We consider our patients part of our family, so there is nothing better than hearing from satisfied clients about their pets. Have your own GVR success story to share? We’d love to include it here. Submit your story and photo to testimonials@gavetrehab.com. Or, the next time you’re at GVR, let us know and we’d be happy to help you put one together. We love our patients!

Brody, Vizsla

Brody, Vizsla

Brody was born missing the lower part of his right front leg. His owner/breeder began bringing him to GVR when he was nine weeks for strengthening and a temporary orthotic to help him bear weight on that limb. At six months of age and much stronger, Brody was fit for a prosthetic leg. He happily romps and plays with his Vizsla siblings, and has already earned his Junior Hunter title. He will continue to participate in hunt tests and is a testament to the benefits of rehab!

Berkley, Shih Tzu

Berkley, Shih Tzu

Berkley is a seven year old Shih Tzu who was diagnosed a year ago with an autoimmune condition known as immune-mediated polyarthropathy (IMPA). This painful disease leads to fever, swelling of multiple joints, and shifting leg lameness. 

Before starting therapy at GVR a year ago, Berkley was lethargic and showed little interest in playing with his canine or human sisters. Because of his pain, the little dog isolated himself from his family, and when he moved, he did so stiffly and with a pronounced limp. 

To combat the disease, Berkley was prescribed steroids. As often happens with the disease, he suffered two torn cruciate ligaments. Surgery was not a good option because of his steroid regimen.

Enter GVR! To address Berkley's pain, he was treated with weekly laser therapy and acupuncture sessions. To get him moving and address the cruciate issue, Berkley alternates between land and underwater treadmill sessions for physical rehabilitation.

Since coming to GVR, his family reports that he is a much more active pup, and once again has interest in playing and hanging out with his family. He no longer isolates himself, and his movement is much improved, with no limping.

His family reports, "Berkley loves GVR and feels so much better and more energetic especially after his acupuncture treatments." And although he currently comes to GVR once a week, the goal is to move to a less frequent maintenance schedule. With the sustained progress he's shown, that should be a very achievable goal! 

Bailey, Golden Retriever

Bailey, Golden Retriever

When Bailey, a three year old Golden Retriever, first came to GVR, she weighed in at an unhealthy 99 pounds and could barely swim for five minutes. Today, this gorgeous girl has dramatically increased her energy and stamina and lost 15 pounds, dropping fat and gaining significant muscle. Her overall BCS (Body Condition Score) dropped two points as well!

How'd she do it? Bailey was referred to GVR in January after she put on 30 pounds over a year's time. She'd been diagnosed with kidney disease, and, as it turns out, the special diet that had been prescribed contained significantly more calories and fat than her previous food and the pounds started adding up. As is often the case with weight gain, the extra weight on Bailey's frame caused her to develop pain and a limp, too.

Bailey's protocol at GVR includes swimming in the SwimEx pool twice a week and occasional laser therapy, along with regular re-checks and chiropractic adjustments. At home, her diet and exercise regimen changed as well. Her caloric intake, under a veterinarian's guidance, has been significantly cut back, and at least 3-4 times per week, Bailey goes on a 45-60 minute walk/hike.

Bailey's people, brother and sister, Andrew and Jennifer, report that Bailey has more energy and is much less sore than she's ever been. "Bailey is three years young and really looks forward to her visits with all of her friends at GVR these days. Originally, she was a bit reluctant to get up and go, but now, when we say it's time for swim practice, she jumps up and runs to the car - she has so much more energy now. And before swimming, Bailey was not one to play with her brothers or sisters or go crazy outside... now she leads the way!  Although she enjoys being the 'baby' of the family, her confidence levels have soared and she initiates playtime more than ever before!"

Messha, Cat

Recently, Fox 5 Atlanta's Medical Team reporter, Beth Galvin, paid a visit to GVR to do a story on "Messha," an 18 year old cat we've been treating for complications from a stroke. What's so special about Messha's story? Part of her rehab plan includes sessions in our underwater treadmill! Click here to see the news clip; we think you'll agree... Messha's one special cat!

