The only prior information known about Johnny is that his owner passed-away, no family members wanted him, and he was brought to a shelter. He is now in the care of Italian Greyhound Place. After entering rescue, Johnny had a mast cell tumor diagnosed and removed (he also had a dental cleaning) – there is additional information below.
Johnny, who is estimated by a veterinarian to be seven to eight years old, weighs approximately thirteen pounds and has gained confidence since leaving the shelter.
He is an incredibly sweet boy who now plays with toys (will even play fetch with stuffies, bringing the toy back for it to be thrown), is gaining skill with treat dispensing puzzles, enjoys the yard (explores, runs for the fun of it, and gravitates to sunny spots), and loves to go on walks – he quickly learned loose-leash walking. He does not need to be right next to someone, but he does like to know where people are and does enjoy cuddling.
Very nervous of the few small dogs he was introduced to at the shelter, Johnny was also initially apprehensive of the other Italian Greyhounds here. However, he is now great with them and also less nervous when encountering new people. On walks, he will greet some dogs (and people), but will choose to stay behind someone with others.
Johnny does have a prey-drive and will chase small animals and birds in the yard and, although not much of a barker, he will bark if someone is at the door or, sometimes, when left alone. He will go into and stay in crates on his own when the door is left open – he will often choose a cushion in a crate, but is now also entering his crate for meals and treat-dispensing toys and is fine with the door being closed. When being left alone, he will enter the crate and is content and quiet, even after the person (or people) exit the house, but sometimes he will, at various intervals, begin to bark, so crate training is a work-in-progress. Johnny tends to be nervous in the car, not barking, but making “squeaky” sounds. Currently, a small crate is being used - this has been a better approach with him than a car harness.
Although Johnny does not request to go out, he is housetrained.
Tumor Removal Information:
Johnny had a mast cell tumor (2.5 cm in diameter) diagnosed and removed in June, and also had a dental cleaning. The initial post surgery biopsy (tissue) results came back quite good, but since the tumor had an intermediate grade, or 2, on a three tier grading system, the oncologist recommended further analysis, which is currently being done, to determine if the tumor is a low or high grade 2.
Update: The mast cell tumor panel from Michigan State is complete - it included KIT Pattern, Ki67, AgNORs/cell, AgNOR x Ki67, and PCR for mutations in exons 8 and 11. Johnny has a KIT Pattern 2 with an AgNOR x Ki67 of less than 54 (27.74), a Ki67 of less than 23 (14.6) and no gene mutations. No further treatment is recommended, although he will be monitored once per month for six months, then every three months, and then at regular wellness exams. Way to go, Johnny!
Please contact Italian Greyhound Place if you might be interested in Johnny. (Listed 6/22/17)
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