The pool is long enough to get a good swim going and has benches and steps built in so your pooch can rest if she gets tired. It’s salt water so Jelly floats easily and is the perfect temperature – warm enough to be soothing without being hot. The pool is upstairs but there are no stairs, only ramps so no problem for dogs like Jelly getting around. The whole floor surface is non-slip and she even has an entry and exit ramp so dogs never meet up with each other for safety. There are tons of toys and big, fluffy towels for the dogs.
Tanya you are amazing! You have such a way with dogs – Jelly took to you instantly and loves you and loves that you work at the dogs’ pace.. She runs into the spa when we get there. Jelly hasn’t run since she blew out her knee. You just have such an amazing touch and it’s easy to see you really love what you do. I think you get as much out of seeing the dogs improve as they do. I wanted Jelly to swim swim swim but you taught me the value of just ‘floating’ the dog so their legs relax and hang down as well as the swimming part. When you float Jelly she turns into, well, jelly.
Jelly has been twice now and the improvement in her is unbelievable. Our holiday plans for July in Whistler unfortunately did not include Jelly after her injury in Dec, but now I wonder and we may have to reconsider. She’s actually walking on her foot pad now, rather than up on her toes. She’s so perky and happy and she’s gaining muscle tone that she had lost and wants to go for walks all the time now. She stretches out her bad knee fully when she swims there. I know it’s not going to fix her knee but it is strengthening the muscles in all 4 legs and definitely improving her range of motion. Most importantly, she LOVES it and that makes it worth it right there. I also love that you give pro bono sessions to dogs from the Burnaby SPCA as I voluntee for the SPCA myself.
I can’t recommend your place enough for dogs that need rehab from surgery or injury, arthritic dogs or even just old poochies that would benefit from a warm water, relaxing swim. I’m such a fan now and Jelly is in love and getting better ever time she goes. It’s the pleasure of her life.
Just wanted to let you know how Jelly is doing since her day at the spa yesterday. She is amazing! Yesterday, when my husband went to take Tico for his walk, Jelly stormed the door wanting to go with them. She never does that. She was perkier than I’ve seen her since the day she hurt her knee. This morning, she isn’t limping at all. She had a big smile all day yesterday and it was almost like she was teasing the puppy – I’m wet and you’re not. And the best part is that she lied down in the back of the truck the whole way home – that’s how relaxed she was. We can’t wait until next Wednesday.
UPDATE AUG 2010
Jelly is awesome! She’s like a puppy again. We shaved her down for the summer and she’s just so much lighter and rejuvenated. She looks so cute, like she’s wearing a velvet suit. She swam for 4 hours straight every single day at Whistler and is the happiest girl you’ve ever seen. Even since we’ve been back, she’s been going to the beach (at high tide only so she doesn’t have to walk on the sand) and to the river with Tico. She’s like a different dog. No one can believe she has a bad knee or that she’s the age she is. She looks and acts like a puppy – truly. There are days when she twists it playing with Tico and limps a bit but we just rest her for a day or two, much to her displeasure, and she’s right back at it again. None of this would have been possible without the work you did with her in the 2 months leading up to the summer. I tell everyone who will listen about it.
I’m telling you, I never in my wildest dreams thought she would be able to go on vacation with us let alone swim and run, yes run, and play like a puppy. It’s beyond any expectation I had. All I wanted was for her to enjoy the sessions and maybe get a bit stronger in her other leg. What you’ve done for her is miraculous. We’re going away in Feb. and I didn’t think there was any chance she’d still be around but now, I’m thinking I have to find a place for her to stay. It’s truly amazing. I can’t wait for you to see her.
We’ll be back for some winter swimming once the summer is over and we’re back home for good. I don’t want her to lose all the progress she’s made. Hope you’re having a great summer as well.
See you soon,