Bocker Labradoodle’s Journey with Cancer
Today’s inspiration Monday is dedicated to our pal and one truly amazing therapy dog, Bocker Labradoodle. I had an amazing time visiting the giant Labradoodle and his mom, Marie, this past week. After hearing of Bockers diagnosis a year ago, it was so inspiring to see first hand how healthy and happy he is. He greeted me with his infectious smile, famous Bocker head tilt and undeniable positive energy. His strong will and perseverance are a true inspiration for anyone battling or affected by cancer. Now he’s on a mission to help end cancer for pets everywhere.
About a year ago, Bocker who has done so much for so many—from differently abled children and adults to raising money for good causes— was diagnosed with lymphoma.
He and his mom Marie are such caring and giving people, it was really unfair for such a hardship as cancer to happen to them. But the pair has proven they are unstoppable. After 25 weeks of chemotherapy, Bocker is once again wagging his tail and smiling.
See Bocker in our TV episode, Dogs Make A Difference
Cancer is horrible, whether it occurs in humans or our canine companions. But the link in curing both may be closer than you think. In a paper published on September 16, 2015, in Genome Research by Elvers et al, researchers successfully defined molecular subtypes of lymphoma from three dog breeds in comparison to the same human cancer.
“Working with the tumor DNA of golden retrievers, cocker spaniels, and boxers, we have identified genes with known involvement in human lymphoma and other cancers as well as novel genes that could help in the discovery of much-needed new treatment options for cancer.” – Dr. Jessica Alfoldi of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Once again dogs, who we so closely share our homes and lives with, are able to make a huge difference, this time aiding in our understanding of cancer in both species.
Canine cancer that takes way too many dogs too early. Malignant Lymphoma (tumors in the lymph nodes) is one of the more common cancers in older dogs. Help Bocker put an end canine cancer by supporting the new #CurePetCancer photo contest this November.
How You Can Help: Nationwide Pet Contest
Post your pet photos throughout November with #CurePetCancer (make sure the photo setting is public) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and Nationwide Pet will give Animal Cancer Foundation $5 (up to $20,000) for each photo published for pet cancer research. It’s a simple way you can help raise money for cancer research and awareness. End this disease that affects so many we love.
This past weekend the Pet Cancer Awareness Walk took place and it was a huge success! The Animal Cancer Foundation was presented with a $27,617 cheque for cancer research. Join the fight and lets end cancer together.
Love Bocker? Support his efforts by purchasing one of his pawsome products:
Show your pride in a Team Bocker T-Shirt. New design now out!
Chasing Bockers Tail: Read all about Bocker’s life in this book featuring many unseen photos.
Make 2016 a Bocker year! Order your Bocker Calendar at: http://www.bocker.tv/shop
Famous Dogs of Facebook Colouring Book: Coloring isn’t just for kids—it’s a way for anyone to overcome stress and get back to their creative side. Some people even consider it a meditative activity. That’s why adults are hooked on coloring books. Get your autographed copy today!