Spencer The Marathon Dog Fighting Terminal Cancer


Photo: Courtesy of Spencer & Penny (Facebook)

ASHLAND, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A beloved dog, known for his annual appearance at the Boston Marathon, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Spencer the golden retriever has an extremely rare and terminal case of spleen cancer. According to a Facebook post, Spencer had the tumor removed and his owners were waiting on his doctors to discuss further options and what they can expect.

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“The vet said as bad as this sounded it there was a lot of good about it,” the post read. “We almost lost this miracle boy over a year ago and are so grateful for the amazing extra time we received with him.”

Spencer is said to be recovering and doing well. He is doing the things he loves like going on two-mile walks, playing Frisbee, swimming and going to therapy. His owners are hoping there is a chance Spencer will make another appearance at the Boston Marathon.

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“We are devastated & are doing our best at fighting back the tears while we realize our time with this amazing boy is limited,” the post continued. “We are constantly reminding ourselves HE IS STILL HERE there will be plenty of time for tears later.”

Spencer was seen at this year's Boston Marathon holding his signature flags in his mouth. Runners will often stop to take pictures with the pooch as they make their trek from Hopkinton to Boston.

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