Bailey, Doberman-Rottweiler

Bailey came to GVR in early Septembe r three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair two herniated discs at the base of her neck that were causing loss of coordination in her limbs.

Due to complications during surgery, the 138 lb. Doberman-Rottweiler mix came home from the hospital not only unable to walk, but unable to lift her head or eliminate on her own. It was questionable whether she'd even live.

But, on her first day at GVR, Bailey, who was carried into the clinic on a stretcher, received electro-acupuncture and was prescribed Chinese herbs. Her "Mom and Dad," Mozelle and Michael, saw positive changes right away. Unfortunately, a week and a half into rehab, the almost eight year old Bailey hit another rough patch: she required surgery for a pre-existing wound on the inside of her right elbow, then contracted pneumonia. Afraid again that they might lose her, Mozelle and Michael persevered, and Bailey recovered from her setback, finally returning to GVR in early October to resume rehab.

With a limited budget, they embarked upon an intensive at-home rehab program with Bailey, putting the dog through her GVR-prescribed routine three times a day. To supplement the program, they brought Bailey to GVR regularly for laser therapy and electro-acupuncture treatments, continued Chinese herbs, and rented a "quad cart" from GVR that would support Bailey in an upright position and allow them to move her legs in a normal fashion.

In October, the underwater treadmill was added to Bailey's treatment protocol. At the end of November, Bailey, if assisted, was able to stand on her own on land, and even take a few steps.

Today, at a svelte 107 lbs., Bailey can stand up slowly by herself, walk short distances and go outside to eliminate on her own. She can also sit up and turn over on her own.

About Bailey's progress, Mozelle muses, "We originally thought that after surgery, she'd be up and moving within a month. After almost losing Bailey three or four times through this process, the fact that she can stand up and go to the bathroom on her own... we're so appreciative. Once she gets stronger, we think she should be able to progress even further." Mozelle and Michael are also appreciative for all the people who donated rehab sessions, making Bailey's care possible.

Quasi, Cock-a-poo

Quasi, Cock-a-poo

Meet Quasi, whose "Mom," Rita Houston, was given a 50/50 chance that he'd ever walk again after he'd ruptured a disc. Rita opted for surgery (hemilaminectomy) at Georgia Veterinary Specialists for Quasi, then brought the four year old Cock-a-poo to GVR two days after his release from the hospital.

Immediately after surgery, Quasi was paralyzed in both hind legs and did not show a deep pain response. When he came to GVR eight days after surgery, he showed some improvement, but not much. He was incontinent and although he showed some deep pain response, he demonstrated no voluntary movement in his left hind leg, and only a little in his right. He was unable to stand when placed, and could not walk at all.

Rita elected to enroll Quasi in an intensive rehab program in which he spent every day, Monday through Friday, at GVR receiving treatment. Laser and acupuncture helped with pain and healing; in addition, the little dog completed two 15 minute land sessions and one hydrotherapy session every day.

By week two, he was beginning to walk a little on his own, and continued to make progress. Now, five weeks later, he is continent, walking  - and even trotting around the clinic - all by himself, and Quasi has entered the strengthening phase of rehab, with regular acupuncture still recommended.

Rita is thrilled with his progress, explaining, "When Dr. Orenbuch sent me the video of his first steps, I cried tears of absolute joy. Quasi has been trying and working so hard, he deserves the reward of movement. Today, he is functionally independent, exercising and taking 15 minute walks every day - continuously showing improvement. His personality is beginning to shine through again which signals to me he is feeling much better as well." Way to go Quasi!

Puck, Mixed Breed

Puck the Wonder Dog, aka "Puck the Injured Foster Pup" was rescued in April from death row at a local animal shelter by Jorge Perez. Puck, only months old, was not bearing any weight on his left hind leg, and it was soon discovered that he'd been living with a broken leg for at least a month. Fast forward, and Puck went to Georgia Veterinary Specialists where orthopedic surgeon and GVR business partner Dr. Alan Cross performed a proximal tibial malunion repair on the pup. Puck then came to GVR, post-op, to help speed healing, strengthening and return to full function.

