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Jun 28

Keating Aces Test as Certified Therapy Dog

Congratulations Keating! Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics is proud to announce that Keating has graduated and is now an official therapy dog. His certification from Therapy Dogs International (TDI) is a result of a series of classes and intense personal training.

Keating is now a certified therapy dog!

Keating just passed his Therapy Dog Test!

Owners Mark and Nancy Miller rescued the amputee puppy two years ago from a shelter in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Keating is a regular fixture at the offices. He greets patients, and shows them how happy and well-adapted he is with his artificial leg.

Keating graduated from two classes at the Parkersburg Obedience Club in 2014: Puppy Obedience and Basic Obedience. After the initial training and spending time in both offices, the Millers decided to step up the training. Amanda Ingram from Band of Canines Dog Training spent five days training Keating and Nancy in their office setting. Ms. Ingram has gained her experience in the Army, where she trained bomb-sniffing search dogs. Her technique worked well for the Miller-Keating pair.

Keating’s certification from TDI came just in time for him to join the Millers at the Amputee Coalition’s National Conference in Greensboro, NC. Keating’s official certification gave him access to the entire event, interacting with people from all over the world. “We knew Keating was a hit with our patients, but we never dreamed of the importance this dog holds, gauged by the reactions of the crowd. Many attendees were overcome with emotion, shedding tears, giving hugs, and taking lots and lots of pictures.” According to Nancy, Keating was in his element and loved every bit of the attention!

In addition to his time in the office, Keating visits clients every Tuesday morning at Belpre Landing, the brand new short-term rehabilitation and assisted living facility near their Belpre office.  He also plans to visit patients in the hospitals, nursing homes and definitely next year’s conference in Louisville, KY. If you have someone who may need a visit from this special dog, call Nancy Miller at 740-421-4211. You can also keep up with Keating and see additional photos at MillerPO.com/Inspiring-Stories/Keating.

Special Thanks to Ruth DeFranco (second from left) and the testing team in Alliance Ohio for arranging our testing day. Therapy Dogs International.

Special Thanks to Ruth DeFranco (second from left) and the testing team in Alliance Ohio for arranging our testing day. Therapy Dogs International.

 

“Look! He is just like me!”

Keating finds a new friend, Angel, at the National Amputee Coalition Conference June 2016.

 

Amputee Therapy Dog Keating poses with Reggie Showers

Keating poses with Reggie Showers, Professional Motorcycle Racer and recently crossed the Serengeti Desert with “Mygrations”, a program currently airing on the National Geographic Channel.

 

Keating poses with World Champion Triathlete Mabio Costa

Keating poses with Two-Time World Champion Triathlete, Mabio Costa! National Amputee Coalition Conference June 2016 in Greensboro, NC.

 

 

May 21

Keating’s Favorite Video!

If Keating was in a movie…

Be sure to watch it until the end.

 Students created this animation and were offered jobs at Disney because of it.

 

May 19

Happy 2nd Birthday Keating! May 19, 2016

We had a fun impromptu birthday party for Keating in our office today! He enjoyed his slice of cake and his birthday gifts of ham and salami!  Thanks to Amanda, Chester & James for helping us celebrate!!

 

 

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Jun 12

Pirate Pup Gets Pegleg

What does Keating get when you cross Woodcraft with Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics?   A PEGLEG!   An authentic wooden leg, with a professionally made prosthetic socket!

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Captain Keating on stage for the costume contest at the “Walk Your Paws” Fundraiser for the Parkersburg Humane Society

Keating is the 3-legged dog of Mark and Nancy Miller, owners of Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics in Parkersburg, WV.  Nancy is also the Head of Digital Retail at Woodcraft Supply. When the Humane Society of Parkersburg, WV announced their fundraiser would include a costume contest, Nancy instantly thought PIRATE and begged Mark to make a pegleg to go with the costume. When she questioned Mark on what type of wood was originally used for wooden legs, he said “willow wood”. In fact, he explained, that is where WillowWood, an Ohio-based Prosthetic company, derived its name. A quick search on Woodcraft.com showed that Woodcraft had willow wood in stock. The idea was so exciting, that Frank Byers of Woodcraft was eager to help. Frank actually found a willow stick in the office, and offered to make the wooden part of the leg!

