Marino and Kari - Retired Seeing Eye Dogs

Marino and Kari are both retired Seeing Eye dogs.  These dogs work hard providing an invaluable service to those in need.  Marino was getting ready to retire.  His owner took him to the vet for a check-up only to discover he had a large tumor in his mouth.  They removed the tumor but the prognosis was grim.  They only gave him three to six months to live.  Peggy (a director at The Seeing Eye) and Drew (her husband, retired from the Seeing Eye) offered to take Marino and give him the best life possible.  Marino comes for weekly massages (he LOVES them) so he can recover from his antics with the other four-legged members of his new family  and acupressure to boost his immune system.  Marino is six months post and still going strong!!

Peggy was Kari’s puppy raiser.   Peggy had always planned to take Kari when she retired and now that time has come.  Kari and Peggy have been reunited.  However, Peggy noticed something was off with Kari’s gait in her hind end.  I offered to take a look at her and work with her.  Kari had her first appointment and the exam revealed that her left hind leg had significant muscle atrophy, weakness and a hypermobile hip joint.  We came up with a plan that included therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, underwater treadmill sessions and a home exercise program.  Early into her rehab Kari had an adverse reaction to her rabies shot and developed a severe skin rash.  We put her rehab on hold and gave her three acupressure sessions to boost her immune system so her skin could heal, which it did.  Then we resumed her rehab.  Kari is gaining strength and muscle mass in her core and hind end.  She no longer has excess laxity in her hip. We are happy to help these amazing animals have better quality of life during their retirement.

The Seeing Eye breeds and raises puppies to become Seeing Eye dogs, trains Seeing Eye dogs to guide blind people, instructs blind people in the proper use, handling, and care of the dogs and conducts and supports research on canine health and development.