At GVR, Puck received laser treatments, underwater treadmill sessions, and lots of strengthening and stretching exercises in the gym, along with an intensive at-home program. Today, Puck's prognosis is that he will live a normal life. He is about 75% of the way through his rehab program which, at this point, is in the conditioning stage, with a focus on strengthening.

A case like Puck's could cost about $4,000 for surgery (the majority of the expense) and subsequent physical rehabilitation. Jorge was fortunate to receive the backing of the Animal Companion Rescue Foundation to help offset the cost of Puck's care. But it's important to note that many pet insurance plans cover the cost of veterinary rehabilitation, so it pays to ask.

Venus, Rottweiler

Venus, Rottweiler

Venus, a delightfulthree year old Rottweiler, recently underwent TPLO (tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy) surgery to repair a partial cruciate ligament tear in her left hind leg. Venus proved to be a great example of why we want to see a dog immediately post-surgery. Her "Mom," Wynell Rippe, brought Venus to GVR literally the day after her surgery - directly from the surgery clinic, in fact - and five to six weeks after starting a rehab program with us looked, according to Dr. Orenbuch, "downright normal."

At Venus' first visit to GVR, Dr. Orenbuch performed a thorough exam, and gave Wynell exercises to work on at home with the dog. Wynell also committed to bringing Venus to GVR twice a week for six weeks of rehab, consisting of one session each, per week, of one land workout and one underwater treadmill session.

At the end of six weeks, Venus was moving so well that it was difficult for anyone to tell that she had had surgery. When the surgeon performed her six week re-check, she agreed that Venus looked great! Once a dog tears a cruciate ligament, it's quite common that the other knee will suffer the same fate. In Venus' case, the surgeon remarked that Venus' right knee looked better than it had during her initial exam. The reason? All that rehab!

Venus and Wynell were a model team; Wynell took Venus' rehab seriously, diligently and carefully taking her through her exercises at home, monitoring her activity level, and bringing her to the clinic for formal rehab sessions. Wynell opted to continue for six more weekly underwater treadmill sessions; by the end of that six week period, Venus should receive a clean bill of health and be cleared to return to her normal level of activity. Congratulations Wynell and Venus on great teamwork!

Kitty Baby, Cat

Kitty Baby, Cat

GVR patient "Kitty Baby" is a 13 week old kitten rescued by GVR client Monica DeLeon from a busy outdoor area at an Atlanta apartment complex... and Kitty Baby's looking for a home of her own! Born to a feral cat mother, Kitty Baby had an issue with her hind legs that Monica noticed prior to rescuing her. Once in Monica's care, Kitty Baby was taken for a consult with a board-certified neurologist at UGA. The neurologist determined that most likely she has a neurological problem; on x-ray, her bone structure looks normal. She can move and push with her hind legs, but is unable to keep her rear end up. She is fast moving and climbs as much as she can; she has some feeling in her hind end but some limitations as she is still working on using a litter box. At GVR, she is being treated for a neurological condition, and has received acupuncture treatments and massage; at home, Monica massages and exercises the kitten's rear legs and reports that Kitty Baby's hind leg muscles are getting stronger each day. Kitty Baby is a happy kitten with a huge personality and a determined spirit.

Teddie, Rottweiler Mix

Teddie, Rottweiler Mix

When Dee McGowan of Pet Buddies Food Pantry first considered bringing her rescued, 8.5  year old Rottweiler mix, Teddie, to GVR, she hesitated. He was a dog who didn't like people in his personal space, so she knew there would be no way to get him in the underwater treadmill (UWTM) - too small a place for his comfort. But with Teddie unable to exercise and slowing down due to arthritis, the effects of double knee surgery, and an additional 10 lbs. of weight on his frame, Dee had to do something.

