Published: September 13, 2009
Ben, a Golden Retriever, belonging to Rebecca Onuska, of Youngstown, emerges from the pool with a toy during the Pooch Pentathalon at the Davis Family YMCA in Boardman on Sunday afternoon. Ben suffers from severe bilateral hip dysplasia and Onuska was originally told he wouldn't be able to walk by the age of two without surgery. Instead, Onuska decided to pursue wholistic methods utilizing an underwater treadmill, adequan (injectable glucosomine), and keeping active. Now at the age of four Ben is active both in and out of the water, competing in obedience and acting as a therapy dog.