Top Dog - Rehab / Sports Medicine

Winner: Paws Aquatics Canine Swim Center

Proprietor:  Diane Kunkle, CVT, RVT

Milwaukie, Oregon

971-244-2227 *

Est. 2009 

Philosophy/Mission:  Paws Aquatics utilizes the latest advancements in canine swim rehabilitation, striving to help with a speedy recovery from injury and/or surgery by reducing pain and restoring mobility, endurance, and agility.  By celebrating and nurturing the human-animal bond we strive to improve the quality of life for both dog and owner.  By providing our unique and compassionate services, we aim to maximize your pet's performance and improve the quality and longevity of his/her life. 

Claim to Fame/Signature Product or Service: The best description of the magic of Paws Aquatics is through the words of our clients: “I just want to thank you for giving us our old Maddie back — as a new Maddie.  With her mobility issues, we were concerned that we would end up taking extraordinary measures to make sure she was happy, mobile, and pain free.  But after taking her to Paws Aquatics, in less than a month she had lost weight, firmed up considerably, and could ambulate long distances without pain or stiffness the next day.  It was truly an amazing turnaround.  Now the phrase, ‘Let's go swimming,’ gets her out the door like a shot, and when she is done with her laps and rubber chicken fetchin’, she runs around like a puppy again.  Thank you for helping give our old Maddie back to us.” 

Community Involvement, Special Notes:  Diane is also president of Cascade Dock Dogs and through the Dock Dog community was introduced to and supports Chase Away K9 Cancer, which helps fund canine cancer research studies.  Diane also works closely with Golden Bond Rescue, providing swim therapy when needed. 

2nd Place: Back on Track Veterinary Rehab Center

9045 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland

503-546-8995 * 

3rd Place: Doggie Paddle Swim

6100 SW Macadam Ave, Portland

503-730-0310 *