Modern Dog Massage
a dog-obsessed small business
When I adopted Rosalita, the sweetest pitbull in the world,
she had hip problems. X-rays offered no clues.
I knew I needed to do something to ease her anxiety and discomfort.
What I DIDN'T know was that vowing to help her would lead to an
amazing career that allowed me to benefit her, and hundreds of other dogs.
I'm Diane Pekarek, a Nationally Board Certified Canine Massage Therapist,
and owner of Modern Dog Massage (MDM).
I studied canine massage at Canis Bodyworks in Chicago and D.C.
am certified in Animal Hospice & Palliative Care with
the American Animal Hospital Association,
and also in Low-Stress Handling from Fear Free Pets.
I offer canine massage & acupressure out of two studios, one in Medina
and another in N. Olmsted (inside the incredible facility Canine Country Club).
I work with dogs of all breeds and ages, and specialize in massage for Senior Dogs.
For this special population I also offer in-home canine massage.
My obsession with dogs doesn't stop with massage though...
I proudly run the Animal-Assisted Therapy Program for University Hospitals,
including Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Seidman Cancer Center and
MacDonald Women's Hospital.
The program has 150 dogs, a cat and a horse!
Additionally, I'm a Senior Canine CPR & First Aid, and Canine Wilderness First-Aid Instructor
So that's who I am...a women that whole-heartedly loves and respects the hell out of dogs,
and will do whatever I'm capable of, and trained in, to help yours.
Here's what I am NOT:
I'm NOT a Veterinarian, so I will never prescribe, diagnose, or promise a cure.
I work with many veterinarians, and am happy to be part of your dog's wellness team.
I'm NOT a good salesperson, in fact I suck at sales.
Massage is not a "one-and-done" and may take several sessions, or even need to be
done routinely for the rest of your dogs life (as is the case with my Rosalita).
When you come to MDM though you will not be pressured or guilted into
committing to multiple massage sessions for your dog.
If your dog would benefit from weekly massage but, for whatever reason,
you're unable to make that happen,
I'll teach YOU a few simple but effective canine massage basics
that you can use to help your dog, on your time. We can then meet every couple
of months to check in on your progress.
I'm fortunate enough to share life with my amazing husband, and our dogs,
Scottish Highland cows, chickens and honey bees on a beautiful farm south of Cleveland.
- Diane Pekarek