On his first visit to GVR, for Dee's comfort, she muzzled him. That day, Teddie received laser therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese herbs. After a couple more treatment visits, Dee decided to literally take the plunge with Teddie, and have GVR work with him in the underwater treadmill. Dee came armed with "a purse full of hot dogs" in case he wouldn't go in, but he never hesitated! In Dee's words, "I truly believe it's because he feels so comfortable at GVR that he is willing to do anything. He even pawed at the UWTM door to get in last week when it wasn't opened quickly enough for his liking."

In addition, Teddie, who has always been hesitant to get into cars, now tries to jump in by himself when it's time to go to GVR. How does he know? On days he has an appointment at GVR, Dee says 'Let's go to rehab,' and Teddie runs in circles, then sits at the front door with a huge smile on his face, waiting for her to put on his leash. Teddie has lost close to 10 pounds since beginning his treatments at GVR in July, and has more energy and mobility than ever before. He plays with his little sister more and loves his morning walks.

Izzy, Labrador Retriever

Izzy, Labrador Retriever

Terri Grigorakakis brought three year old Izzy, a Labrador Retriever, to see us after Izzy was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a condition in which the ball and socket of the dog's hip joints do not fit together smoothly, making the joint unstable. Initially, that instability causes inflammation in the hip joints as well as compensations and pain in the back. Later, the body's attempts to stabilize the joint with new bone leads to arthritis and can result in significant pain.

Our goals for Izzy, who came to us depressed and in pain, were to alleviate pain and avoid surgery. We treated with laser therapy and chiropractic, in conjunction with a program of "mixed rehabilitation" incorporating land exercises, followed by hydrotherapy, in the same session. Terri was instructed how to properly stretch and strengthen Izzy at home. Week by week Terri saw improvement and was able to eliminate anti-inflammatory drugs from Izzy's routine. Over a few months with continued rehab, Izzy gained significant muscle mass around her hips, and lost five pounds! Moreover, she returned to her normal routine, is happy and lively, and able to do everything she used to do with her active family. 

It is too soon to know whether Izzy might still need surgery one day. But, if she does, and if Terri keeps Izzy strong and flexible, Izzy will no doubt have a much faster and fuller recovery from surgery, and be better equipped to complete a successful post-surgical rehab program. If you have a dog with hip dysplasia, talk with us about how to help him or her become stronger and better prepared to stave off pain associated with this condition.  

Ajji, Dachshund

Ajji, Dachshund

Ajji, a resident of St. Barths, is a long-time GVR patient who first came to see us, paralyzed in his hind end, in July 2011 for intensive boarding rehab after having back surgery for a herniated disc. After four weeks of rehab, it was time for Ajji to go home. Much more mobile, Ajji was still incapable of walking on land unassisted, so he went home with a cart. He came back to GVR in October 2011 for a few days, and although able to move his hind legs in the underwater treadmill, he was still knuckling. At home, his "Mom" continued to work him in his cart on a land treadmill to get his hind legs moving. He returned to GVR in March 2012 for "boot camp." What was to have been four weeks turned into seven. At the end of that time, Ajji graduated, going home ambulating on his own. In late May, he came back to say "hi," and we are pleased to report that Ajji, after diligently practicing his rehab exercises at home, is now completely mobile! (link to video of Ajji: http://tinyurl.com/c5tf9ov) (Ajji pictured here, early on, with his “wheels” with GVR’s Lisa Bedenbaugh.)

Melanie Smith
St. Barthelemy
French West Indies

Chancer, Golden Retriever

Chancer, Golden Retriever

While good health is important to all of our animal companions, it is especially critical in the life of a service dog. Our son’s certified Behavioral Assistance Dog, Chancer, became a beloved client of GVR shortly after having a successful stem cell transplant in August of 2011. Chancer, a blonde golden retriever, at only 5 years of age was experiencing premature Hip Dysplasia and arthritis. To ensure that we maximized the benefits of the stem cell transplant, our veterinarian recommended a vigorous course of Rehab.

We had attended GVR’s Open House soon after it opened as we had been invited through a mutual friend who was also a professional dog trainer. Not only was I blown away by the facility and all it had to offer - I had an immediate sense of confidence in the staff that I met that evening. Now, almost a year later, Dr. Orenbuch ‘s treatment plan has increased Chancer’s stamina, strengthened his muscles and alleviated severe spinal pain due to years of Chancer’s hip impairment.

