I began working with many of these dogs in 2010. They were some of my first clients and they taught me so much! Not all of it was about helping them physically. They all opened my heart to greater tenderness and compassion as only a pet can. I had the privilege to work with them from the time they were healthy, active and competing in their sports to their final days with us.
For the owners of those who are at the rainbow bridge: Thank you for sharing these wonderful dogs with me. I miss them. Their special personalities and unconditional love still touches my heart as it does yours.
In honor of Deuce, Star, Heidi and Kaitlyn
The Rainbow Bridge
inspired by a Norse legend
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.
(1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.)
Deuce had been having problems walking and we could not figure out why. He had x-rays done, bloodwork, and wellness exams which did not show any obvious problems. After a stroke of luck, I found Dr. Ellen online and what a blessing she has been for us! Dr. Ellen’s knowledge of animal care far exceeds beyond just chiropractic work. Her extensive knowledge and care in canine anatomy and wellness has been invaluable. She is very rare in that she openly shares her knowledge by showing us how to give him the proper exercises and stretches to further enhance his rehabilitation and keep him in alignment in between sessions. Within a handful of rehabilitative sessions, Deuce’s posture significantly improved and his muscle spasms significantly decreased during his walks – he has even begun to start playing chase again. He absolutely adores Dr. Ellen and thoroughly enjoys his sessions with her. And the three of us are grateful for the blessing she has been to our family!
Deuce, Sophie, and Jef, FL
My 11 year old border collie and best buddy, Heidi, has had a long, successful sports career. As both an agility and flyball champion, it’s been important to keep her in top physical shape. Like any athlete, over the years she had developed some joint pain and arthritis as she aged. It had gotten to the point that any time we got out for even light exercise, she would have discomfort afterwards. While she is now retired from the more strenuous sports, I believe that by adding canine chiropractic care with Dr. Ellen Neal to our overall health program, Heidi seems to have less pain and stiffness, enabling her to enjoy life more and is able to play like a much younger dog again. Thanks to her improved mobility, we have been able to continue to compete in both rally obedience and regular obedience trials.
Beth Hudson and “Heidi”, aka MACH ADCH Flyover Take Me Higher, FMCH, RA, CD “Heidi”
My 5-year old Papillon, Lily, and my 3-year old Papillon, Eli, are very active in Flyball and Agility, two very competitive dog sports. I was driving over to Louisiana (a 6 hour round trip) about 3 times a year to obtain chiropractic adjustments for Lily and Eli until I found Dr. Ellen Matthews-Neal. Eli is very cautious and I was afraid Dr. Neal would not be able to handle him without a lot of help, but with the gentle ways of Dr. Neal and Peggy he was soon very relaxed and adjusted. It has made a world of difference in the health and well-being of my dogs to be able to receive adjustments on a regular basis. I can’t thank them enough for taking such good care of my dogs. I highly recommend them to everyone with a dog, regardless of their activity level, but especially for all dogs competing in dog sports.
LILY & ELI
Dr Ellen Neal has been working with both my girls for over a year now. Both have shown so much improvement in attitude and flexibility that it amazes me at times. Kaitlyn is 11 and developed arthritis in her back hips and was having increasing difficulty getting around. Since beginning treatments with Dr Neal, Kaitlyn has shown continued improvement and is now jumping up on the hearth for her evening treat and has even done a little agility when she accompanies Morgan and me to practice sessions.
Morgan is 7 years old and competing in agility. A couple of years ago she stepped in a hole while chasing her sister in the field and threw her shoulder out. Since that time, she began needing chiropractic adjustments after most of her agility trials. Her performance suffered and while she was usually accurate in her runs, she was frequently too slow to qualify. Dr Neal began the chiropractic treatments with her and I was happy to see not only her speed on the course increase, but also her enthusiasm for running agility returned as well. She also has been staying in adjustment longer and has not required as many chiropractic adjustments as in the past.
With the improvements we are seeing, the girls don’t have go for treatments as often and when we do go, they truly seem to enjoy it. Thank you, Dr Neal.
I thought that my Border Collie, Star, and my Pomeranian, Zip, were in good physical condition, because they compete in agility and in flyball (relay races for dogs). They never indicated that they were having any problems, but I decided to let Dr. Ellen Neal examine them, just to make sure that they were OK. Dr. Neal found that both Star and Zip had some problems with their backs and necks. Star also had a problem with one shoulder and a rear leg.
Dogs will hide their pain from us as long as they can. As Dr. Neal examined and worked on them, I could see how certain movements were difficult for them, and could see how they hurt.
Since Star and Zip have been getting regular adjustments, they’ve been running better in both agility and in flyball. I don’t think that Star would have been able to finish his flyball “championship” (ONYX) at 10½ years old without Dr. Neal’s adjustments. Star is still competing in agility and running better than ever. Zip set a new time record for himself in our last flyball tournament!
Best of all, though, is that I know that my dogs feel better. I love them so much – they are my pets, my “kids”, my companions. Even if they weren’t competing, I would get chiropractic adjustments for them.
Pat Young, Star and Zip
This very energetic boy was acting as if he had no energy at all. He would not run and play as he usually did throughout the day.
Within a few days of Ellen’s initial treatment Seamus was back to his normal routine of rolling, running and playing. His range of motion in his neck had improved dramatically.
Everything is a game to him and he was back to the Seamus we all know and love. I contribute his grand recovery to the treatments, love and personalized care he received with Ellen and her staff. It was as if Seamus was their pet. I would like to thank Ellen and staff for all they have done and will
continue to do for Seamus and my piece of mind.