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Morris dog rebounds from injury to compete in national racing competition!
By Meghan Shapiro Hodgin/NJ.com
March 26, 2014
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MORRISTOWN — Two years ago, it looked like a hiking accident had crushed Morris K-9 Klymer's chances of participating in agilities competitions nationally, according to his owner.

"His leg got wedged under a tree that had come down during a very bad windstorm," Jean Owen of Morris Township said.

She said his severe injuries were preventing him from competing in agility, obedience, field trials and dock diving competitions.

None of Klymer's bones were broken, so he was treated with physical therapy, but he didn't make much progress, Owen said. So Klymer had elbow and shoulder surgery, and did four months of rehab at Advance Canine Rehab in Warren.

Klymer, left, will be participating in the American Kennel Club's National Agility Finals in Harrisburg, PA this weekend.

Courtesy of Jean Owen
Klymer still limped, she said, but was free of pain after he underwent cold laser, magnet therapy and hydrotherapy.

In June 2013, Klymer was OK'd to return to competition, but that didn't leave him much time to prepare for the American Kennel Club's National Agility Finals, Owen said.

"All other dogs started attaining the needed qualifying scores as of December 1, 2012," she said.

Klymer ended up qualifying for the competition in less than five months out of the 12-month qualifying period, and will be participating in the American Kennel Club's National Agility Finals this weekend in Harrisburg, Pa.
 
 
 
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