The custom-fit wooden pegleg and costume came together at the Humane Societies “Walk your Paws” Fundraiser on Saturday June 6, 2015. The crowd fell in love with Keating as he joined the other pets in a lap around the park. His leg fit so well that he was able to easily run the path. He was also able to climb up and down the stairs to the stage, and won first place in the costume contest! His pirate treasure prize was a big basket of dog treats!

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Keating with his eye-patch!

This was the 5th socket that Mark made for Keating, who is now one year old. Last year Keating was rescued by the Millers through MARC, an non-profit rescue organization in Chattanooga, Tennesse. Traci Kilmartin, a prosthetist in Chattanooga who made the puppy’s first prosthesis, reached out to her  professional network to find a good home for the puppy. Mark responded to the post, and soon the Millers took him in and made him part of their family. Now Keating usually goes to the office with Mark and has been very helpful to their amputee patients, especially those who have recently lost their limb. Keating is the happiest dog around, and doesn’t let his missing limb slow him down.

The wooden part of the leg was turned on a woodworking lathe by Frank Byers. He turned and finished the piece similar to a furniture leg, and made it long enough for Mark to blend it into the socket. After a day in the office of measuring and trying different materials, the wooden piece was incorporated into the socket with epoxy. Mark’s son Alex, who is also learning the trade, worked on the project and suggested the black leather covering to resemble a pirate boot. The leg turned out better than imaged! To see more photos and read about the production of the leg, check out the story on www.WoodworkingAdventures.com

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Thanks to Pat Catan’s, who had a pirate costume for toddlers, Keating was decked out and ready to go to the fundraising event.  The Parkersburg City Park venue was equipped with a cannon, for the perfect pirate snapshot!

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Keating poses with his owners, Mark and Nancy Miller, and his pirate treasure for taking First Place in the costume contest for the Humane Society’s Fundraiser

Thanks to the Humane Society of Parkersburg for the rescue and care they give to animals, and for all who donated to the cause at the Walk Your Paws event.  Keating will make another visit to the Humane Society for their kids “Camp Ruffin’ It” on June 23, 2015.

Mar 29

Giving the Dog a Bone – 3D Printed Style

Nov 2

Selfies with Keating!

Our daughter Arienne was home from college for the weekend, and got a chance to play with Keating!  She worked on his “Selfie” trick.  Below is a quick video and some photo’s from the beautiful fall day.

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Nov 2

Keating Fetch Video and Fall Photo Shoot with Arienne!

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Although Keating gets along fine with three legs, he loves running fast with all four! Check out the video of our daughter Arienne playing fetch with him. He is also getting quite used to the camera. We did a fun photo shoot with the Miller Prosthetics & Orthothics (MPO) gear. The green bandana is his work uniform, and Arienne is wearing one of our original t-shirts! Keating loved the treats he got after each good pose. He’s up for a photo shoot any day!
Notice the foot on the leg he is wearing. Mark turned the foot around so he wouldn’t get it caught on sticks, wires, etc when he runs.

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Oct 21

Road Trip to Virginia!

Mark and Nancy attended the Virginia Orthotic and Prosthetic Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia on October 17-18, and Keating tagged along. Keating was welcomed by the clinicians, vendors and patients at the show. Thanks to Comfort Products, Inc. he even got two new pairs of prosthetic socks to help his leg fit more comfortably.

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Oct 16

Amputee Dog Finds New Home with Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nancy Miller
Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics, LLC
2601 Dudley Ave., Suite 5A
Parkersburg, WV 26102
740-525-8124

 

4-boatPARKERSBURG, WV (October 27, 2014) A puppy born with only three legs in Chattanooga, TN, now has a new home in Belpre, OH, with Mark and Nancy Miller of Miller Prosthetics and Orthotics, who adopted the mixed-breed puppy so they could continue to fit him with a prosthetic leg as he grows.

A prosthetist in Chattanooga fitted the amputee puppy with his first artificial leg and then began searching for a permanent home while the puppy waited in a foster home to be rescued. Enter Mark Miller, a certified/licensed prosthetist/orthotist who answered the Chattanooga prosthetist’s appeal. Once the Millers were approved to adopt the puppy, the local shelter arranged transportation to Wytheville, VA, where Nancy was waiting to take the Millers’ new puppy to meet Mark and their son Alex and enjoy a weekend outing at Summersville Lake in Summersville, WV. “We spent the next two days boating, camping and getting to know our new puppy, Keating,” Nancy said.

