Woodrow is a blue nose pittie that was found in a forest preserve off of Route 52 in the Joliet area. A concerned citizen brought him to the Will County Humane Society. Will County Humane Society quickly agreed to take the dog into their care not knowing what the next step would be. The first step was to assess the trauma so WCHS brought an approximately 4-5 week old pit puppy in for an exam. His rear hind paws were missing due to trauma from another animal. He was not born this way. The injuries were fresh but not dirty or infected, thank goodness,
Two of the three vets voted to put Woodie down because they were concerned about his quality of life and whether or not he would be able to thrive. The shelter manager did not think this was the best route to go and contacted a friend and fellow animal lover Jenn to see if she could take in this young pup, care for him, and change his bandages twice a day. In addition to bandage changes he went for laser therapy at the clinic. A wonderful vet tech at the clinic mentioned that J.J.C. (Joliet Junior College) had a prosthetics and vet program that has 3d printing and each semester the students have a contest or a project to show what they have learned. Jenn googled the program information at JJC and emailed the Professor in charge of the department that evening. In a wonderful turn of events the professor responded quickly and asked if Woodie could come in and meet the class. Woodie loves people and is a regular at the Grelck real estate office. He enjoyed meeting the class who collectively worked on the prosthetics. The greatest challenges have been his constant continuing growth, keeping the feet clean and dry and not limiting his mobility. Woodie can do the stairs and walks the neighborhood daily with his fur siblings. The prosthetics J.J.C provided in the summer of 2019, have enabled Woodie to show the world just how mighty this little pup is and that his lack of paws is not a limitation on him as a being. His gait is smooth when wearing prosthetics. He jumps and uses his hind legs for support (standing and using only the prosthetics for support) something he was unable to do without the prosthetics.
When he walks the town of Plainfield for ice cream, socialization, or just to get in some good smells he appears to be like any other four legged furkid. Neighbors and friends met along the way ask if he has a recent injury and cannot believe that he is without rear back paws. This usually leads to us showing Woodies facebook page and getting more followers and supporters. He is truly an example of life at its best and that's it's to be fully lived and that differences can only make a being more unique and special.
Before Jenn met Woodie she had no experience with prosthetics or an injury that required daily care on a dog or person. Woodrow trusted his foster mom and fur siblings from his first few days in the Grelck home. Woodie was also quick to learn, knowing that when he has to sit still for prosthetic removal or vet checks he is safe. Especially with soothing tones and kisses from Mom which makes it even better.
The best thing Woodie has taught me from fostering him, is that life is what you make of it. On difficult days or when I get sad, a quick look at Woodrow and his the positive outlook reminds me anything is possible. WCHS and Woodrow have encouraged me to become an advocate for pets in need of rescue. The foster to adopt opportunity has impacted Jenn greatly and has set the challenge for her to want to do more to help animals in need.
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I am a Xennial, a hardworking Generation X, who helps bridge the gap between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials. I have worked in the service industry in many capacities for 25 years with great success. I am committed to getting my clients the best deal on the home sale or purchase. My skills in social media, technology, and negotiation enable my transactions to run smoothly.
A lifelong Illinois native, graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and home owner encourages my continued success in real estate. In the past 5 years, I have become an active community member for both children and animals in need in my town and county. In addition, my friendships and determination have allowed my success in real estate to continue to grow with each year. My enthusiasm and expertise enhance and encourage my dedication to my clients.
I showcase my listings on my personal and company website, many social media outlets, and have a team of professional service providers to assist my clients with any of their buying and selling needs, including stagers, designers, handymen, and inspectors. I am communicative, thorough, and detail oriented. My commitment to my clients does not end at the closing table, and I love working by referrals as a result.
In my spare time, I am a dog mom and advocate for all animals in need of homes. Every closed transaction by Jenn Grelck in 2020, a $100 donation will be made to Will County Humane Society; my local shelter of choice that saved my youngest pup Woodie the Wonder (check him out on Social Media). From Foster fail to Mom of a special needs dog I have learned: hard work, determination and hope you can succeed at everything.
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