Blackie is a big ol’ friendly boy. And just look at that face! Weighing in at 70 pounds, this six-year-old Akita mix was surrendered to the Blount County Animal Shelter in Tennessee on October 3rd. His owner decided he could no longer take care of him. Because Blackie had spent his days kept outside, it was no surprise when he tested heartworm positive.

On January 6th, RADAR’s liaison at the shelter, Kristin Baksa, reached out to RADAR or help with Blackie’s heartworm treatment. “Unfortunately he spent too much time outdoors without the benefits of heartworm prevention,” Kristin told us. “Hoping this boy will find the forever home he deserves once his heartworm treatment is completed.” We agreed to help.

With the combination of Blackie’s age, coughing, lack of appetite, x-ray concerns and a fairly heavy heartworm presence, the vet opted to do a more cautious “split treatment.” His first treatment was on February 22nd, with the followup treatment on March 28th. Blackie did well and has fully recovered, and now weighs a 100 pounds!

“Gentle giant describes Blackie’s personality,” Kristin said. “He loves people and kids, but prefers to pick his own dog friends.  Swimming and truck rides also make him happy!” To see more photos of Blackie, click here.

RADAR paid all $499 of the heartworm treatment costs for Blackie.

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

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

UPDATE! Blackie has been adopted! We were told, “His foster brought him in for shots today. While she was here, another couple came in, met Blackie and fell in love with him!”

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Andy’s Safe Haven Fund, in memory of Ginnie Freeburn’s dog, Andy; Rebecca Kuga; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Roxanne Stevens; Laura Jones; Judith Apy

Added on April 18, 2018.

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