My Dog, Skippy Needs Surgery

Skippy, my Italian Greyhound

Skippy, my Italian Greyhound


Skippy has a VERY LARGE hemangioma (approximately 4 cm in size or about 1.5 inches) AND REQUIRES surgical removal. In February, I received from the veterinary clinic an estimated cost ranging between $760 up to $880.
Because Skippy’s hemangioma is so large it often starts to leak and drip blood from a simple bath or from him cleaning himself to the point of it being a regular occurrence and I keep praying he doesn’t bust it wide open by brushing against bushes or something. So I really am in need to have this surgery preferably very soon hopefully within a few weeks before it bursts and hemorrhages. Skippy has had small ones that in the last 3 years that were treated with a natural Chinese herbal supplement which reduced the size of some and eliminated others.
Skippy's Hemangioma on March 21st, 2018

Skippy’s Hemangioma on March 21st, 2018


Here’s the link to make a donation for Skippy’s Surgery
Between 6-7 years ago, Skippy had 3 hemangiomas removed and all were benign. Then a little over 3 years ago he had 3 more hemangiomas removed and they were also benign.
Some hemangiomas can become malignant (which would then be called: hemangioma sarcoma) if left to grow unchecked. However, I have requested that a histiopath not be done this time to determine if it is malignant because I would not put him through chemotherapy or other cancer treatments. I’ve also requested that he not be boarded overnight to reduce some of the cost. The cost does include lab work to make sure he is healthy to undergo anesthesia and it also includes antibiotics and pain medications for his post-op recovery.
Other than this hemangioma, Skippy appears to be healthy, is still very active and is more confident as each year passes. In fact, this past fall, I was so proud of him earning 3 new AKC Titles: his AKC Novice Trick Dog Title, his AKC Intermediate Trick Dog Title and his AKC Canine Good Citizen Urban Title. Skip continues to help me as a demonstration dog in classes and pr. He is now my only dog. We had plans to compete in Rally Obedience at the recent Shasta Kennel Club’s Dog Show that was recently held in our area, however, because of his hemangioma, I have put it off for now.
Although I teach dog classes, because I am on social security disability, I am allowed to only work so many hours/days a month & have limitations on how much income I can earn. I have just enough income to get by. In the past, the veterinary clinic allowed me to make payments on services that exceeded my ability to pay. This is no longer an available option due to changes in company policies. This is why I don’t have the finances available for Skippy’s surgery.
Any help will be so greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your generosity for considering to help Skippy receive this much needed surgery.
Again, here’s the link if you would like to donate for his surgery or simply to pass the info along to someone else.

Puppy Socialization & Training Class Beginning Obedience & Family Dog Training Class!

Dog Training is More than Just Commands…

  • It is Learning to Communicate Effectively

  • It is Building the Bonds of Relationship and Companionship..

  • It is Understanding Behavior

  • AND Having Fun Together!

Classes meet TWICE weekly on Mondays and Thursday for a total of 6 classes. Each class lasts approximately 1 hour (Puppy class is an additional 15 minutes longer to allow for “puppy play time”).
ALL our classes include: skills to help your dog or puppy learn that responding to your requests is great fun and learning to focus in spite of distractions! 

  • Confidence building games and activities
  • Impulse control
  • Relationship building games
  • Building enthusiastic responses on and off leash

Visit this page for Complete Class Descriptions
I’m looking forward to having you and your dog experience fun while training. For more information please call Kathy, 356-8286.
Link for Upcoming Puppy and Dog Class Information!

Upcoming January 2018 Classes!

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“National Train Your Dog Month”!

So Join the Fun…
Bring out the best
in your best friend!

  • Puppy Socialization & Training Class
  • Family Dog Manners and Obedience Class

Classes BEGIN JANUARY 22nd, 2018… for link on complete class info and to send to a friend or sign up for future emails… click HERE!
Classes meet TWICE weekly on Mondays and Thursday for a total of 6 classes. Each class lasts approximately 1 hour (Puppy class is an additional 15 minutes longer to allow for “puppy play time”).
ALL our classes include: skills to help your dog or puppy learn that responding to your requests is great fun and learning to focus in spite of distractions!

  • Confidence building games and activities
  • Impulse control
  • Relationship building games
  • Building enthusiastic responses on and off leash

Visit this page for Complete Class Descriptions
I’m looking forward to having you and your dog experience fun while training. For more information please call Kathy, 356-8286.
If your dog is reactive or has any aggression issues, PLEASE, first talk with me, Kathy Dunn.
COST:  $100.00 (for Puppy or Family Dog Class)
DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE for the following:

  • Registering for more than one class
  • “Bring a Friend”
  • “All in the Family” (aka multiple dogs in one home)
  • Repeating the Same Class

Class Times:

  • 5:30-6:45 p.m. Puppy (Ages 10 weeks – approximately 4-5 months old)
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Family (Ages approximately 5-6 months and older)

Vaccinations Requested:

  • Puppies: DHLP-Parvo – at least first 2 sets, & Bordetella
  • Dogs 6 mos & older: DHLP-Parvo, Rabies & Bordetella

Classes will be held at:
Pilgrim Congregational Church
2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding, 96001 (park in back lower parking lot; it is recommended to find this location during daylight hours so you can be familiarized with location and parking lot.) (click on the above link for google map & directions)
Class size is limited to ONLY 5 – 8 dogs per class. This will allow for more personalized instruction.
EARLY REGISTRATION is strongly encouraged.
NO ONE who is NOT PRE-REGISTERED can just “show up”.
Please… Save your Place… REGISTER ASAP!
And Don’t forget to download “What to Bring to Class” info sheet… there will be a quiz the first night of class on what was on this info sheet!