We regret to announce that, following months of fighting cancer, Boogers had to be helped to the Rainbow Bridge today. For several weeks, he has lived at the vet clinic, enjoying the staff playing with him, waiting on him, and monitoring his declining condition. They knew today was the day to intervene. We thank them for all their loving care of this sweet boy.
His former foster (Julie) writes: We all knew Boogers wasn’t long for this world, but we wanted his final months to be the best they could be. I was Boogers’ foster mum for about a month or so shortly after he joined rescue. What a character! This little guy was unstoppable. Whatever was going on internally wasn’t going to sway him. And his disjointed rear legs? That either! Boogers had a truly indomitable spirit. He came into my household and was like, “Let’s go! Show me where the balls are. These steps are a nuisance, but watch me – and don’t laugh – as I awkwardly but obstinately shuffle right up them!” Having him in my home was a joy, and I relished watching him gain much-needed weight. There was nothing wrong with that little man’s appetite. Outwardly, he behaved as if there wasn’t cancer inside eating away at him. He didn’t seem it, but really he was frail. Unfortunately, my dog was unsympathetic and for his own safety, he couldn’t stay. I was heartbroken to see him go.
Buggers’ family surrendered him to us this week. Based on the state of the 10-year-old Bulldog, we were hesitant to share his photos with you until after our vet could do a full evaluation. We did blood work, several X-rays and an ultrasound. The vet determined Buggers suffers from hemangiosarcoma of the spleen.
The malignancy has most likely spread to his stomach, as well as his small and large intestines. The walls of each are 2-3 times thicker than normal. This is most likely what has caused his dramatic weight loss. The nutrition cannot be absorbed through the walls like it should. He also has an enlarged left kidney. This type of cancer also often affects the heart.
So we are placing Buggers on hospice care and giving him pain meds for his hips. What’s important is that he seems happy and he seems to still be enjoying life. As long as that is the case, we will continue to care for him. When the cancer progresses, we’ll need to say goodbye. But for now, our volunteers and vet staff will make Buggers’ final time on this earth worthwhile. He will experience love, caring and compassion because that is what he deserves.
4/10/18 Update: Boogers left the vet clinic and moved in with me this weekend, and things so far are going really well. In the beginning, he felt it was very important that any surface he encountered be marked with a Boogers smell, but I think we’ve moved past that stage.
He gets around amazingly well! Other than having a wonky gate (like that of the hyenas in the Lion King 😄), the little man gets around like any other Bulldog. He has mastered the steps on and off my deck, managed to jump on the sofa, and actually trots. All this, in spite of having no hip socket on one leg and not much more on the right. Amazing.
I’m told he loves balls, so I bought him one today I thought he’d like. He took to it straight away and can certainly scurry after it when he sees it in danger as I encroach. We’re still going through that 48-hour grumpy phase that Sophie Lynn seems to have with any new arrivals, but after tomorrow I expect Boogers will have himself a new friend.