When it comes to sink or swim, Annie always paddles through. “She’s very stoic and strong,” says mom Lisa. “She’s definitely the alpha of our other two dogs — but she’s also so gentle and sweet!” Annie’s strength was on full display when she slipped on some wet grass, tearing her right cruciate ligament. Even a cast and splint couldn’t keep her from what she really loves: swimming.
Fitted with a waterproof sleeve, Annie hit the water not only for kicks, but also for hydrotherapy. With instruction from an animal physical therapist, the family’s pool became a healing oasis. Annie thrived on the low-impact doggy paddle and was back to playing on land in no time — although she’d still much prefer to make a splash!
10-year-old polish lowland sheepdog
$2,617 for treatment of a torn cruciate ligament