This old guy is feeling blue. He thought he’d found a new furever home but despite his sweet personality he is being returned to the county animal shelter in Ellington, Connecticut, because at some point he was bitten by a mosquito and now has heartworm.
I’ve had heartburn and it is terrible. I can tell you, having a warm place surrounded by loved ones goes a long way in feeling emotionally better despite the medical condition. I am sure the same goes for this old guy and his heartworm. He might not know that there is a worm living in his heart but he does know life has been better and I am sure he dreams of it being better again. No one can convince me dogs don’t dream because I’ve seen it.
There’s something about a basset hound, I’m not sure if it is their perpetually sad eyes or those long droopy ears but as soon as I saw his picture I knew I had to feature him on Seeking Love Saturdays in the hopes that I can help find him a furever home. The shelter has not assigned him a name, so I’ve dubbed him “Old Guy” out of respect for his years of friendship to those humans who’ve undoubtedly passed through his life and broken his heart.
This Monday, Old Guy will begin his last days at the Ellington Animal Control facility which is behind the fire station at 21 Main St in Connecticut. All Dogs in Danger animals are available for transport anywhere in the United States so don’t let his location be your only hinderance in bringing him home if he is indeed the furever friend you are prepared to love and care for til the end of his days. But realize, heartworm is a serious illness which is costly to treat and can sometimes be fatal.
Treatment entails injections and oftentimes hospitalization is required. Recovery can take up to a couple of months. The American Animal Hospital Association places the average cost of preventative for dogs at$5-15 per month, and the cost of treating a dog with heartworm at $400-1,000.Jul 19, 2013
Old Guy is not the only dog I have featured with heartworm. Jolly found her furever home despite her illness and I know Old Guy has a place waiting for him too.
If Old Guy is not the right companion for you check out other dogs now being featured on Dogs in Danger! This advocacy site features dogs that are currently scheduled for euthanasia across the United States. The link that follows is to a page I have created which continues to grow of animal shelters around the world. If you’ve read this far and are not in the market for a dog because your best friend is already with you, please consider sharing with me the name and location of the shelter you found your bestie at so that I can continue to grow this list!