January 2013


Happy 2013!  We hope your holidays were merry and full of joy.

We are excited to embark upon our 9th year of business, and we thank you for your past and future patronage.  We wouldn't be here without your support, and not a day goes by that we aren't grateful for it.  

So here's to a peaceful and prosperous 2013 to you from all of us at CRCG.  

We hope you'll join us from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with events designed to start the new year on a healthy note.  We'll also be raising funds for Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation and Nakio's Underdog Rescue .

Paws & Read Magazine and Deserving Dog will join us in sponsoring this event, where we'll offer 15-minute rec swim sessions,  5 minutes in the endless pool or on the treadmill for $7 each.  All proceeds from these activities will be donated to the named charities.

We'll also offer 10-minute reiki and massages for a donation, as well as facility tours so pet owners can learn about the services CRCG offers.  We'll also have photos for Valentine's Day , animal communicator sessions , pet treats and a silent auction.


Aspen's story started on March 29, 2010 when Kathi Dvorak mentioned to her family veterinarian that her dog Aspen had been having an intermittent left rear leg issue. The vet recommended that she see a specialist to determine if there was an issue.

On April 2, 2010, Kathi and Aspen consulted with Dr. Rooney at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists. From the x-rays and the physical exam, Dr. Rooney determined that it was probably a grade 1 tear. They were given two options: 1. Continue with regular activity and deal with it if it gets worse or, 2. Schedule a scope of the knee to determine the true degree of the tear and repair if needed.

Aspen had surgery on April 7, 2010 to repair the CCL. The surgery went very well and Dr. Rooney was confident that she would have a successful recovery and be back on the agility course. On April 14, 2010, Aspen started rehabilitation (physical therapy) with CRCG. Over the course of the next three months, Aspen continued with underwater treadmill and other strengthening exercises. In July of 2010, Aspen graduated to swimming in the recreational pool. She continued weekly assisted swim sessions and worked her way up to 20 minutes of swimming.

On August 20, 2010, Kathi and Aspen went back to Dr. Rooney. Aspen's good leg (right) had a partial tear. In her wildest dreams, Kathi never thought they would be going through this again.

On August 24, 2010, Aspen returned to Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists for surgery to repair her right knee. They started rehabilitation the next day with cold laser treatments to reduce swelling and help healing. CRCG also gave them exercises to help with range of motion. On day 16 day post-op they started underwater treadmill sessions, increased the exercise difficulty and enjoyed a massage.

Aspen continued with her weekly rehabilitation in the underwater treadmill through December and in January, 2011 she had her first endless pool swim session and continued on with weekly assisted swims in the recreational pool.

Aspen resumed agility class for the first time in over a year in March of 2011. She looked like she had never been off for a break! Aspen continued with her weekly agility training and swimming at CRCG. She ran her first agility trial (since her new knees) in Ventura, California in July of 2011. Since then, she has been competing regularly and racking up titles.

Kathi and Aspen have been through a lot in the last two years and we are very proud of them for their hard work and dedication. They are an inspiration and proof to anyone that is facing the same obstacles that they can compete/function normally again.

Aspen continues her weekly swims at CRCG to stay strong and hasn't stopped improving. To see all of her accomplishments to date go to: http://www.himmlisch.com/aspen.htm.

Visit our friends at Whole Pets Natural Pet Foods & Supplies directly adjacent to CRCG's Broomfield location (8855 W. 116th Circle Broomfield, CO 80021).

Free dog wash with the purchase of a 10 recreational swim package purchase at CRCG.

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Thank you for your support and your swimming!

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with 3 convenient locations in metro Denver and surrounding area

Broomfield- 8855 W. 116th Circle Broomfield, CO 80021
Englewood- 3760 S. Lipan Street Englewood, CO 80110
Longmont- 104 S. Main Street Longmont, CO 80501