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.
Goodbye Coco. You will be missed, girl.