For many, when our pets get sick, it is like our children getting sick; but what happens when you cannot afford a big vet bill?
A local dog owner knows what it feels like to be in that situation, and she is turning to other dog lovers to help her out.
Catherine Stewart got Noah, a Siberian Husky, about two years ago.
"I originally got him as a thoroughbred dog for my grandpa, who had a heart attack last year," Stewart said. "So he's not just special to me, it has special meaning for grandpa as well. I named him in honor of my grandpa."
As a dog groomer at Dog House Pet Shop & Grooming, Stewart takes care of animals for a living. So you can imagine, when her own dog got sick, she jumped to action.
Noah is in need of surgery to remove a piece of a towel he swallowed a few days ago.
"He got ahold of a towel hanging on a clothesline," Stewart said. "Tore it up and swallowed a few pieces."
A few days later, Noah stopped eating. That's when Stewart knew something was wrong.
"I had to get him to the vet to find out what's going on," Stewart said. "They told me he has piece of towel in him they had to get out."
Noah's surgery will cost hundreds of dollars, money Stewart doesn't have. So she's offering her services at a reduced rate: $10 for a bath, $20 for full service grooming. She hopes customers will donate whatever they can so she can pay for Noah's surgery.
"He has days where he's real mellow," Stewart said. "He's excited to see other people, and he'll show it. He's a trooper. It hurts every time he gets up."
Stewart said she hopes to raise $600-700, which is about how much the surgery will cost. If you would like to help, you can stop by the Dog House at 4237 South Alameda Street.
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