Chancer has been on a robust routine of therapies; Acupuncture, Chiropractic Adjustment, Laser Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Land Rehab, herbal supplements and massage. I know. As a human, I can only imagine the benefits of any of these therapies individually, let alone clustered and focused on one incredibly much-needed canine.  The therapies while helpful by their nature have been augmented by the superior oversight, experience and expertise of Dr. Orenbuch.  

Since most of us love our animal companions almost as much as our own children – we invest in many ways in their well-being. As Chancer’s mom, I love coming to GVR, because it has made such a difference in Chancer’s enthusiasm as a working dog. In order to support my son, Chancer needs to feel strong and healthy. As Chancer’s handler, my confidence in GVR remains steady and my respect for their work ethic is always reinforced with every visit, every service we receive. I feel fortunate to consider the staff to be part of our extended Chancer family.

Donnie Kanter Winokur
Roswell, GA

To read more about Chancer, the “Wonder Dog” go to:  

Harley, Dachshund

Harley, Dachshund

In February 2011, Harley was in much pain and was diagnosed with a ruptured disc
in his spine. Our vet gave him pain pills, along with steroids, for about 2 months. During this time, Harley got worse, and began to drag his back legs and still in pain. Finally, the vet said he had done all he could do, and it was down to 2 choices; (1) $6000-$8000 back surgery, or (2) put him down. (continue reading)

Pemba, Mixed Breed Dog

Pemba, Mixed Breed Dog

Pemba suffered a hiking accident February 2011 which damaged her spine and caused her to become partially paralyzed in both hind legs.

Pemba spent the first 24 hours in veterinary ICU. I was told that Pemba's recovery was dependent on keeping her crated and immobile for the next six weeks, allowing her out only to use the bathroom. I relayed this advice to a board-certified human surgeon; he was surprised and said it was counter to the latest medical discoveries in human science, which showed that many spinal injuries recovered most successfully when physical therapy was started as soon as possible.

Ten days after Pemba's injury I brought her to Dr. Orenbuch at Georgia Veterinary Rehabilitation. (continue reading)

Brenna, Cat

Brenna, Cat

My sincere thank you for working with my little miracle kitty, Brenna, these past few weeks, and helping her with her pain and limited mobility! Brenna was my rescue kitty from CEVC, who fell from our second story to our first at approximately 7 weeks of age. Ever since, she's cried out often when picked up, and would never jump up on counters and tables like our other kitty until she worked with Dr. Orenbuch. I've seen HUGE improvement, just in two visits. I highly recommend Dr. Orenbuch to anyone whose beloved furry baby is in any pain, is slowing with age, has experienced a surgery or an accident, etc. I recommended her to my primary care vet, and would glad to be a reference for anyone considering care options for their beloved pets. Thank you again, so much, for all you've done for Brenn in such a short time. I know it wasn't that involved of a treatment for you, but I honestly believe that your help is resulting in a MUCH improved life, with increased mobility and agility, and far less pain, for this little feline I have grown to love so much. Thank you again, Dr. Orenbuch!

Jill Dotter
Atlanta, Ga

Sam, Yorkshire Terrier

Sam, Yorkshire Terrier

I brought Sam, my seven year old Yorkshire Terrier, to see Dr. Orenbuch in the spring of 2010. He’d injured his neck, and despite having surgery to repair a ruptured disc, he wasn’t making much progress. We continued to increase his pain medications as advised, but still Sam could not lift his head up and had a hard time using his front left leg. He had also been confined to a crate for about 3-4 months. Finally, I was ready to put Sam to sleep because I could not watch him suffer any more (it had been six months).  His regular vet, Dr. Bard, told us there’s "one more thing you need to try" and that is when I found Dr. Evelyn.

Dr. Evelyn adjusted him, used laser acupuncture, and gave me some stretches and strengthening exercises to do with Sam every day.

