Hear the tale of a handsome red-head named Bertie. This German Shepherd-Labrador Retriever mix found himself in the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on August 22nd as a stray. This three- to four-year-old canine was sweet but scared in the shelter. It’s a good thing he didn’t know that heartworms were inside his body or he would’ve been terrified. Untreated heartworms will kill a dog, and Bertie waited for help for a long time in the crowded shelter.

On November 18th, Home At Last Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania offered to take Bertie, but with the stipulation that his heartworms would need to be treated first before he could be transported to the rescue. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, asked RADAR to help and we agreed to help the same day. Bertie had his heartworm treatments on December 4th and January 14th.

We understand the following was dictated to Susan by Bertie, so it’s lucky she is multilingual! “Howdy folks, it’s me Bertie. I created a big wow moment for my new volunteer friends the other day when I started to relax and walk on a leash and smile. Since my arrival, the shelter has been a very scary place but I was finally able to see it’s not all bad. I cautiously met some new human friends and also made some new doggy friends. I’ll tell you, I’m really much better if I have other doggy friends nearby as I will closely watch them to see what they are up to and they make me feel much more relaxed. My human friends were all low-key and understanding of my need for things to go more slowly and I in turn was softly friendly towards them. Moving forward, I think a home with other dogs would be a great match and older kids might be okay if they understand I need some peace and calm to settle in. I have visions of myself in my new home on a soft, comfy pillow. Perhaps that home is yours?!” Be sure to view more photos in Bertie’s gallery.

RADAR paid all $450 of the heartworm treatment costs for Bertie.

UPDATE! All funds for Bertie have been raised! Thank you!

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Bertie:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Fulton Fund; Rebecca Kuga; Moosa’s Mom, in memory of Moosa; Ginnie Freeburn, in memory of her dog, Andy; Leilani Campbell; Connie Hardin; Tina Muncy; Karen Dymond

If you are interested in adopting Bertie, please contact Home At Last Dog Rescue.

Added on January 26, 2020.

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