Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 21, 2012

Cobalt — the coal mining dog — heads for veterinary care

GREEN VALLEY — During her visit with Cobalt, the coal mining dog, at the Green Valley Animal Hospital, Linda Woolridge found out that people have mailed contributions totaling about half of what is needed for Cobalt’s treatment, but enough to get him admitted to the Virginia-Maryland Region College of Veterinarian Medicine on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacks-burg, Va.

“When I went to see Cobalt (on Thurs-day), the receptionist at the animal hospital handed me several envelopes,” Woolridge said. “We had contributions from $5 to $10 and $20. The letters came from Nitro, Charleston, Pikeville, Ky., Helena, Ohio, Hollywood, Md., Welch, Davy, Bluefield and Bluefield, Va., and really, all over. It’s been a good response.”

Woolridge said that Cobalt has an appointment at 11 a.m. Monday at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She said Cobalt is scheduled to have a CAT scan when he arrives. “I have a sister who lives in Christiansburg, Va., so I can stay there for a while,” Woolridge said.

“We’re halfway there, and hopefully, he’ll be better,” she said. “He’s a good little dog. I took him some chicken on Thursday and he ate it all up,” she said.

Woolridge said that anyone who wants to help Cobalt can send a contribution to the Green Valley Animal Hospital at 654 Blue Prince Road, Bluefield, WV 24701.

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