“O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our little brothers to whom Thou hast given this earth as their home in common with us. May we realize that they live not for us alone, but for themselves and for Thee, and that they love the sweetness of life even as we, and serve Thee better in their place than we in ours.”

– St. Basil the Great

Sir Skips-A-Lot, Skip or Skippy…

is a Rescued Italian Greyhound. He had a bad start in life. He was born March 7th 2006.

He originally was from a puppy mill. Then purchased by a couple. When He broke his front leg, he was dropped off at the vet to be euthanized. He was only 7 months old.

However, through the blessings of the Veterinarian Surgeon, Dr. Tom Broaddus, Veterinarian Dr. Susan Broaddus, the care of Vet Tech, Laurie Jarrett and all the staff at VCA Gateway Animal Hospital, Skip was given a second chance to live and had his broken leg repaired. He had a metal plate and a cast for 4 months and was named Skip as he skipped around the vet clinic. He tried living with a houseful of Jack Russell Terriers and a mixture of Border Collies and other Flyball dogs but that didn’t quite work out so well. So he went back to Gateway Animal Hospital.

It was at a Nor Cal Dog Training Club meeting that Laurie brought Skip to one of the meetings looking for a “quiet” home to help him recover, rehabilitate, potty train, socialization, overcome his many fears and learn to be a dog. After much thought, in the fall of 2007, Skippy came to live at our house at the age of 1 year and 6 months old.

He overcame and accomplished so much in his 13 years with his training, manners, potty training and socialization. He loved “Agility for Fun” Classes and especially loved the tunnels and flying over the jumps. He was very good at all the Agility contact obstacles including the Teeter Totter! Skip even did Canine Musical Freestyle (which is some fancy heeling and tricks choreographed to music).

Skippy’s Titles Included:

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen
  • AKC Community Canine (CGC-Advanced)
  • AKC CGC-Urban
  • AKC Novice Trick Dog
  • AKC Intermediate Trick Dog
  • AKC Advanced Trick Dog
  • AKC Rally Obedience Novice
  • AKC Farm Dog Certified

He had swimming lessons and went swimming in Shasta Lake when we had our family houseboat or cabin lake vacations. He came a long way through the years since he joined my home. He enjoyed sleeping under the covers, sitting in “his” recliner, hogging all the toys & sometimes cuddling with our Havana Brown cats.

Take a look at his photos and how can you not love this little guy with those big brown eyes! Skippy loved showing off his various “ear styles”.

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