed each time Miller came into see us his owners were telling us new activities he could now do at home, such as barking and getting up on the couch. Towards the end of his underwater treadmill sessions, Miller surprised us when he shook the water off himself without any signs of pain.
Miller’s spunk and zest for life finally returned to him at the end of his treatment plan. It was an amazing transformation that Miller underwent, from a dog so much in pain he could not move, to one that moved so easily and freely you would never have known he was the same dog.
I enjoyed finally meeting the REAL Miller!”
– Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP
“At Miller’s first appointment he was in so much pain I couldn’t even touch him. He is so sweet and wanted to be loved, but was in too much pain. He could barely walk and couldn’t lift his head at all. But, after starting him on different pain medication he was like a new dog. His pain had lessened enough that we could really work on him.
Each session he would be more and more interested in his surroundings and what we were doing with him. Since then he is a crazy man when he comes in! I have a hard time getting him to sit still now!
We can finally see the real Miller and it’s been a wonderful journey to see such an amazing transformation.”
– Katie Neforos, CVT, CCRA
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization that is close to their heart to promote. This month Miller has asked that we tell you about the The Caspian Foundation.
A lot of prospective clients often ask if their pet will enjoy therapy. Well, all they have to do is come in on a night when Max is here. From the moment he pulls his parents through the door, he is a bundle of energy who cannot wait to get into the treadmill. In fact he gets so excited whenever he hears the word IPC, that his parents have started referring to us as “the place”!
Max first walked through our doors 7 years ago as a 1 year old dog who had developed a front limb limp. He started a twice weekly therapy program that included resistance pool and laser therapy sessions. After his 8 weeks, his IPC veterinarian noticed a significant decrease in lameness! After seeing the positive effect, his parents decided that he needed to continue his therapy on a maintenance level. He transitioned to the underwater treadmill a few years later after it was discovered that he developed hip dysplasia. He continues to do his regular 20 minute sessions on incline while going at least 1 mph.
“Max is one of the more enthusiastic patients. Every session is always so fun!” -Emma, one of Max’s therapists
Nothing to see here.
A day in the life of Max includes catching up on his much needed beauty sleep, strolling the neighborhood to greet his adoring fans, lounging on the back deck, and occasionally hitting up the local frozen custard shop where any flavor is his FAVORITE flavor. On special days, Max gets to come to therapy where he tries his best to steal a toy after every session!
“Max has been going to IPC for 7 years, and my husband, myself and our vet all agree that it has kept Max from requiring hip replacement surgery, and additionally keeping Max at a healthy weight, which has delayed the onset of arthritis and other signs of aging. Max is a senior dog at this point, but you wouldn’t be able to tell.” –Heather, Max’s mom
Make a Difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Max has asked us to tell you about Chicago English Bulldog Rescue.
“We are a licensed Illinois shelter and a 501c3 charitable organization. The care we provide our English Bully rescues exceeds any you will find from a breed rescue…heck, any rescue! This love includes a high quality diet, the best veterinary care around from a bulldog specialist, and behavioral evaluations of the highest quality.”
“We rescued Laney when she was 5 months old, we got her because we were looking for a companion for our 8 month old Rottweiler Chance, wanted them to grow old together. Unfortunately, life happened and our beloved Chance was diagnosed with bone cancer at only 6 years old. I only share this story because that was Laney’s best friend. Laney went into a depression after that in fact we were afraid we might lose her to dying from a broken heart. I started taking her places with me- car rides to work with me, puppy parks, and endless walks and of course her favorite thing is our in-ground pool. Just add a Frisbee and her day is complete. Laney had a close call with cancer in 2013, we found a tiny lump on her hind quarter. I immediately took her to her vet and had it aspirated. It came back stage 2 mast cell. Surgery was scheduled within 2 days and, happy to say, surgery was a success- they got it all and clean margins. That same year she started limping.
Since her vet could not diagnose it again, I took her to the U of I, where she was diagnosed with an overstretched tendon. Surgery would not have helped so I got her into the Chicago Medical Therapy in Worth. She was in therapy for almost 2 years and in those 2 years I found a few more lumps on her I took her immediately to the U of I because of her past issue with cancer. They suggested surgery ASAP, thankfully they came back benign. So Laney has had some health issues, however, you would not know it.
