When it comes to giving, News 8 viewers dive right in - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

When it comes to giving, News 8 viewers dive right in

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A pet therapist and a disabled dog are back on their feet, thanks to a huge offering of donations from News 8 viewers.

Trish Penick has helped thousands of dogs with her unique swim therapy. But in January, the helper herself needed help.

"I didn't know if we were going to have anywhere to work," Penick said.

After five years, Trish suddenly lost the lease at a pool in Carmel Valley. Her business was sinking, until News 8 viewers threw her a lifeline and offered their own swimming pools to save her.

"Some very very generous people with good hearts, they just wanted to do it to help us," Penick said.

Trish had her pick of 25 pools from across the county. She found one in La Mesa to support her clients in the south, and a second one in Cardiff that looks more like a spa.

Vicki Armstrong watched our story and gave Trish a call, opening up her home and pool to the dogs.

"I am such a dog person. I have five rescue dogs myself, two of them are from Rancho Coastal Humane," Armstrong said.

It was at Rancho Coastal Humane Society in February where we first met Koa, an 88-pound gentle giant that was suffering from a grinding bone-on-one hip dysplasia. News 8 viewers paid for his $6,000 surgery. Then Jan Kreckter stepped up and took the rescue dog home.

"It was love at first sight. You saw that face, right?" Kreckter said.

Koa is still recovering from surgery. Penick offered free pool therapy to help. The swim therapy will build muscle without the pain of a weight-bearing treadmill.

"That's pretty amazing. She's a saint. I think that's great. I think our dogs need people like her," Kreckter said.

Much like Koa's circling puppy paws, from Trish to Vicki to Jan and all of those News 8 viewers, the story's positive energy just keeps going around and around. With the extra money collected for Koa's surgery, another shelter dog was able to have eye surgery.

"You know, it's the whole paying it forward thing. It all keeps going around," Penick said.

  • CBS 8 FeaturesMore>>

  • Earth 8 Eco Ambassador award winner receives $20,000 grant

    Earth 8 Eco Ambassador award winner receives $20,000 grant

    Thursday, September 21 2017 10:19 AM EDT2017-09-21 14:19:56 GMT

    Six environmental non-profits were honored by San Diego Gas and Electric and the San Diego River Park Foundation as Earth 8 Eco Ambassadors for helping to protect our county’s watersheds and magnificent coastline. After the online voting period closed Tuesday, this year’s Eco Ambassador was selected.

     

    Six environmental non-profits were honored by San Diego Gas and Electric and the San Diego River Park Foundation as Earth 8 Eco Ambassadors for helping to protect our county’s watersheds and magnificent coastline. After the online voting period closed Tuesday, this year’s Eco Ambassador was selected.

     
  • Diabetes-related amputations up significantly in California - and San Diego

    Diabetes-related amputations up significantly in California - and San Diego

    Thursday, September 21 2017 10:19 AM EDT2017-09-21 14:19:29 GMT

    Clinicians are amputating more toes, legs, ankles and feet of patients with diabetes in California - and San Diego County in particular - in a "shocking" trend that has mystified diabetes experts here and across the country.

     

    Clinicians are amputating more toes, legs, ankles and feet of patients with diabetes in California - and San Diego County in particular - in a "shocking" trend that has mystified diabetes experts here and across the country.

     
  • Just food for dogs: New kitchen caters to pets

    Just food for dogs: New kitchen caters to pets

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 4:31 PM EDT2017-09-20 20:31:47 GMT

    A new restaurant has just opened in the North County, promising to serve fresh, ingredients. And the line is out the door, but the attraction isn't for people -- it's just for dogs! 

     

    A new restaurant has just opened in the North County, promising to serve fresh, ingredients. And the line is out the door, but the attraction isn't for people -- it's just for dogs! 

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.