After Dr. Evelyn saw Sam once a week for three weeks in a row, I saw a HUGE difference in him. He was a new dog! Now we see her once a month, and Sam is back to doing some of his favorite things like chasing squirrels, birds, and chipmunks in the backyard, and swimming at the lake. He was unable to do these things even just a few months ago. He is also off all of his pain medications, after having been taking 8-10 a day.

Jenny Lidback
Atlanta, GA

Willow, Finn and Tara, Collies

Willow, Finn and Tara, Collies

I brought my three Collies to see Dr. Orenbuch after relocating to the Atlanta area from Pennsylvania. Thank goodness I found her! I tend to "break" my dogs.

All three of my dogs have active lives, competing in agility, obedience, and rally and enjoying sports such as chasing squirrels. All three receive regular chiropractic adjustments. Willow, who is five years old, also receives acupuncture for incontinence which showed up after she was spayed three years ago. Tara, who has had bi-lateral severe groin pulls, is six years old, and although retired from agility, still tends to re-injure herself occasionally, so she, too, benefits from acupuncture treatments when needed. Even Finn, a retired conformation dog, who can be unsure of strangers due to an unfortunate experience he had as a pup, welcomes Dr. Evelyn’s healing hands.

Sharon Naylor
Ball Ground, GA

Tara (Tir Nan'Og Imzadi Gold)
APDT (rally obedience): RL1, RL2, RL3, RLX1, ARCH
HIC (herding instinct cert)

Willow (Tir Nan'Og Imzadi Special Order)
HIC (herding instinct cert)
Finn (akc: Tir Nan'Og Clarion Sensation, ukc: Tir Nan'Og Imzadi Dreamcatcher)
UKC: Ag1, Ag2, FO, RL1

Aberdeen, Dachshund

Aberdeen, Dachshund

One day Aberdeen seemed to have an issue walking, had a hard time getting in and out from the step up to our house, squealing in pain when we tried to help her. After 2-3 weeks, it wasn’t getting better – it was getting worse. I finally knew we had to go to the vet.

One of her vertebrae was putting pressure on her spinal column, causing pain and worse: neurological damage. If she started to drag her legs behind her, it was a sign that (supposedly) only a $5,000+ surgery would allow her to walk again. I was sent home with pain medication

On a Monday evening we went for Aberdeen’s first visit at GVR with Dr. Orenbuch. I had to carry her in because she could not even pull her back end behind her. Her back legs would not function at all, and she looked so pitiful trying to pull herself up and then flopping over on her side. She could not stand, walk or even hold up her back end when I propped her up on her back legs….I’m in tears again just thinking about my poor dog. I truly believed there was nothing to be done.

That day she got an electro-acupuncture treatment and I was given some exercises to do with her at home, as well as a cold laser kit and some Chinese herbs.

Folks – I’m not kidding. Tuesday she rested. Wednesday she walked. Wobbly – but on her own back legs, she walked around, didn’t need help to go potty, she walked to her food – she was WALKING. Between a Wednesday visit and a visit the following Monday, she had twice daily the cold laser for 15 minutes, the Chinese herbs, an acupuncture treatment, and 2 hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill) sessions.

Today, not 2 weeks after she could not even stand, Aberdeen is TROTTING with her tail wagging away. She’ll probably never stop being wobbly, and she’ll have a difficult time with steps and stairs, but she’s walking, trotting, and by all appearances, nearly as good as ever.

I can’t believe the improvement only 3 visits has made on my Aberdeen

I cannot recommend Dr. Orenbuch or the GA Vet Rehab Center highly enough. Not only is the environment comfortable and contemporary (no 80′s fluorescent-lit dingy vet waiting room), each staff member was several notches above the standard veterinary office. Dr. Orenbuch is forthright and empathetic, encouraging and calming both for her patients and their owners. I’m impressed by the facility, the level of professionalism and their obvious skill and acumen in not only treating, but successfully improving the health of their patients. Thank you, Dr. Orenbuch and staff!!