She is the sweetest dog I have ever known. She has manners…LANEY was involved in puppy training plus agility for 3 years with her BFF Chance, Laney retrieves ANYTHING! SHE ONCE BROUGHT ME A BOTTLE CAP! She has been through a lot of things in her life, good and bad but she has always made me smile and laugh.
Her injury occurred the weekend of labor day weekend last year; once again with U of I and diagnosed her with a torn tendon and told me they felt she also had Cushing’s disease which they WOULD NOT DO SURGERY if that was the case. Unfortunately, she does have Cushing’s that explains a lot of her medical problems; they told me at the U of I to get her into therapy. However, when I called the place she went to some years ago for the overstretched tendon the vet left me a message stating he didn’t feel he could help her.
I was blessed to find you guys. Day one we had a plan in place. When her orthotics came in we had the first fitting and off she went.
She was just so happy to be able to walk like a normal dog again. When her Magic boots are put on her she gets so excited she barks and smiles ear to ear.
She works hard at her therapy and even though Laney will be 10 this June 2nd you wouldn’t know it when she has her Magic Legs on. She is a different dog today than when we first met with Dr Amber 3 months ago.
The decision was easy for me, let her spend her senior years just lying around and die, or be aggressive and get her back to living again! Laney has been with me through her puppy years, her teenage years, and now I am here for her in her senior years, I wouldn’t have it any other way, I am looking forward to many more years with this special girl of mine. Thank you for picking Laney for Patient of the Month! She well deserves it!”
“Laney had injuries to both her Achilles Tendons that made mobility difficult, however with the help of her orthotics and rehabilitation therapy, she is now enjoying daily walks with her owner! Laney is a great success story of the power of orthotics to enhance life quality.”
-Dr. Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT
“Laney is a walking advertisement as to how orthotic devices can change not only the mobility but overall life of a dog. Laney could not walk on her toes like a “normal” dog because of injuries to the tendons in her legs. I could see it in her eyes she had the will to move but didn’t have the way. We discussed at her initial evaluation the use of orthotic devices on her rear limbs to give her the support and stability in order for her to walk “normally” again. Laney’s owner was 100% committed to helping Laney regain her mobility, so we decided to have OrthoPets in Broomfield, Colorado, custom make orthotic devices for her.
While we awaited Laney’s devices, she continued with therapy using the underwater treadmill to swim. We needed her to increase her endurance and lose weight so when she received her devices she could walk in them for more than five minutes without fatiguing.
I shall never forget the day Laney wore her devices for the first time. I put them on her, with assistance she stood up and then walked for the first time like a “normal” dog. It reminded me of how I felt when my sons took their first steps as toddlers. I was scared they were going to fall but overjoyed they finally walked on their own. This was exactly how I felt about Laney. It was an amazing feeling being able to help give her the ability to walk again without requiring any help.
Now, Laney is walking two to three times a day for twenty minutes each compared to only walking for five minutes before having her “magic boots” as her owner calls them. Laney has learned how to sit and stand with her devices without any assistance. She walks over thresholds, rocks, grass or any other obstacle in her way without losing her balance. Laney continues to have therapy with her devices to strengthen her legs and increase her endurance but she is well on her way to returning to her previous active lifestyle.
Laney now has the will AND the way with her orthotic devices! (Thank you OrthoPets!)”
-Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP
Make a Difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose a group they’d like us to tell you about. This month Laney has chosen Kodi’s Club Rescue. Learn more about them here and consider making a donation!
“The short story about Mag…Maggie is a Labrador retriever that comes from a long line of Field Trial and Hunt test lines. I got her to have a good dog to learn the sport and to occasionally hunt with. When Maggie was a little over 1 year old she had already earned an HRC Started title and a Canine Good Citizen obedience certificate. One day while training out in the field while Maggie was about 1 1/2 years old, Maggie was sent on a retrieve for a training dummy. When she returned from the retrieve we noticed that her rear right leg was bleeding badly. Something sharp in the field had cut her. We used a first aid kit in the field and rushed her to the emergency vet in St. Charles. The cut was deep had severed some of the tendons in her leg and it required emergency surgery to repair the damage. She was then followed up by our regular vet and Maggie was done in the field for now until she recovered from the surgery. At the time I didn’t know if Maggie would end up with future problems from her injury that could possibly make her hunt test training limited or even over with.
