Lisa is 13 years old and to hear Beth
explain it she
should be the poster child for the geriatric generation, just like the Energizer bunny, she
keeps going and going.
does swim longer than her
two younger buddies and is really never ready to stop.
has some arthritis and the swimming has helped to keep her
Katie is 3 years old and after having her
x-rayed last year I found out she
has hip dysplasia very slight in her
I just started flyball and agility with her
but did quit flyball because of the hard turns.
My vet advised to continue the agility just not to overwork her
and definitely continue the swimming for mobility.
Swimming is a low impact exercise and does not cause pain to her
Jessie my youngest is only 7 months old and joined the swimming crew in September.
was a little reluctant at first but quickly learned to love the water.
We laugh at her
as every time I through the ball she
must stand on her
back legs and just dive into the water after the ball.
has started to spoil her
because when I throw the ball Jessie waits for Beth
to go to the opposite side of the pool to throw the ball high in the air so she
can jump up and dive for it.
A friend recommended physical therapy, specifically Beth Williams
at K9 Wellness Center
At the time we were under a vainly mistaken apprehension of Physical Therapy.
We called Beth
anyway and were invited to inspect the facilities, which we did.
Unwittingly (but now most appreciated) we were invited at a time that was during a therapy session with one of Beth's
more dramatic success stories.
had an exercise for this and within two weeks Archie was running straight and true.
After about three months Archie no longer required therapy but now continues a conditioning/ maintenance program of exercise on the treadmill and swimming while waiting for the spring thaw to resume agility.
Although a relatively minor case compared to some of her
patients, from the bottom of his
big little heart Archie says "thank you Beth
for allowing me to live a happy, normal life."
I met Beth Williams
in August 2003 shortly after my dog, Chester, suffered a spinal stroke.
The stroke had left Chester, who was 6 years old at the time, paralyzed in his
hind legs as well as bowel and bladder incontinent.
I had two choices: put Chester down or take him home and see if he
could be rehabilitated since other dogs have been able to walk again after similar strokes.
I decided to take him home and give him three months to show some signs of improvement.
I got a wheel chair, several boxes of diaper pads and, best of all, a referral to Beth
My main goals were to get him to the point where he
could walk and regain continence.
We started seeing Beth
three times a week and, after about two weeks, Chester began to show movement in his
tail and his
then began working with him in the small pool where he
slowly began to walk and bear some weight on his
By Christmas time, the wheel chair was gathering dust in the garage
and we were seeing Beth
once a week.
It has been 1 1/2 years since Beth
came into our lives and my initial goals have long since been met.
Chester is almost back to the dog he
was before the stroke - he
runs around, chases his
ball, goes with us to the beach where he
swins and runs and, two weeks ago, went cross country skiing with me where I skied for 5 km and he
ran much farther.
I am doubtful that Chester would have come as far if I'd taken him home and merely let nature "take its course".
In fact, without Beth
, I probably would have had to put him down.
Even now when he
gets weak and wobbly, we go see Beth
magic and I return home with a strong and happy dog.
Thanks to the kindness and patience of Beth Williams
K9 Wellness, Mandy is enjoying life, feeling good and looking younger than ever!