I took my Boston Terrier, Chipper for his wellness exam the other day, concerned about a pea-size lump on his abdomen. My vet, upon testing, found the findings inconclusive as to whether the lump was benign or potentially cancerous. Chip’s breeder also wrote me, “You need to have it removed ASAP because of the strong cancer history in the siblings.” I lost my little Poco three years ago to a fatal illness, the thought of possibly losing Chipper now is unnerving. But this post is not about Chipper. It’s not about me. Sometimes when you’re online searching for answers, you discover the most amazing stories of other people, who put your own problems into perspective. While I was googling “cancer, dogs”, I was brought to this story at Rainbowsbridge.com, an online site for pet owners who have lost their best friends. I happen to know the site well, since little Poco has her own special page here.
The story I’m referring to is Jesse – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever – Goodbye. The page was posted by a family member. Josh is a special needs young man with cerebral palsy. Jesse was his dog, whose life ended from canine leukemia. Josh surprised his parents, me, and more than 3600 other people with a beautiful, moving video tribute to his beloved dog, which has been uploaded to YouTube and can be found here. His mother mentions that Josh checks the website all day long to see if there are any hits and comments.