We started light walks when our vet let us and used the time by attending obedience classes to keep her as active as possible while she still couldn’t run in the field. During that time I still belonged to my retriever clubs and helped out at hunt tests. At the tests sometimes there are raffle tables with donated prizes to help raise money for the clubs. It was at one of those tests I saw that one of the raffle prizes donated was a free evaluation at Integrative Pet Care, donated by Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, a club member and proud owner of her own hunting dog, Otter. This seemed like a perfect opportunity for Maggie to see if we should be doing more to help her recover from her injury. I put all my tickets on the evaluation prize and we won.
We set up an appointment and Dr. LoGiudice took over from there.
After looking Maggie over we set up regular appointments for exercise, laser treatments and sometime in the underwater treadmill to help build her back up and heal better.
After a while Maggie was eased back into field work. She is now 5 years old and has added an HRC Hunting Retriever Champion (HRCH) title with the help of a professional trainer and an AKC’s CD obedience title and UKC’s UCD obedience title.
Maggie is fully healed and continues to train in the field and is still active in hunt tests and hunting. Hopefully she will still add a few more titles to her name.
She is very high drive dog and works very hard and loves every minute of it. I really enjoy working with her every time out. She is just a fun dog to spend time in the field with. I am always thankful for the help from Dr. LoGiudice and Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park during Maggie’s recovery especially when I get to watch Maggie run in the fields doing what she loves to do.”
Thanks – Bob Cain
“Maggie had experienced a potentially activity-limiting injury when she was just a young dog. Her severed tendon was surgically repaired and physical rehabilitation was started at a great time during early healing.
She and her owner are great examples of teamwork, in ensuring that Maggie received fantastic rehabilitation therapy at home, in addition to the therapies we did with Maggie at Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park.
Her surgery was well done, but without rehabilitation therapy, there is a high probability of scar tissue formation and decreased range of motion of the affected leg if this kind of injury is allowed to heal without specific therapies. This could have prevented Maggie from being able to participate in retrieving activities or even walking normally. To watch Maggie run now, about 5 years after her injury, you’d never know she was ever injured. She is fun to watch and was even more fun as a patient!”
– Dr. Rosemary J. LoGiudice DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT
Make a Difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization that they’d like promoted during their “reign.” Maggie has chosen the Anderson Animal Shelter. Please consider making a donation to them this month!
It’s not every day that we have an elite athlete walk through our doors, but every Thursday Journey bursts into the hydro room and happily jumps into the underwater treadmill to work out. His mom, Stacey (founder of Hawk City K9) started coming to IPC years ago with her previous shepherds, so she knew the importance of proper conditioning. Journey actively competes in agility, dock diving & nosework.
“With all of the physical endeavors and training I do with my dogs, and seeing so many people train and compete with dogs who are not in the best physical shape possible, I knew that as soon as Journey was old enough, I was going to start him on a regular wellness program at IPC! Journey grew up at IPC! He’d hang out while my other dog, Kira, was coming in for her weekly rehab treatments (two torn cruciates).” -Stacey
“He’s been coming now weekly for years, and LOVES his underwater treadmill sessions, and ALL of the staff at IPC! They are, by far, simply the best!!” –Stacey
Journey & his therapist Laura have a special bond- she’s tough on him and he loves every minute of it! Journey runs (yes, runs) against resistance jets on an incline at 5.5 mph for 20 minutes during every session. Journey plays hard, so he has to train hard!
“Journey can do it all & is the epitome of a canine athlete! He rises to any challenge I give him & performs with gusto. He makes me VERY proud… Journey Rocks!” -Laura, CCRA
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Journey has asked us to tell you about an organization near and dear to his mom’s heart,
“Safe Humane’s mission is to create safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals. We are an alliance of non-traditional partners that recognize the connections between animal abuse and interpersonal violence and the benefits of the human-animal bond. Our programs focus on education, advocacy and second chances.”
Leo, the gentle giant, was referred by Dr. Maxine Francks to IPC Homer Glen with the diagnosis of Wobbler syndrome, a neurologic disease common in large breed dogs. Dr. Ihrke recommended adding Veterinary Acupuncture to his treatment plan.
