Bandit and Spice, both senior Chihuahuas, were placed with the Highland County Humane Society in Virginia in early summer. After having lived their whole lives together, their owner left abruptly, abandoning both dogs. While a neighbor was looking in on them every other day, their health had been sorely neglected and the dogs needed extensive vet care. A Highland County Humane Society board member, who was only aware of Spice’s plight, offered to take her home to foster, only to discover that Bandit was in the same situation. Fortunately, the board member took both dogs home to foster! Bandit is eighteen years old and Spice was described as being eight years old, although she looks much older.
Corena Huffman, Highland County Humane Society founder and president, requested RADAR’s help for both Bandit and Spice. It was unknown what the extent of vetting costs might be for this senior duo. These poor seniors deserved better and Highland County Humane Society hoped to make their senior years comfortable. Senior dog lovers that we are, we agreed to help at once. Both dogs had thorough exams and testing done. While Spice had more serious issues to deal with, Bandit had severe dental disease and needed extensive dental work, as he was in great discomfort. This would require RADAR to put its money where his mouth is! Bandit’s dental work took place on August 3rd. His dental and periodontal disease were beyond recovery, so he had a full dental extraction. It was also determined that his right eye was damaged from an old injury or uveitis, and not glaucoma or a cataract.
Bandit, in permanent foster care, and Spice, in hospice care, are both in the loving foster home provided by the Highland County Humane Society board member. Bandit is the more outgoing of the bonded pair. They spend their days snuggled in their dog bed together. The rescue is hoping that a good consistent diet and removal of his dental infection improves his comfort level and quality of life. Be sure to view more photos in Bandit’s gallery.
RADAR paid all of Bandit’s vetting, testing and dental treatment costs, which totaled $560.
UPDATE! All funds for Bandit have been raised! Thank you!
While RADAR is no longer asking for donations for our nonprofit, we ask that you check out some of our rescue partners and make a donation to one or more of them.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Bandit:
Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga Fund; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Second Chances Fund
Added on August 8, 2020.