CSCM and FetchFind Announce Strategic Partnership!

The Chicago School o f Canine Massage (CSCM) and FetchFind are proud to announce their strategic partn ership. Each shares in a common vision that a solid hands-on education in animal behavior is the foundation for a career in the pet services industry. Both companies plan to support each other through the development of unique content for blogs and newsletters along with special events and social media sharing. 

CSCM supports all pet services categories, so whether students decide to become salon managers, groomers, pet hotel managers, or own their canine massage business, their techniques and curriculum prepares individuals for life-long careers. Denise Theobald, CEO and Founder of Chicago School of Canine Massage, explained, "Our goal is to provide students with the most comprehensive program available for canine massage therapy, and we want to train people to do this work professionally and incorporate it into the wellness care of animals.  Working with a company like FetchFind that focuses on finding the most talented, passionate people in animal industry gives us the opportunity to network with those looking to move into a new profession as well as connect with high caliber people that take the industry very seriously. It also allows us to educate the community about the growingindustry of canine massage."

For FetchFind, the feelings are mutual, says Jamie Migdal, CEO at FetchFind. "CSCM has established themselves as a premier canine massage school, and we are so fortunate they located in Chicago and look forward to co-spons ored events. Their professionalism helps raise the standards of care for our pets as they support veterinarians and physical therapy clinics with invaluable work. FetchFind is excited to offer the alumni of CSCM their exclusive badge certifications at and promote their many canine massage cla sses and clinics. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship." 

Partner initiatives are underway with social mediashares, event promotion, and sponsorship.
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Our Real Teachers

Here at CSCM, we need as many canine instructors as possible to teach us the most important part of this work. Our focus is to work on dogs of all different personalities, health challenges, sizes, ages, etc., allowing our students to have a wide variety of learning experiences. We are willing to accept any pet into our teaching assistant program, and since many are fosters or have harrowing stories of survival, grit, and strength, we like to showcase as many as we can.

In this newsletter, we are showcasing Mouse. Mouse came to the shelter as a stray - very small and thin with a broken ear, a tongue that hangs out of his mouth, a sore on the upper part of his nose that appeared to be a burn, and thinning hair. He immediately caught the eye of volunteer Debbie Szenda, and with the condition Mouse was in, nobody expected his owner to come looking for him. Debbie brought Mouse home as a foster on the 4th of July and began posting pictures of him on the shelter volunteer page, happily playing in the yard with her other animals. Soon after, another volunteer commented that he was her dog, but she could not come pick him up for a week. Debbie had to return Mouse to the shelter, but she continued to go to the shelter in the evenings to visit him and walk him. When the week was up, Mouse's owner had never showed up to claim him, so Debbie immediately drove to the shelter to bring him back home, and at this time he was showing signs of illness - wheezing, lethargic, and very little appetite. The shelter veterinarian diagnosed Mouse with an upper respiratory infection and placed him on antibiotics.

"I was carrying him outside to go potty, hand feeding him, offering him all sorts of foods just to get him to eat and lying awake at night listening to the poor guy wheezing from under my covers."

A few days later, Mouse began carrying his front left leg, making it even more difficult for him to get around. Debbie's concern began to grow and she decided to take him to see her personal vet. The vet examined him and ran some tests which came back with a big discovery - Mouse didn't have an upper respiratory infection at all - he had a broken nose and mouth! These were old injuries that had not been properly cared for. In addition, the vet suspects that Mouse has a cervical spinal lesion, pinching a nerve in his neck and causing him to carry his front leg. Mouse only has four back teeth, dental disease, extremely frail bone structure, no calcification on his bones, cataracts in both eyes, has a very large open soft spot on his head, and was possibly born with fluid on his brain causing neurological issues. Debbie has to be very careful with Mouse, as any slight movement could cause him injury, any fall could paralyze him.  Debbie was instructed to take Mouse off of the antibiotics and administer a small dose of Prednisone in hopes of getting him to start using the front leg again. During this time, a friend of hers introduced Debbie to the Chicago School of Canine Massage.

"After 2 visits being used as a demo dog with Denise, Jaclyn, and the students (along with the small dose of steroids), Mouse had begun using his front leg again. His energy level has increased drastically along with his appetite. When Mouse first visited For Your Canine, his tail was tucked tightly between his legs, and now he's constantly wagging it, barking, walking up and down stairs on his own, his hair is improving and the sore on his nose is completely healed."

Mouse is now a regular client in the Chicago School of Canine Massage's professional clinic receiving massages from Jaclyn. The goal is that the massages will alleviate his nerve and pain issues, and Mouse will be able to continue his remarkable progress without the assistance of medications. We are also very happy to announce that Mouse has been officially adopted by Debbie!

Congratulations to the Advanced Mentorship Students!

Congratulations to our July mentorship students who completed 3 weeks of intensive hands on learning! We had two local students, a student from Florida, and a student from New Hampshire. We look forward to continuing to support you as you complete the program via case studies, observation hours, and testing, and as you continue on this new journey! 

Pictured standing from left to right: Denise Theobald, Heide Jakiel, Stacy Litzky, Julie Todd, and Jaclyn Cecere. Not pictured is student Sharon Lilla. 

The Many Faces of Canine Massage

Many of the therapists who take CSCM's programs do so because, in addition to learning about touch and massage, they want to learn about the physical dog, canine behavior and communication, trust building, and low-stress handling. CSCM graduates prove through their subsequent work experiences that there are many ways to use the power of touch, intent, and soft tissue manipulation to help our animal companions. 

Click here to check out the full blog to get an idea of what graduates are doing with the knowledge and skill learned at CSCM and the careers they have built.