Sunday, October 12, 2008


Penny has been going through rehab at Shaker Vet for the last month. They have an underwater treadmill - like the one we wish we had nearby for Oki a couple years back. I get to drop Penny off before work (as early as 5am) and pick her up after work. The facility is 25 minutes from my work but when you do a 2.5 hour round trip commute, putting in some extra drive time isn't a big deal. Especially when it is for a four-legged member of the family!

Jenn and Rebecca at Shaker Vet are absolutely fantastic. Penny gets laser therapy first, then heat, then a massage, some stretching, and then she goes into the hydro tank!! Friday I went it to see Penny and Jenn do their stuff!
Here's Penn with Jenn - who she absolutely adores. And the feeling is mutual! I am lucky to have such a wonderful facility and people close by. Next stop is the underwater treadmill. Jenn asks Penny "Are we ready for a swim?" and Penny wags her tail enthusiastically.

The trendmill is just like one you'd find in the gym - except for the water part. It has speeds up to 5 mph and also has an adjustable incline. The water level is adjustable and provides resistance for a good work out. The low impact is perfect for rehabing surgery patients - Shaker Vet rehabs a lot of dogs that undergo knee surgery. I took this picture pointing the camera at a big mirror they have to the side so Jenn can view Penny from that angle while she stands directly in front of Penny.

After the 15 minutes in "the tank" Penny gets dried off and then goes into her "when-I-get-all-wet" crazy play mode. Penny goes back to the rehab room for a nice ice pack and then...
...she takes her place of honor under Jenn's desk. Typically Penny naps there until I come and pick her up after work. This little girl certainly has the life! I wanted someone to warm up and massage MY neck so I could curl up with Penn under the desk and take a nap. But alias, I had to go back to work. Bummer ;).


Kerri Jean said...

Amazing!!! I don't have any other words for this. except maybe - expensive!!!???

Debbie said...

Actually, not so bad. $50 for 1.5 hours and all day kenneling. Seeing that their doggie day care is $27 plus tax I feel like it is a relative bargain!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful documentary on Penny’s rehabilitation process. Thank you for sharing the step-by-step procedures. You and Penny are indeed fortunate to have this facility available. The love the staff provides is obvious, and Penny is treated as she should be—like a Queen. QK