Sadly, there’s no happy ending to Bling’s story. Approximately seven years old and a Cocker Spaniel mix, Bling was admitted to the Greenwood County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on September 20th as a stray. Although a microchip was found on him, his owners did not reclaim him. Beyond needing immediate grooming , Bling had kennel cough and tested  heartworm positive.

Mary Lou Seymour of Shelter Animals Advocates and its Heart Beat Goes On program was able to quickly find a rescue for Bling. Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut was willing to take Bling if there was funding for his heartworm treatment costs. On September 22nd, Mary Lou asked for our help, and we agreed. After recovering from his kennel cough, Bling received his heartworm treatment on October 19th.

Unfortunately, Bling’s recovery from his heartworm treatment did not go well. On the weekend of October 28-29th, he had to be hospitalized and put on IV fluids for pneumonia. Even after that resolved, the vet detected an obstruction, but felt the best approach was to monitor the situation. “Bling was still eating but was very tired and his breathing was labored though he had no edema,” Mary Lou shared with us on November 4th. “He passed away during the night. Because he was an older dog, the vet thinks he may have had an underlying heart issue. We are so very sorry we were unable to pull him through. He was such a very nice dog.” Heart problems are not uncommon in Cocker Spaniels. To see more photos of Bling, click here.

RADAR paid all $276 of the heartworm treatment costs for Bling.

UPDATE Bling crossed the Rainbow Bridge on November 4, 2017. Rest in peace, Bling.

UPDATE! All funds for Bling 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 in memory of Bling:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($50); Linda Siegert; Anonymous

Added on November 4, 2017.

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