An Inspirational Story About Emilia & Mayzie

Yesterday you may have read the inspirational story about Emilia Bartlinski in the Baltimore Sun “As adopted daughter awaits new heart, family prays for miracle”,0,5747680.story?page=2  . The story emotionally touches us too.

Emilia is a 9 year old girl adopted from China. If you read the story, you know that she has orthopedic issues that have required and will continue to require multiple surgeries. Emilia received a service dog, Mayzie, to help her, but Mayzie was recently diagnosed with hip dysplasia, which would require surgery. Because Mayzie was in pain, she could not do her job as a service dog. Emilia was devastated because she and Mayzie had developed a strong bond. Emilia’s mom, Ann, brought Mayzie to see Dr. Burke, who agreed to see her for no cost. She developed a plan, which involves strengthening Mayzie through underwater treadmill therapy. She may require surgery in the future but by strengthening her she can relieve the pain and Mayzie can still do her job. This is being done at no cost to the family.

We are trying to arrange for a dog food drive for Mayzie here during the month of December. If you can, please drop off dog food here at Paradise Canine Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine and we will make sure that it gets to the Bartlinski family for Mayzie!

Our Friend Luca

We would like to take a moment to remember this handsome Chocolate Lab “Luca”, who had been coming to us for therapy a little over a year. He passed away earlier in the month due to lung cancer.
Luca was always so happy to run through the doors to get to his favorite place….the pool room!
Luca will be missed very much by us here at Paradise Pet Therapy .


For the second year in a row, a Wire Fox Terrier won the National Dog Show Presented by Purina during the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia cluster at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. GCH Afterall Painting the Sky, was selected by Best In Show Judge Vicki Abbott from among more than 1,500 canines. “Sky” won the Terrier Group and then bested an Affenpinscher, an American Foxhound, a Great Dane, a Tibetan Spaniel, a Bearded Collie and a Field Spaniel during Best In Show. It is the first time that the same breed has won Best In Show at a major competition since an English Springer Spaniel won Westminster in 1971 and 1972.

Handler Gabriel Rangel of Rialto, Calif., has now won the National Dog Show three of the last four years with the Scottish Terrier, Sadie, in 2009, and the two Wire Fox Terriers – Eira in 2011, and now Sky. To see more pictures and videos, go to:


Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to wish all of our friends a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Intervertebral Disk Disease ( IVDD) in Dogs

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) in dogs is a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst (herniate) into the spinal cord space. These discs then press on the nerves running through the spinal cord causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis.

Breeds of dog that are predisposed to IVDD include the Dachshund, Beagle, Basset Hound, and Shih Tzu.

Symptoms and Types

Made up of a gelatinous substance surrounded by a thick outer layer, intervertebral discs are basically the shock absorbers of the spine. There are two types of disc herniation seen in dogs: Type I and Type II, of which Type II generally has less severe signs and symptoms.

Symptoms of IVDD may include:

•Unwillingness to jump
•Pain and weakness in rear legs (lameness)
•Crying out in pain
•Anxious behavior
•Muscle spasms over back or neck
•Hunched back or neck with tense muscles
•Reduced appetite and activity level
•Loss of bladder and/or bowel control (urinary and fecal incontinence, respectively)


The Official Name for Wobbler Syndrome is Cervical Spondylomyelopathy

Cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM), or wobbler syndrome, is a disease of the cervical spine (at the neck) that is commonly seen in large and giant-breed dogs.