More About Rehabbing Kip

March 18, 2010

Two nights ago, I received email from Jill.  She was concerned that her mother was not able (physically) to help Kip through the early stages of rehab.  Kip is a 30 pound chunk of muscle and without much use of his back legs, he is a dead weight.  Sarah had an inner ear problem several years ago, so when she bends over, she gets dizzy.  Jill has a full time job.  She can help Kip in the morning before work and in the evening, but Sarah needed help during the day.  Jim is still convalescing from his heart work at the Cleveland Clinic and is restricted to lifting 10 pounds.  So, what to do?

Yesterday I put out pleas for someone who would stop by Kip’s house a couple of times during the day to help him outside.  I also began looking for a particular person that I knew loved Kip dearly.  I found her!  Her name is Samantha.  When Kip was a puppy, she was a groomer at a nearby Petco.  I’d take Kip to her to wash off whatever icky stuff he’d managed to get into.  Yesterday I tracked her down.  She is pregnant, but is still working parttime as a groomer.  She has a two-year old daughter and a husband who is a glass blower and works out of their  home.  They live fairly near Kip’s house.

The arrangement will work.  Samantha and her husband drop their daughter off at pre-school/daycare around 9:00, they will then both go to Kip’s house and take him out.  Samantha and her husband will learn from Sarah how to help Kip.  Samantha gets off work between 2:00 and 2:30, her husband picks her up at work, they will go to Kip’s house to help, and then to pick up their daughter.  When Samantha is not able to lift Kip, her husband will take over helping for as long as Kip’s family needs the help.

I am so relieved that Kip and his family will have some dear people to help during the early rehab stages.  It will also help Samantha with a little extra income as they prepare for a new baby.  Sometimes things just work out right.


  1. Sharrie Brockhaus says:

    I love to hear stories about the good people in this world. I am sick and tired of all the negative stuff that we hear all the time about everything! Thank heaven there are people like Samantha and her husband to help Kip and Sarah and Jim and Jill. Bless all of them!

  2. Taryn says:

    That certainly sounds like a near perfect fix! The planets surely aligned correctly to have such a match-up occur. I am happy for all involved!

  3. I’m young and fit, but know what months of carrying Traum up and down stairs has done to my back. My back cracks in the morning, when it never used to. I’m kind of thinking I should be scheduling my own chiropractics as I schedule Traum’s 😉

    I’m glad there’s some local people who can help Mr Kip and his family! What a blessing!

  4. Tony says:

    Nice to hear that Kip will get the help he needs.There are always kind people out there who will help an animal in need.

  5. Kathy says:

    Somehow things always seem to fall into place and it seems that Kip’s support systems have really worked out. Nice that so many are willing to help and that Kip has his fair share of guardian angels, like YOU!

  6. Kristine says:

    Sounds like everything worked out perfectly! I have to carry Rugby and Riley up and down the stairs in our house (and we have two sets of them) every day so I KNOW how tough it can be. I think of it as my daily strength training routine 🙂

  7. Sandy says:

    Thank goodness for good people…despite what our professions show us, they really outnumber the bad guys (on a good day!).

  8. Sarah says:

    What a great network of people who all love Kip! Every dog should be so lucky. 🙂 So you see, it all turned out to be for a reason, when you think about how you probably grumbled when puppy Kip would get into something sticky or stinky or otherwise gross, it was all meant to be, just for this very reason, that you would meet the great groomer who would later become Kip’s home health nurse. It was perfect.