What we do…..
Established in 2018, Friends of Sierra is a non-profit organization committed to continued education through research and development to improve the science of animal physical therapy and overall health. Friends of Sierra envisions a world where service dogs are provided all modes of care needed to allow them to thrive and deliver service well beyond historical norms through physical training, quality physical therapy and injury prevention. Through continued research and education, we make physical therapy more readily available to all who need it. We envision a world where our services allow all service dogs to live a long, healthy and productive life!
In December 2017, Drago, our three-year-old German Shepherd, was diagnosed with an FCE, Fibrocartilaginous Embolism. With FCE a small amount of intervertebral disk material from between the bones of the spine (vertebrae) detaches spontaneously and lodges in a nearby blood vessel. This blocks the blood supply to a section of spinal cord and the associated nerves. The resulting inflammation and nerve damage leads to weakness, poor coordination or, often sudden paralysis. Drago’s hind legs were acutely paralyzed. With the help of Sierra Peaks Animal Rehab (SPAR) and their staff, Drago was able to walk again. We are so grateful for the love, time and patience Stevan, Erin, and Jamantha gave to Drago. Seeing our boy chase a ball again was one of the happiest days of our lives. We could say “thank you” a million times and it would never be enough to express our heartfelt gratitude.