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Rachel Delaney

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

When it finally came to a career choice, Rachel Delaney just couldn’t ignore her dual passion for animals and for making a difference. At age 21, Delaney moved from Calumet City to Oak Park and sought a career in corporate America, working in a marketing position to promote the Chicago Marathon. That exposure to health-related issues took her into the health care field, first as an Emergency Medical Technician and then as a paramedic.

Nursing school came next at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, but Delaney found herself missing the contact with animals she had in her childhood home. “We took in stray dogs, and we had a chicken and a duck. They followed us wherever we went,” Delaney says with a chuckle.

Five years ago, while still attending nursing school, Delaney decided to move to Indiana specifically to volunteer at the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster. The first day she volunteered at the shelter, a 14-year old black lab named Dora was brought in. Delaney decided immediately to foster the dog, taking her home and caring for the aged canine.

“She was with me six months. Unfortunately, she was eventually in so much pain, we had to put her down. I was so devastated,” Delaney recalls. Since then, Delaney has fostered many animals until they could find forever homes.
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A healing jolt

Barbara Hartley pets Koday while he gets pulse therapy in her new Crown Point business, Pets in Motion. The therapy is said to help rebuild cartilage and provide pain relief for animals. The therapy consists of nine 30-minute sessions. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

Barbara Hartley pets Koday while he gets pulse therapy in her new Crown Point business, Pets in Motion. The therapy is said to help rebuild cartilage and provide pain relief for animals. The therapy consists of nine 30-minute sessions.
(Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

Today, a 10-year-old chow who resembles a small bear, appears to bounce when he walks, even when it’s into the room where he’s about to receive treatment.

“That’s part of his hip dysplasia,” said his owner, Barbara Hartley. “It’s why he bounces like a bunny.”

Last week, Hartley opened Pets in Motion,1225 Erie Court, a facility that provides electrical pulsed signal therapy treatments to pets who suffer from musculoskeltal pain, such as hip dysplasia or certain joint diseases. The business, which has two machines that offer the treatment, is one of fewer than 30 in the country, Hartley said.
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Taking care of Fido

Dogtopia associate Jessica Balthis cleans up as five dogs socialize in one of three playrooms at the Munster business. Nick and Marcia Autry have opened Dogtopia of Munster, a new dog day are, boarding, boutique and spa service. (Photograph by Natalie Battaglia/The Times.)

Dogtopia associate Jessica Balthis cleans up as five dogs socialize in one of three playrooms at the Munster business. Nick and Marcia Autry have opened Dogtopia of Munster, a new dog day are, boarding, boutique and spa service. (Photograph by Natalie Battaglia/The Times.)

An upscale day care, spa and boarding facility has opened in Munster for those needing the services for their four-legged friends.

Dogtopia of Munster is owned by Nick Autry and his mother, Marcia. It is an independent franchise of the nationwide Dogtopia chain, which currently has more than 20 locations.

The 6,800-square-foot Munster facility occupies about one-third of the formers Sterks site on 45th Avenue.

“We have an open play environment,” Nick said. “We want our clients to have plenty of room to have fun.”
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Help a worthy cause during your holiday party

Left to right: Rick Soria, Shawn Bosak-Borman, Scott Fech, Cora Bosak, Skip Bosak, Lisa Mueller (behind Skip Bosak) Matt Fech, Jimmy Dragon and Nicole Fech.

Left to right: Rick Soria, Shawn Bosak-Borman, Scott Fech, Cora Bosak, Skip Bosak, Lisa Mueller (behind Skip Bosak) Matt Fech, Jimmy Dragon and Nicole Fech.

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from Rick Soria:

As the holidays approach there are many that are forgotten. Our “furry friends” are locked in cages without a home for someone to care and love for them. Animal lovers represent those without a voice; animal lovers champion the cause of pets both wanted and unwanted. The Humane Society of Hobart’s mission is simple, “to accept, shelter, protect and find homes for unwanted animals. To investigate cruelties in which animals are the victims. To educate the public on animal welfare, especially the benefits of neutering all animals.”

A Valparaiso couple throw a annual holiday kick-off party the day after Thanksgiving in their home. “What started off as a way to relax and unwind with friends after a day of family getting together for Thanksgiving turned into a venue in which we can make a difference for a cause that is near to us”, adds Rick Soria. Read the rest of this entry »