When Jill Reynolds graduated as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2002, she decided that every month she would donate eight hours of massage to a deserving dog group.

Having spent her life hiking and backpacking in the Colorado backcountry, Reynolds selected Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado as a natural recipient of pro bono work…Why search and rescue dogs? “These dogs take a real beating out on the trail,” Reynolds said. “They are on call 24-7, every day of the year, and most of them train 2 or 3 times a week besides missions. Sometimes they are out for 10 hours at a time working through dense vegetation and rocky terrain. Massage helps them recover physically, ease back and neck problems, and in general, get them feeling better for the next mission.”

Coloradoan.com, Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 9