One of the meanings of the name Edgar is fortunate, and that certainly turned out to be the case for this Edgar when he landed the job of being a mascot! Eight years old and a Hound mix, Edgar arrived as a stray on June 18th at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. But before his lucky break, Edgar’s future was very bleak. Not only was he an older dog, but he was also heartworm positive. Without any adopter or rescue interest, Edgar ended up on the shelter’s “Put To Sleep” list for August 4th.
On July 28th, RADAR provided an offer to cover the cost of Edgar’s heartworm treatment as an incentive for a rescue to take him. Meanwhile, Caring for Creatures in Virginia was looking for a mascot to meet and greet visitors at its sanctuary. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue and a volunteer with Caring for Creatures, thought Edgar might be an ideal candidate, so she interviewed him for the job! On August 3rd, with RADAR’s offer, Edgar got the job of his life that also saved his life. He had his heartworm treatments done on August 12th.
Susan shared this with us about Edgar: “I think he will be wonderful in his new position. We needed a gentle and easy-going dog who loves to be swarmed by kids and does well with other dogs. Edgar was just perfect! Since Caring for Creatures has plenty of Hounds, he is an excellent representative. Edgar is a guy who has surely seen the world, and is wise and understanding. With at least eight years of pet experience, this guy knows how to get the job done!” Click here to see more photos of Edgar.
RADAR paid all of the heartworm treatment costs for Edgar, which totaled $287.
UPDATE! All funds for Edgar have been raised! Thank you!
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UPDATE Edgar was taken to the vet on August 27th after he started limping. Sadly, x-rays revealed severe lysis of the right hip at the head of the femur and the pelvis. The left hip has severe osteoarthritis. Although the arthritis can be managed, there is no cure or treatment for the severe bone lose in his right hind leg. His foster Lea will be providing him with hospice foster care. “Edgar is the happiest, most balanced of all the eight dogs at my house, including my own!” Lea said. “Taking on another dog was not really in my plans, but I think Edgar deserves a chance to live while he is still happy and comfortable.” Edgar’s diagnosis came just one day before he was going to start his new role as a mascot at Caring for Creatures in Virginia. “It’s unfathomable that Edgar had come so far and gotten so close to a new life,” Susan told us, “but yet it was not to be. To say this is heartbreaking is an understatement.”
UPDATE! As of November 2017, Edgar is still doing great! His foster Mom told us, “I never expected him to still be going strong after this long. The vets told me his hips were terrible. But he still gets frisky every now and then. It was a good decision to let him stay. I always joke that my hospice foster is the most “normal” balanced dog in the house. He loves kids and tolerates the foster puppies. Loves walks and table scraps and digging!”
UPDATE Edgar passed away in his sleep on March 8, 2018. His Mom posted, “You were a good boy! Who would have thought when you came here 3 1/2 years ago as a “hospice” foster you would have so many good years left. You had such a good nature and you got along with everyone. When I think of you I will remember your goofy grin, and the way you defied all the odds jogging around the yard on your bad hips and, of course, the cheeseburger outfit. Run free (and fast) sweet boy!” He was affectionately known as Mr. Ed by many. Rest in Peace, Mr. Ed.
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Added on August 24, 2014.