Aspen’s story started on March 29,
2010 when Kathi Dvorak mentioned to her family
veterinarian that her dog Aspen had been having an intermittent left
rear leg issue. The vet recommended that she see a specialist to
determine if there was an issue.
April 2, 2010, Kathi and Aspen consulted with
Dr. Rooney at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists. From the x-rays and
the physical exam, Dr. Rooney determined that it was probably a grade 1
tear. They were given two options: 1. Continue with regular activity
and deal with it if it gets worse or, 2. Schedule a scope of the knee
to determine the true degree of the tear and repair if needed.
had surgery on April 7, 2010 to repair the CCL. The surgery went very
well and Dr. Rooney was confident that she would have a successful
recovery and be back on the agility course. On April 14, 2010, Aspen
started rehabilitation (physical therapy) with CRCG. Over the course of
the next three months, Aspen continued with underwater treadmill and
other strengthening exercises. In July of 2010, Aspen graduated to
swimming in the recreational pool. She continued weekly assisted swim
sessions and worked her way up to 20 minutes of swimming.
August 20, 2010, Kathi and Aspen went back to
Dr. Rooney. Aspen's good leg (right) had a partial tear. In her wildest
dreams, Kathi never thought they would be going
through this again.
August 24, 2010, Aspen returned to Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists
for surgery to repair her right knee. They started rehabilitation the
next day with cold laser treatments to reduce swelling and help
healing. CRCG also gave them exercises to help with range of motion. On
day 16 day post-op they started underwater treadmill sessions,
increased the exercise difficulty and enjoyed a massage.
continued with her weekly rehabilitation in the underwater treadmill
through December and in January, 2011 she had her first endless pool
swim session and continued on with weekly assisted swims in the
resumed agility class for the first time in over a year in March of
2011. She looked like she had never been off for a break! Aspen
continued with her weekly agility training and swimming at CRCG. She
ran her first agility trial (since her new knees) in Ventura,
California in July of 2011. Since then, she has been competing
regularly and racking up titles.
Kathi and Aspen have been through a lot in
the last two years and we are very proud of them for their hard work
and dedication. They are an inspiration and proof to anyone that is
facing the same obstacles that they can compete/function normally
continues her weekly swims at CRCG to stay strong and hasn't stopped
improving. To see all of her accomplishments to date go to: http://www.himmlisch.com/aspen.htm.