Liz Darnell


(see more of Aberdeen’s story at http://frugalnaturally.info/2011/03/30/pet-rehabilitation-chiropractors-for-dogs)

Milo & Peony, Pugs

Milo and Peony, Pugs

In the fall of 2010, I received a disheartening diagnosis that my 11 year old Pug, Milo, would need spinal surgery on the heels of a femoral head ostectomy he was still recovering from. This additional surgery was to deal with a bulging disc that was causing instability in his hindquarters and fecal incontinence. Given his age and the fact that he had just recently had major surgery, I was not inclined to put him through more and decided to face the inevitable that I would soon have to put my "Little Man" down. Before doing that, however, I decided to reach out for alternative care and was lucky enough to find Dr. Orenbuch. She treated Milo with acupuncture, cold laser and a chiropractic adjustment and left me with a list of exercises and stretches for him. Within one short week, there was noticeable improvement so we kept on with treatment, even adding chiropractic adjustments for my second Pug, Peony, to the equation. Now we see Dr. Evelyn once monthly. Milo, who could almost not walk several months ago, is climbing stairs, playing toy tug-of-war with me and Peony and running in our backyard, his energy level belying his years.

I still have my little friends with me and they are now aged 12 and 11. They are happy, active and healthy because of Dr. Evelyn and I will always be truly grateful for the love, attention and care she gives them. But most of all, I thank her for bringing my Milo back from the brink. You rock, Dr. Evelyn!!
Gerry Lumsden
Atlanta, GA

K9 Ayla, German Shepherd

In 2003, I was faced with possibly retiring K9 Ayla at age seven due to a chronic neck and back injury. As a result of Dr. Orenbuch’s care, K9 Ayla remained sound and continued to work as a dual purpose police dog for the Delaware Department of Corrections until her retirement in 2006 at 10 years of age. Ayla is still with me - almost 13 years old!

K9 Ayla is a once in a lifetime dog. She was trained in narcotics detection, tracking and patrol work, as well as being certified as a FEMA Type 1 search and rescue dog with Virginia Task Force One, Fairfax County, Virginia. K9 Ayla and Marilyn have been deployed to the earthquakes in Tou-lin, Taiwan, Duzce, Turkey, and the 911 disaster at the Pentagon.

K9 Ayla is the recipient of the Trooper Award, a medal for heroism and bravery, given by the ASPCA.

Marilyn Arwe
*Marilyn Arwe has been a professional dog trainer for over 25 years. She has enjoyed competing in agility, obedience, and USPCA trials. Currently she is the K9 Instructor for the Delaware Department of Corrections. K9 Ayla was a patient of Dr. Orenbuch’s at her practice in Philadelphia, Pa.

*Bailey, Jack Russell Terrier

Bailey, Jack Russell Terrier

IFCS Overall World Champion, Three time IFCS World Champion, USDAA National Steeplechase Champion, Three time JRTCA National Agility Champion

Mike has been involved with Agility since 1998 and has been competing with teammate Bailey since 2000. Well known in North America, Japan and Europe, Bailey has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments:

· '08 IFCS Overall and Three Time World Champion
· '08 USDAA Life Time Achievement - Platinum
· Three time IFCS World Team Member ('04, '06, '08)
· '03 - '08 USDAA Top 10 in all classes
· '05 Only handler/team to win 3 consecutive USDAA Regional Grand Prix Championships in the same year
· '03 USDAA National Steeplechase Champion
Mike and Bailey have been featured in magazines, newspaper and TV shows. Most recently, they were on The 10! Show in Philadelphia.

"Evelyn is GREAT! Evelyn always places the interest of her clients (dogs) ahead of her own. As a critical component of our conditioning program, my dogs see Evelyn on a regular basis as I have found they perform at a much higher level when they feel their best. I continue to recommend Evelyn to anyone who wants their teammate to feel their best! As the old saying goes, My goal in life is to be the person my dog thinks I am, and Evelyn helps me be my dogs hero when I can help her feel her best."

Mike Murphy

*Bailey was a patient of Dr. Orenbuch’s at her practice in Philadelphia, Pa.