Duncan, at 76 pounds, is a gentle giant. A ten-year-old Shepherd mixed with fluff, he arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on January 30th. Duncan was a stray and came into the shelter with very infected ears. He had almost no hair on his tail and part of his hip area due to mange, which was quite noticeable due to the thick, dense fur on the rest of him. Most concerning of all, this older dog tested positive for heartworms. Duncan had a number of obstacles to his future health and happiness: a senior, a black dog (less likely to be noticed), and his heartworms. Duncan wondered if he would find anyone on his side.

Fortune and some kind people were on Duncan’s side. Home At Last Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania found a spot for Duncan if he could be treated for his heartworms first. RADAR received a request on March 10th from Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, asking if we could help. We agreed to help Duncan, and he completed his heartworm treatment on March 31st.

Susan met Duncan and wants everyone to know all about him: “Duncan is just about the nicest, most unassuming dog you will ever meet. In getting him out of his kennel, he gave us a double look like, ‘You want me? Are you sure? If so, I’ll happily and gingerly get up from my Kuranda bed and spend time with you.’ And so our journey began! Duncan is never in any kind of rush. He is a true slowpoke and is graced with a calm, polite manner. His coat is incredibly thick and it feels like you are walking on a levitating thick shag rug! Duncan did an excellent job in meeting both male and female dogs, active and senior. He gave them a bit of a nod of approval and kept slowly meandering along our walk. Very much a ‘go with the flow’ kind of guy, you can’t help but be drawn to this big fluffy fellow who will promise you a limp leash walk and plenty of quiet snuggly hugging sessions. He is a real head turner, so be prepared for folks to pretend to want to meet you when you are out and about with him. The reality is that they will wish to check out this large and furry guy and you are simply someone holding his leash!” Be sure to view more photos in Duncan’s gallery.

RADAR paid all $405 of the heartworm treatment costs for Duncan.

UPDATE! All funds for Duncan 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! Duncan has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Maggi Berwind-Dart; Brian Mertz; Beth Higgins; Anonymous; Linda Ferrell

Added on April 12, 2020.

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