In our ode to this older Smokey, we note that the traditional folk song “On Top of Old Smokey,” owes its origin to the same Appalachian region where our Smokey was located. Estimated to be eight years old and weighing about 80 pounds, Smokey is a blend of breeds. While he arrived as a stray at the Surry County Animal Control shelter in mid-December, he was well known by animal control. He had spent his entire life living outside and at the mercy of his neglectful owner. Although our Smokey was not “all covered in snow” like Old Smokey Mountain, he was filled with heartworms.

On December 19th, Mayberry 4 Paws, an organization that helps facilitate and find rescues for at-risk dogs at the Surry County shelter, reached out to RADAR to see if we could help with Smokey. We committed to assist with his heartworm treatment which, considering his large size, would be costly. He received his heartworm treatment on January 9th.

“Smokey is a wonderful, fine dog,” we were told. “Despite his rough life, Smokey still has an affection for people. He is sweet and friendly. He’s a very social guy with both humans and dogs. He has an old healed injury from when he was hit by car that makes his gait uneven. Smokey’s big and clumsy–a big galoot! He is calm despite his size and playfulness. His foster calls him solid and down to earth, and a good, honest boy.” To see more photos of Smokey, click here.

RADAR paid all $450 of the heartworm treatment costs for Smokey.

UPDATE! All funds for Smokey have been raised! Thank you!

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UPDATE! Smokey has been adopted, and his new name is Winston! We were told that “he is doing so well and fitting right in with the entire family. He’s getting up there in his years, and sometimes needs to be helped up when he decides to lay down on the hardwood area of the house, but his family is right there by his side for whatever he needs.”

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Casey McSnout Fund; Peggy Marshall; Elizabeth Lavoie

Added on January 28, 2018.

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