Des Moines Chiropractic February 2016 Newsletter

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Compass Chiropractic February, 2016 E-Newsletter
“A bad one”
That was the most frequent answer when people asked, “What kind of dog do you have?”

You ignored some dogs, while others you lunged at aggressively.  The ratio of your judgement sucked. Maybe 50/50, but you loved me.

If you sensed I was going to give you a bath you’d head to the far side of the yard, and pretend to be a deaf ornithologist as I called you over. As you played stupid, you were smart and I loved you.

Randomly, you’d decide some men were sketchy, and bark at them aggressively.  I never figured out the exact trigger… Dark hair? Over 6 feet tall? Ate Mexican for lunch?  Certain people you just didn’t like, but you loved me.

When I adopted you I was all alone in the Great Northwest.  You were the best hiking buddy in the world, except when you ditched me half way up a mountain to go marmot chasing, you little punk. I loved you and loved our adventures.  We saw the most beautiful views imaginable together.

You bit a veterinarian soon after I got you.  She was trying to get a stool sample rectally without putting a muzzle on you.  I can’t really blame you for that.

You were selfish. You’d come over for me to pet you, but the second I stopped the cuddling was over.  You’d head off to a corner of the room where you could lay there and stare at me for hours like some creepy pedophile.  You were my creepy dog and I loved you.

For years you had your own love seat you lucky little bastard.  Not just a plush dog bed… An entire love seat.  The only rule was that you weren’t allowed on my couch.  You acted like we had an understanding.  When you got older and went deaf I learned how grateful you were as I came in and found you chilling in my spot on the couch multiple times.  Sneaky and sly but I loved you anyway.

You hated one of my best friends, Danny, more than anyone.  He’d wake in the middle of the night after an evening of partying with you inches from his face, growling like you were ready to go for the jugular at any moment.  Well, they do say dogs are good judges of character, and with him you might have been right.

Your profile said you could run.  Run toward your food bowl maybe!  We tried running and you laid down after two miles.  That was it.  You were one heck of a walker though.  Walks with you were the highlights of my days for 10 years.

I love biking.  I thought you should love it too and bought you a Burley.  I attached your collar to the short lead on it and started riding.  We didn’t make it far before I heard a terrible “whump whump whump” and looked back to see you dragging on the ground with the Burley flopping around on top of you. You had jumped ship.  I tried a couple rides with you strapped down straight-jacket style but you never shared my love of biking and I gave up.

Irony found you I guess because you got a bad back.  A chiropractor’s dog with a bad back.  You were actually a miracle patient at times though.  I’ll never forget the time you were gimped up at the bottom of the stairs, pitifully unable to climb.  I carefully worked on you and you stood up, wiggled a little, gave me a kiss, and went trotting up the stairs.  Good as new.  It was awesome to help you, my best friend.

You were a Pacific Northwest dog, but I packed you in my Mazda 626 towing a Uhaul trailer and we drove halfway across the country to Iowa to follow the American Dream of starting a business.  For a few years I didn’t own that business, it owned me.  Through those long hours and stress you were always there for me and I can’t thank you enough for getting me through the biggest challenge of my life.

At first you didn’t like Val.  We’d come home after you’d spent a long day solo, and you’d get annoyed when we focused on each other and not you.  You’d bark at us and get put outside.  She didn’t think you were cute.  When she moved in she started taking you for walks every day.  She saw how people smiled and chuckled when they saw you, and it made her proud.  We got a Gentle Leader collar, and it curbed some of your wicked ways of aggression.  Your love and companionship helped her make it through nursing school, and she loved you for that.

You could be a pain in my butt. Maybe that’s why you got cancer in yours.  For a while you could still get around pretty well with that tumor growing.  Then you started to look old.  We got you a puppy, Sage, and she gave you more bounce in your step for a while.  You were sweeter to her than I expected.

I wanted you to be able to go naturally.  You hated the vet’s office more than anywhere.  I waited longer than I probably should have.  I’m sorry, George, but I had to take you to that terrible place.  It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

As I watched you take your last breath through tears and sobs, I thought how men much bigger than me must certainly have wept much louder than me.  There is powerful love between a man and his dog, even “a bad one.”

Thank you, George, for being my best friend since 2006.  I hope to see you on the flip side!

George Krohse
Adopted May 13, 2006
Passed away January 22, 2016

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Sandy Recommends Opal Apples

Opal Apples.  Nothing like a good apple as an afternoon snack – but I’ve got to admit – I’m pretty picky about the apples I consume.  I don’t like mushy and prefer a little sweeter flavor than the tartness of a Granny Smith (though they are great for baking!)  While wandering through the produce aisle of Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago, a display of bright neon yellow apples caught my eye.  Opal apples.  Never heard of them.  The display promised that they are “extra crunchy and sweet”.  Sounds just like what I’d like… I gave one a try.  Wow – I’m hooked.  They are extremely crisp with a fairly thin peel and just the right amount of sweetness.  Combine that with the fact they’re fairly good-sized apples and it makes for a wonderful afternoon snack.


