Malcolm has a unique look due to his unknown mixed breed heritage. A two- to three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, he has the slim build of a Greyhound with a big, blocky head. He arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on November 5th as a stray. Not only was his past a mystery, but he also turned out to have a medical mystery, which fortunately was solved! Malcolm is known to have a gentle and friendly nature. Unfortunately the shelter found out something else about Malcolm: his heart was infested with heartworms. Since he was heartworm positive, his chances for rescue diminished greatly due to the high cost of heartworm treatment, not to mention his ‘invisibility’ as a black-furred dog. Malcolm sadly ended up on the shelter’s urgent list.

On January 17th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue contacted us about Malcolm. To Love A Canine Rescue in Pennsylvania hoped to save Malcolm but needed help with the expense of his heartworm treatments. RADAR agreed to assist Malcolm. Complications arose when, despite healthy meals and care, Malcolm was tired and kept losing weight, which was too low to endure the strenuous heartworm treatments. The veterinarian recommended some gastrointestinal testing. RADAR agreed to help with the cost of his January 19th testing for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) and giardia. The mystery was finally solved as Malcolm tested positive for giardia and started on medication to kill the intestinal parasites. Malcolm gained enough weight to have heartworm treatments on February 18th and March 17th.

Susan wants everyone to know about Malcolm: “Malcolm does not ask for much, but what he would most want to have is your affection. Turning my back for a nano-second, I could not have been more happy than to see him nicely perched on a bale of hay skillfully posing with his new volunteer friends. His new human friends would later tell me he almost seemed to ask them if it would be okay to jump up and hang close by them. Such a joy to be around, Malcolm is a happy, loving, pleasant sort who politely meets humans and four-legged friends. A well-balanced, easy enough leash walker, Malcolm comfortably explored one of our enclosed pens and when summoned, cheerfully trotted on over to see what was going on. Malcolm would grin and wag his tail if he knew he had kids to care for and a new canine friend with whom to share his new life.” Be sure to view more photos in Malcolm’s gallery.

RADAR paid all $705 of the tests and heartworm treatment costs for Malcolm.

UPDATE! All funds for Malcom 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 Malcolm:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Fulton Fund; Rebecca Kuga; Barbara Myers; Jennifer Siegert; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Karen Dymond; Gail O’Connor

If you are interested in adopting Malcolm, please contact To Love A Canine Rescue.

Added on March 29, 2020.

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