Assisting Lesser with demonstrations is her own mutt, P-Nutty, whom she dresses in a black skeleton suit that is "not superbly anatomically correct, but does glow in the dark." These sessions have grown from an average of 10 dogs and their owners to 30, Clothier says, "because of word of mouth: People could see changes in the way their dogs moved and acted."
Each month Lesser examines at least 300 dogs and attends 10 clinics. She provides free care to animals like Danny—those involved in guide-dog and search-and-rescue programs—but otherwise her fees are $35 a visit for dogs, $60 for horses. Horse owners are charged an additional $15 to $20 for each stable call. Every month Lesser sees roughly 100 equine patients. Occasionally she will take on a cat, but felines tend not to be cooperative patients. "Horses always tell the truth, and so do dogs," says Lesser. "But cats, I'm afraid, lie. They pretend you're hurting them when it's the furthest thing from the truth."
As a rule the period between chiropractic adjustments is about a month, but Lesser often checks on a patient before it enters the showring or the starting gate. Kizzmet, a Doberman who lives in Patchogue, N.Y., hadn't won a show in two years of competition because, as Lesser puts it, "her tail was on crooked." Debbie Linbrunner, the dog's owner, hoped Lesser could correct this fault by adjusting Kizzmet's spine and toes. Two weeks later the Doberman won her first show. Over the past year Kizzmet has won eight of the nine shows she has entered and is an American Kennel Club champion. Says Linbrunner, "Everyone laughs at me because I take my dog to a chiropractor, but I believe in it. I've seen the results."