MYRTLE BEACH It’s a love story that looks as though it’ll continue for years to come.
North Myrtle Beach resident Louise Henderson needed to raise an additional $1,900 to cover the cost of an additional surgery and chemotherapy to rid her pet Labrador retriever, Tony, of the cancer that claimed his left ear.
She distributed flyers to friends, family and strangers and sought financial assistance from a New York-based fund that helps dog owners who can’t afford cancer treatment for their pets.
Henderson got her wish, and the money came in.
“Oh my gosh, I just couldn’t believe it. The money has just come pouring in. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Henderson, a retired teacher living on a fixed income.
She said a stranger offered her $500 toward Tony’s treatments.
The dog was scheduled for surgery Thursday morning to remove the remainder of the cancer from his ear canal. Between that procedure and the chemotherapy, Tony’s veterinarian expects the 8-year-old will live another one to four years.
Henderson said Thursday afternoon, the surgery was a success.
“He (veterinarian) got it this time,” she said.
Tony will start his first of six chemotherapy sessions next week, according to his owner.
Loris set for annual Bog-Off fest
It’s time for the 33rd annual Loris Bog-Off Festival.
It runs from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in downtown Loris. A car show, live entertainment and fireworks are all part of the festivities
The highlight is the chicken bog cooking contest. Loris Chamber of Commerce officials say 15 chefs will be competing.
School board forum set
The Horry County Education Association and the League of Women Voters of Horry County are jointly sponsoring a school board forum on Oct. 22, according to information from Elizabeth Weems, chairwoman of the League.
The forum will take place at Ryan’s Family Restaurant off U.S. 501 in Conway at noon. The following candidates are scheduled to participate: John Poston, District 8; David Cox and Ronald Bessant, District 9; and Jeffrey Garland and Levon Martin, District 11.
Contact BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301.