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My friend and I met at our local shelter where we both volunteered to walk the dogs in February, 2008. I walked "Sargeant" and he was so calm, didn't bark much in his kennel and was so sweet. I couldn't get him out of my mind, a few days later when I came to walk the dogs by myself, I had planned on walking Sargeant but he had already been walked. I walked other dogs but before I went home, stopped at Sargeant's kennel to pet him. My friend and I volunteered for the Rabies Clinic at the shelter a week later and I told her I kept thinking about Sargeant. It was becoming overwhelming. I wasn't ready financially to adopt a pet but 3 days later I went to the shelter and adopted Sargeant.

Five days later, I took Sargeant, now Skippy to the vet. He was heart worm positive and I was devastated. I couldn't pay for his treatment. The vet tech at the vet's office use to be a tech at the shelter, she called the shelter and I was told to bring Skippy to the shelter hospital. I had to leave him for 2 days, I was so worried. Skippy was tested when he was found by the shelter for heart worm but the heart worm was not full grown and was in the window where they weren't detected. He was found in December, 2007 and I adopted him in March, 2008 so he had the heart worm for 4 months. The shelter didn't know he was positive but this explained his losing weight since he wasn't eating much and didn't bark much, he was sick. After 2 treatments at the shelter, I picked him up and the vet did another treatment later.

Had I not been so driven to adopt this wonderful friend, the shelter would have put him down because he would have been too sick. I consider it divine intervention. I'm so grateful to have found him.

Anonymous
Greensboro, NC

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