“We chose the name Keating in memory of Robin Williams,” Mark commented. “Dead Poets Society is one of my favorite movies because of the overall message and Williams’ character, Professor Keating, who professes the ‘carpe diem’ attitude with such passion. The night before Robin died, I had just watched the movie again, and we were in the process of getting the pup. The name is a bit unusual, but fits the puppy well. He also answers to ‘Oh captain, my captain.’ ”

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Although Keating gets along pretty well with only three legs, he runs fast and plays hard like any other puppy when wearing his prosthesis. The latest leg made by Miller is hinged, so that it’s easy for anyone to put the leg on without pinching the skin. According to Nancy, the first time Keating chased a ball across a tiled floor while wearing his artificial limb, the “thump, thump, thump” of the plastic hitting the floor was adorable. In fact, they almost named him Thumper.

Keating is a “congenital amputee” because he was born without a limb. Fortunately, he still has a joint in his right leg that helps the prosthesis stay on.

Mark emphasized that the entire prosthesis is a work in progress because puppies grow so fast. Each new leg has functional improvements over the previous design. The current prosthesis is only three weeks old and needs to be replaced already. The design of the last foot worked well most of the time, but he had caught it on extension cords, ropes on a dock, and struggled to walk through fields of long, flattened grass at the Wilds during the Spartan Race. Mark replaced the foot and turned the open end around, which corrected the issue.

The puppy’s new home was already adapted for a dog – it has a large fenced in backyard. The Millers’ previous dog had to be put down at age 13 early in 2013, but they had never adopted another dog until Keating came along. “It was worth the wait to find the perfect dog,” Nancy said.

Keating has such a good temperament and aptitude for learning that the Millers plan to train him as a therapy dog. In fact, the puppy is already working as he goes to the office with Mark every day. “Many of my patients are amputees themselves and can relate to the puppy,” Mark said. “They also see how Keating isn’t slowed down by his condition. “

On his most recent adventure, Keating joined the Millers on a trip to Richmond, VA, to an Orthotic and Prosthetic Conference, where he was warmly greeted by the clinicians and vendors, and especially adored by a recent bilateral amputee who was at the show demonstrating his hi-tech knees. Keating also received a couple small socks from another vendor to help his prosthesis fit more comfortably.

 

“For a puppy in the middle of a crowded trade show, he was quite calm and comfortable,” Nancy said. “At one point, he was sprawled out in the middle of aisle on his back just waiting for Mark to finish chatting with a vendor. “

VB-10-FamilyOcean Outdoor enthusiasts, the Miller family often takes Keating boating, having him ride to shore on a knee board and cruise with Mark on a stand-up paddleboard. On his recent trip to Virginia, he saw the ocean for the first time. “I doubt he’ll be surfing anytime soon,” Miller joked, “he got sand in his prosthesis and was a bit intimidated by the splashing surf when trying to rinse off.” To read more about Keating, see more pictures, and watch a few videos – including the first “thumper” video, visit www.Millerpo.com and look for the Keating page. And, if you want to meet him in person, just stop by the office anytime.

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About Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics
Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics, LLC provides prosthetic and orthotic services and fits diabetic shoes at Parkersburg, WV. The firm provides high-tech solutions for the best fit and service for all patients, striving to return patients to the activity level they desire – from walking and moving to running, fishing and hunting.

Owner Mark Miller is a certified, licensed prosthetic and orthotic professional who has been helping patients walk comfortably and regain their confidence and dignity for over 25 years. Mark was born and raised in Marietta, OH, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Ohio University and received his certificate in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Northwestern University in Chicago. He has been practicing in the Mid-Ohio Valley since 1991.

Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics was established on Dec.12, 2012, by Mark and his wife, Nancy Miller. Co-owner Nancy Miller has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Statistics, and an MBA from Ohio University. The office is managed by Susie Murphy, who comes to Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics with over 25 years experience in the field.

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Oct 2

Keating the Navigator

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Keating is really getting big.  He’s about 4 1/2 months old in this picture.