Goodbye Coco

I received a very sad phone call this afternoon.  A good friend called to tell me she and her husband had to say goodbye to their ten-year old Boxer, Coco, this morning.  My heart hurts for them.

Coco was the sweetest dog.  She was such a good dog and there wasn’t a mean bone anywhere in that dog’s body.  I know they will miss her.  I will miss her too.  I’ll especially miss the way she enthusiastically greeted me each time I went to my friends’ house.  I always got tickled at how she wiggled her butt and entire little body along with her wagging little stub of a tail.  She could hardly contain herself.  Such love she always showed.

Coco had recently been diagnosed with a large tumor in her lung.  Unfortunately, cancer is very common in this breed. It’s the number one cause of death in Boxers.  Boxers have an extraordinary high risk of tumor formation, both benign and malignant.  I had a professor in veterinary school who used to refer to Boxers as “little cancer factories.” Another professor told us to think cancer in any ill Boxer over the age of 8 unless proven otherwise.  Coco had a history of Mast Cell tumors which are very common in Boxers.  This was the third Boxer my friends had owned and all three developed cancer.  One developed hemangiosarcoma.  One developed a brain tumor, and Coco had lung cancer.

Coco’s owner once told me she’d rather stick a needle in her eye than have to euthanize a dog.  I know just what she meant.  I feel the same way.  It’s absolutely one of the hardest decisions a pet owner will ever have to make.   I pray God will comfort my friends’ sad hearts tonight and in the coming days as they mourn the loss of their beloved friend.  They gave Coco a great life and took such excellent care of her.  They loved her with a special love so deep and she returned that love tenfold.  Coco was blessed to have them and they were so very blessed to have her.


Coco and her brother Joey

Goodbye Coco.  You will be missed, girl.


About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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8 Responses to Goodbye Coco

  1. I am so sorry to hear about the loss. It is great that Coco lived a wonderful life and was loved by her owners and their friends.

  2. enitsirk24 says:

    So sad to hear about anyone’s pet getting sick and passing away. May your friends find peace to fill the void in their hearts.

  3. Mary Mangee says:

    Last October I lost my dog after 11 wonderful years together. That whole in my heart doesn’t seem to want to close. I recently got a new puppy and although I love him, I constantly remember my lost pet and so there is no replacement ever. My heart goes out to all of you affected by the loss of this wonderful pet.

    • Gail says:

      Thank you for your kind words Mary and please accept my condolences on the loss of your precious dog. May God continue healing your heart.

  4. It’s truly heartbreaking to say goodbye to a pet. I wish them a speedy healing of their hearts.

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