You would have to be blind not to see the endless devotion in Walter’s little heart! This adorable eight-year-old Maltese mix was found on July 5th by Animal Control officers for the Dinwiddie County Animal Shelter in Virginia as he lay beside his deceased canine companion, whimpering and mourning the loss of his beloved friend. An apparent hit-and-run vehicular incident had taken the life of one dog and cost Walter the sight of his right eye; his left eye was already blinded by cataracts, perhaps due to an old injury. Although his fur was matted to the point of causing sores, his skin was beet-red from an extensive adult flea infestation, and he was now completely unable to see, Walter ignored his own suffering and stayed faithfully by the side of the now-deceased dog who seemed to be his last friend in the world.

Now Walter needed some friends who could save him. And that’s just what happened. On July 11th, a volunteer from the shelter contacted RADAR for help. We immediately offered to provide assistance offer as an incentive for a rescue to take Walter. Later that same day, Happy Endings Animal Rescue Team (HEART) in Virginia agreed to take Walter! But Walter was far from being out of the woods. His initial vet appointment and eye exam on July 14th revealed that Walter was infested by fleas and internal parasites, and that building pressure in his injured eye was putting his life in peril due to the high possibility of rupture and a fatal increase in cranial pressure.

The vet and rescue wanted to avoid surgery, if possible. Through medication, his eye seemed to be improving, but in late October the eye worsened. A follow-up exam by an eye specialist on October 30th reveled the following; “His right eye has to be removed. It is now giving him pain from the pressure. An old injury caused his other eye to shrink, but it doesn’t bother him. He is definitely blind in both eyes.” The rescue will be following through on removing his right eye.

From a forlorn dog hopelessly mourning the loss of his last friend, Walter has been transformed by his rescue and through RADAR’s help into “such a happy guy!” The rescue told us this: “Walter is free of fleas, comfortable around his foster home, and loves to snuggle!” To view more photos of Walter, click here.

RADAR paid the initial vetting and follow-up eye exam costs for Walter.

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

UPDATE! Walter has been adopted!

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 Walter:

Chloe’s SOS Fund; Mara Alexander; Tina Muncy; Linda Siegert / Collars of Hope Creations

Added on November 9, 2014.

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