Dag's House provides a place for dog owners to access information, education and services to ensure overall well-being, increase fitness and improve the quality of life of
their dogs. Working closely with veterinarians and other pet healthcare professionals, Dag's House requires a referral from your veterinarian. The services offered by Dag's House are designed to complement the care of your veterinarian and are not a substitute for appropriate veterinary care.
WHAT INSPIRED DAG'S HOUSE
Dagnabit, a 6-year-old Pit Bull Terrier, had spinal surgery
on October 3, 2006 after an injury to his T12, T13 and
L1 vertebrae. Over a month after his surgery, Dag was
sent home, 25 pounds lighter, with no muscle mass and
unable to walk or control his bodily functions. His spirit
was broken and the sparkle was gone from his eyes.
Dag became a resident at a local boarding facility,
where they graciously dealt with his physical challenges.
A rehabilitation counselor by trade, I was accustomed
to coordinating teams of people to meet the physical,
emotional and spiritual needs of a disabled individual.
I just applied the principles of my trade to Dag.
Working with a canine massage practitioner, a
veterinarian acupuncturist and a veterinarian
specializing in chiropractic and homeopathic medicine,
Dag relearned how to walk, how to place his legs when
he sat, how to climb stairs, how to eat and basically how
to live again.
Developed by Doggone Wheels, Dag's main form of
transportation is his wheelchair. It allows him to walk,
run, swim and play like a normal dog. He proudly
walks in his chair and even competed in the Dog Day
Afternoon walk/run – where he placed third.
On April 7, 2007 Dag came home to live at my house
full-time. He continues to show improvement and his
self-confidence is tremendous – it is great to see the
sparkle back in his eyes. Dag is truly the poster child for
special needs dogs.
Witnessing Dag's determination despite his condition
inspired me to establish Dag's House – a housing and
fitness center for special needs dogs. Our goal is to
provide fitness options and the opportunity to give them
a better chance to triumph over disability. You now have
options when it comes to a special needs dog or a
life-changing event like Dag and I experienced.