Our Inaugural Post

June 8 2017

Hello!

My name is Vida. I started interning at Northboro Canine Rehabilitation & Fitness Center a couple of weeks ago to gain experience with canine orthopedics. Susanne has been an amazing mentor, and we collectively decided It would be a great idea to share the journey and learning experiences we have here with you!

Here's the first blog!

I’ve heard countless times owners say to their furry children, “Oh _____, you’re such a spoiled dog!” I know my mom has said her fair share. Obviously, we mean that 100% lovingly. I don’t deny that when I see Lilo’s(my dog) big eyes(see picture below), floppy ears and his little tail flicking in the back, there’s a part of me that wants to rip off a chunk of my bagel in the morning and place it at his feet like the little prince he is. I usually reprimand myself after succumbing to the begging and the big eyes and admit it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do. But why, besides the fact that pups are adorable and cute, do we still give in the next time? In my opinion, there is so much compassion we provide for our dogs that comes out in various actions and words, including giving our animals what brings them joy. Similarly, our animals provide us with literally any sort of emotional stimulation you can think of (I’m pretty sure happiness is the biggest one) with just their presence. OK, so Vida what the fluff are you getting at? I guess my inspiration for this post is the owners that bring in their dogs into NCRFC.

 

Lilo sitting under a park bench.
Lilo sitting under a park bench.

It never really occurred to me until now that this would be one place where you could meet owners who love their animals so much. I’ve worked at shelters and day cares, but there was never that consistently positive environment like the one you find at NCRFC. Serious props to Susanne for finding and treating such a remarkable clientele. I’ll give you an example: Rocky and his owner had come in today—Rocky had a gigantic smile on his face (see below) and I received nothing less than the same joyful presence from his owner. It wasn’t hard to see how fabulously Rocky was doing; he had a lot of energy, he was jumping on and off the massage bed, and working his mom for treats (of course). After Susanne’s massage, she told Rocky’s owner that he didn’t need rehab anymore because he was doing great. Although this was the case, Rocky’s owner was cautious and still a bit apprehensive about not coming in again because she, along with all of us, want to be extra sure that he’s going to be successful in the future. NCRFC is an amazing place and I bet even for me, at the end of the summer, its going to really hard to leave, so I can only imagine how tough it would be to let go after so many weeks of successful treatment.

Rocky exercising in underwater treadmill.
Rocky rehabbing on underwater treadmill.

 

Rocky loved it at NCRFC and hopefully in the future his owner can even be bring him in for fitness classes! This is what I found so inspiring about this case, and something I realized that I take for granted. The human-animal bond is something that has kept me dumbfounded since the day dogs became a crucial part of my life. We know they do so much for us—there have been countless studies showing how just the presence of a pet can provide more motivation to stay healthy and happy. But, what we do for them is also so important. It makes me so proud to see people like Rocky’s owner care so much for their animal when, face it—a lot of people believe that they don’t have to. I take for granted the idea that all people would take their animals to rehab if they needed it, but of course this cannot always be the case as life throws countless roadblocks at us all. I wanted to wrap up this post with probably one of the best sayings I’ve ever heard. It’s a little sappy but also unequivocally true “they might only be here for part of our life, but to them, we are their whole life”.