Gladys is derived from a Welsh name meaning a “royal princess.” Gladys, a seven-year-old Shepherd mix, lives up to that name with her black velvet coat and stately ways. Her owner brought her to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on January 29th, claiming Gladys could not be kept inside a fence. Gladys impressed the shelter volunteers with her gentle and soft ways, quietly pleading for help to get out of the shelter. Gladys had more than one deterrent to her being rescued, as she is a black dog, a senior and tested positive for heartworms. Gladys waited and waited for a chivalrous rescue to come to her aid.

Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, requested RADAR’s help for Gladys on April 17th. Caring For Creatures rescue in Virginia wanted to rescue this ‘princess’ if she could first be treated for heartworms. RADAR has a special love for seniors and we agreed to assist Gladys. Gladys finished her heartworm treatment on April 21st.

Susan met Gladys and interviewed her, kindly translating her story. “I am SO into my person. I can never get enough time hanging out with humans. I adore them. They are all my super-best, immediate friends. I give new friends very gentle and long hugs when we meet. I do okay meeting other dogs. I do not react to them but will let out a low growl of warning if they get too close. I can nicely walk near other dogs and I happily ignore them as I am focusing on and, yes, am all about my person. Although I am a large framed gal and a good size at 55 pounds, I am incredibly easy to manage. Doting and very affectionate and tenderly loving, folks all say I will make an incredible companion pet. And that’s what it’s all about isn’t it? Having a good friend to hang by your side and keep your company. I could be that dog for you!” Be sure to view more photos in Gladys’s gallery.

RADAR paid all $301 of the heartworm treatment costs for Gladys.

UPDATE! All funds for Gladys 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 Gladys:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($50); Black Dog Fund ($50); Kathy O

If you are interested in adopting Gladys, please contact Caring for Creatures.

Added on May 3, 2020.

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