“In 2011, when Leo was only a year old, an MRI at University of Wisconsin Madison confirmed our fears; Leo had wobblers – a narrowing of the vertebral canal which leads to paralysis. The prognosis was bleak with a life expectancy of 1 maybe 2 years if he was lucky. Surgery was an option but because of how advanced the disease was the UWM vets urged against it, it would be used more as a teaching tool than a solution. It was at that point my husband Jerry & I committed to a holistic approach to insure Leo’s comfort for however long he had left.
We started with the water treadmill and moved on to swimming therapy and then on to TENS and laser treatments. We were continuing to see a lack of progress and an increasing decline in Leo’s mobility and then a chance encounter between Leo’s vet, Dr. Maxine Francks & Dr. Amber at a triathlon brought us to IPC. Dr. Amber suggested acupuncture as a means to slow the pace of the Wobblers. After doing some research we made an appointment; that was 2 years ago and Leo is still with us. Our 220 lb. love bug celebrated his 5th birthday last September and is still enjoying life as a spoiled couch potato. For all that Dr. Amber and the staff at IPC has done for Leo we pledge our devotion.”
Jerry, Dawn & Leo Gaynor
“At over 200 pounds, Leo is my biggest patient with a big heart to match. He is a gentle, loving soul and I have enjoyed working with him for the last several years.”
Dr. Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT
Make a difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose a NFP group for us to highlight. Leo has asked us to tell you about Great Lakes Mastiff Rescue. If you want to make a donation, it would make Leo’s day!
In 2015, Keewee fell off a golf cart and was not weight bearing on the right rear leg. It was found that Keewee had suffered a fracture of right tibia and had 2 surgical repairs in May and then an additional surgery in August.
“Keewee had one of the worst fractures I had ever seen. Her recovery was truly a collaborative effort of our rehab team, her surgeon and most importantly her owners. To see Keewee running and playing with her family and enjoying life after four intense months of therapy is one of the greatest comebacks I’ve witnessed in 20+ years in veterinary medicine.”
– Dr. Amber Ihrke, Keewee’s IPC veterinarian
“I wanted to let you all know how very lucky and blessed we feel to have found you all. We have been on a very long stressful journey with Keewee since May to say the least. She has officially graduated and I think we are a little in shock! The time and thought that you all put into Keewee’s care means so much to our family. We were thinking we were going to lose her since amputation was not an option for us. Her injuries were so severe and devastating. To watch Keewee go through so much trauma made our heads spin and only to keep receiving bad news. I was lying in bed one night and thought to myself….If Keewee was a human what would I do-get a second opinion. After putting the word out to multiple dog loving friends and asking physicians I work with “what should I do with my dog” my girlfriend who is a vet tech that works at one of the offices That Dr. Ihrke and Val have given information to suggested we start there-we decided to give it a shot. Mike and I probably seemed pretty reluctant when we first met everyone, but it was another big decision that had to be made for Keewee ASAP to hopefully preserve her leg and another financial decision for our family. WOW!! We sure made the right decision!”
– Gina Schmidt, Keewee’s mom
Dr. Amber Ihrke referred Keewee to Dr. Jankovitz at Premier Veterinary Group in Crestwood for a surgical consultation. Keewee’s owners were afraid of amputation but Dr. Jankovitz was able to calm their fears.
“Dr. Ihrke thank you for sending us to Dr. Jankovits. I can say that I’m very in tune with Keewee-she is very high maintenance without a fractured leg so along this ride I’ve learned a lot more from her. First off- if she likes a stranger and how she responds to them. While we were sitting in the waiting room waiting to meet Dr. Jankovits in august one week after we were told her leg may have to be amputated, Keewee was on my lap with her black sling on, with other dogs and people in the waiting room and you’ve all seen her-she’s like a baby and those type of distractions don’t phase her. Dr. Jankovits walked out to the waiting room and Keewee’s head popped up and she watched his every move. She liked him. He looked at her and I whispered to Keewee-“is that the man that’s going to fix your leg.” Mind you at the other facilities she wouldn’t even look at the people there and you could tell she was very agitated. When we were in the room with Dr. Jankovits deciding what our options were Keewee laid by his feet which also means Keewee likes you otherwise her nose is shoved in the corner! Dr. Jankovits- you squatted down and started petting Keewee. I had tears in my eyes. We had options and hope again.”