I learned that Opal apples are a cross between a golden delicious and topaz apple.  They are grown in Washington State and are the first apple in the United States to be Non-GMO Project Verified.  Their season runs from November to March.  One other interesting fact about Opals is that they do not brown after cutting so they keep their freshness in salads and kids’ lunchboxes.

They’re a little pricier than my old stand-by favorite apples – but totally worth it.

Amy Recommends

Have you ever watched a movie, tv show, or played a video game and loved the song but didn’t know the name of the song or artist? Well now you can with It’s a site that has literally a million (or so it seems) songs from movies, tv shows, and video games that you can search, listen to a sample and buy with the push of a button.  For instance, I love the tv show “Nashville” and at you can look up the tv show, it will list all of the seasons to choose from, all of the episodes in each season, and then list all of the songs with notation of which scene in the show it played! How genius is that??? Someone, or groups of someone’s, went to a lot of work binge watching and taking notes :) Some of the shows/movies don’t list the exact scene that the song was played, but still lists the songs along with a sample.

Some different ideas of utilizing If you’re looking for a little workout motivation you could search the “Rocky” movies and create a playlist from the movie! If you’re having a kid’s birthday party with a theme such as “Alvin and the Chipmunks” you can choose songs from their newest movie to play at the party! If you are getting married and you want your favorite song from your favorite love story movie such as “Twilight” or “Life as a House” to walk down the aisle to or have your first dance to, you can find it on and buy it instead of going out to buy the whole soundtrack! Another fun idea is setting up a name-that-movie or video game trivia and playing the free music samples from popular video games or movies and having your significant other or friends guess the title of the game or movie! (Free, fun entertainment on a long car ride or relaxing night in…)

Anne Recommends Noce

Welcome to Des Moines’ newest hit spot!  You’ve just stepped into Noce…a chic cabaret.  Delicate lights dangle above you like stars in a night sky.  While you stroll through an intimate arrangement of tables, you notice art pieces pressed against brick walls and a striking sculpture suspended from the high ceiling across the way.  You intend to take a closer look later on.  Plush curtains pour over the stage and you order a cocktail, settling in for a cozy evening of jazz or musical theater.

Noce, located downtown at 1326 Walnut Street, is managed by local celebrity talent, Max Wellman, who also frequently performs with aptitude, poise, and wit.  Every Tuesday through Saturday, this swanky establishment hosts local and nationally-renowned live entertainment.  Tickets can be purchased through before they effortlessly sell out, and keep in mind that no cover is charged between 5-8pm during Tuesday’s “extended happy hour”.  Reserve a table for Valentine’s Day or your next date-night.  This club will certainly be swinging for years to come!

Dr. Krohse recommends Sakari Sushi on Ingersoll Ave.

Back in chiropractic school in Davenport, my group of friends found a Mexican restaurant named Azteca that we loved because it always felt like a party there.  Their tacos were tasty, their margaritas were extra strong, mariachi bands played on the weekends, and the birthday boy or girl always got plenty of tequila.  We would take a big group there for birthdays and special events because we knew we’d have a blast!  After moving to Des Moines, I wondered if there was a Mexican restaurant with the same fun vibe.  I never found that restaurant.

Swap sushi for the tacos, sake bombs for the margaritas, and an upbeat dance soundtrack for the mariachi bands and Sakari Sushi is my recommendation for a dinner out where the party isn’t just in your mouth, it’s in the entire restaurant!

I’ve had a blast every time I’ve gone to Sakari.  They have a great selection of the best sushi rolls in town featuring phenomenal fresh fish.  The place is packed and the energy is contagious.  Of course they have great drink options as well.  A fun one to try was their Angry Bomb, a delicious combination of plum sake and Angry Orchard Hard Cider.  Additionally, their location is ideal to walk up Ingersoll to any of the numerous night spots or take a quick drive or Uber to a concert or bar downtown after dinner.

Of course, Sakari Sushi also gets my recommendation because they support the sport I love, cycling.  I’ve raced for the Sakari Race Team for over a year and have greatly appreciated getting to know one of Sakari’s owners, Jason.  He is a great example of a business owner who embraces the philosophy of generosity.  He welcomes and teaches those new to the sport of bike racing and is quick to support many cycling events and groups.

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or just a hump-day, gather your friends and head to Sakari next time you’re in the mood to party sushi-style!

Photo credit: Donald Lund Photo