“What can I say about Keewee? Keewee is just Keewee. She came to us with an unstable rear limb that her owners were trying to avoid having amputated. Through Keewee’s stubbornness, her owners’ hard work at home and rehab through IPC, Keewee not only kept her leg but returned to her crazy antics at home. Keewee is an example of a patient who greatly benefited from rehab, even though she never really enjoyed coming to see us. I loved seeing how Keewee progressed with rehab, especially watching her spunky personality return as she felt better in her leg. I knew we had done our job at IPC, when her owner sent us a video of Keewee army crawling under a bed and then running around the room barking at the camera. Keewee was her old self once again!”
“You are all amazing at what you do and we the Schmidt family can’t thank you enough for all the time and love you put into Keewee. She is our silly little bully that we love so very much. Please pass along to both of your staffs how much all of their care and compassion has meant to us through Keewee’s journey. I know Keewee will continue to have checkups with you both, but I just wanted you all to know from the bottom of our hearts how much everything you have all done for her means to us. It’s been such a long road and it’s surreal that she has officially graduated and we can breathe and relax a little. Keewee is and always has been a very silly bully. She goes wherever she can with us and loves being part of the action. Keewee loves to snuggle! She is amazing with our kids and a big part of our family and she knows it!”
Make a difference!
This month, Keewee would like you to know about Paws Chicago, a shelter in the heart of the city that is also a resource to the animal community. If you make a donation it would make Keewee’s day!
Ski has become such an IPC staple on Thursday nights over the past 8 1/2 years, that it would feel empty without him! Who else could impress us by swimming 20 minutes against the resistance jets while playing volleyball with his dad or show us his fancy new tricks in the gym? Ski is a super star athlete who originally came to us back in 2007 for a CCL injury. He has not only trained in, but has earned titles in a number of activities including agility, treibball, tricks, nosework & herding. Rich and Ski aren’t in it for the titles, but just love training until they achieve proficiency.
Ski was always an active dog who was enrolled in a variety of activities, so it was devastating when he came up lame after a walk one night. When we first met Ski in July of 2007, his dad Rich was weighing the pros and cons of having surgery to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). Ultimately Rich decided against surgery and opted to pursue physical rehabilitation instead. That was a decision that Rich said he would do over and over again. Ski started an intensive rehab program that included twice weekly visits for underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise. Even though he wasn’t the biggest fan of the underwater treadmill, he diligently did it and it’s now his favorite therapy! Ski took to the exercises right away since it was similar to some of his agility training! Soon enough Ski was inventing his own exercises and impressing us all with his strength and drive.
Soon enough Ski graduated from a rehabilitation program and became a member of our maintenance club which keeps him in tip top form for the various activities that he does!
“Ski and Rich make a fabulous team. I enjoy a challenge and Ski always keeps me on my toes!”
–Emma, Ski’s current therapist
Ribbons from his 1st agility competition
Ski has participated in the following sport activities:
Ski also aided Rich in becoming a certified clicker trainer (KPA-CTP) from the Karen Prior Academy.
“Trainers, vets, & sports trainers all agree that his core strength has allowed Ski to embrace so many different activities without injury. I credit all our work at IPC with Ski’s amazing condition as he nears 11 years old.”
-Rich, Ski’s dad
Rich believes that the wide range of therapies Ski has received has helped him get through minor setbacks. A flair up of lameness resolved with a series of Laser treatments, while Acupuncture and Chiropractic services have seemed to help as well. Rich’s goal from day 1 was to make Ski’s legs individually strong enough to do the work of two if that was ever needed, which has been the case over the past several years. Whether it was the right (non-surgically repaired CCL knee) or left leg that had an issue, the other one was always strong enough to do the job of two.
“Ski is like the energizer bunny when any obstacle gets in his way- he just keeps going & going & going!”
–Dr. Ridley, Ski’s IPC vet
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Ski has asked us to tell you about Alive Rescue.
“We believe that our responsibility is first to the animals that are in local open-access shelters with a high probability of being euthanized. We primarily take in animals from shelters with high euthanasia rates in Chicago and the surrounding area. We follow through on our commitment that every animal deserves a full life by choosing to take in animals that other adoption organizations may overlook, including seniors, unpopular breeds, and pets with special needs”
IPC is raising awareness for Alive Rescue by jumping into Lake Michigan January 17th. Click here to donate to our team!