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Boston Marathon canine, Spencer, honored with portrait

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IMAGE BEFORE THIS YEAR’S RACE. HE’S INSPIRED THOUSANDS OF MARATHON RUNNERS, WITH HIS SMILE. HIS FLAGS. AND HIS DETERMINATION TO CHEER THEM ON IN ANY CONDITION. [APPLAUSE] >> NOW SPENCER THE MARATHON DOG IS BEING REMEMBERED WITH A MASSIVE PORTRAIT. HONOR THE OFFICIAL DOG ​​OF THE BOSTON MARATHON. >> HE’S TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES. AND WE WERE EXTREMELY LUCKY TO HAVE HIM. >> FOR SPENCER’S HUMAN RICHARD POWERS, WHO COMMISSIONED THE PAINTING TODAY IS A BEAUTIFUL BUT ALSO TRAGIC DAY. BECAUSE AFTER SURVIVING A NEAR-RUPTURE OF A BENIGN TUMOR 2020 AND BEATING CANCER THE VERY NEXT YEAR TODAY SPENCER’S FAMILY IS SHARING PUBLICLY THAT THE 13-YEAR-OLD GOLDEN RETRIEVER HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER ONCE AGAIN. >> THERE’S A MASS IN HIS LIVER. AND WE’VE BEEN MONITORING IT AND WE IT’S INOPERABLE. AND WE DID TRY SOME TREATMENT. IT DIDN’T HELP. REPORTER: THE FOCUS NOW IS KEEPING SPENCER COMFORTABLE AT HIS HOME IN HOLLISTON AND ENJOYING THE SIMPLE PLEASURES. >> HE’S STILL EATING WELL, HE’S STILL DOING HIS DAILY ACTIVITIES GRABBED THE FRISBEE THE OTHER DAY. >> AND WHILE SPENCER’S FAMILY IS COUNTING EVERY DAY AT THIS POINT AS A BLESSING, RICHARD IS NOT COUNTING OUT THIS PUP WHO HAS BEATEN THE ODDS BEFORE AND MAY JUST PROVE THE DOCTORS WRONG BY BEING AT HIS USUAL SPOT ALONG THE MARATHON ROUTE THIS SPRING. >> YOU KNOW, TWO YEARS AGO, WE ALMOST LOST HIM IN 2020. AND WE WERE LIKE, JUST GIVE US MAKE IT TO CHRISTMAS AND HE’S GIVEN US 26 MONTHS. HE’S SUCH A FIGHTER WE’RE NOT GIVING UP HOPE. WE COULD BE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION IN APRIL, YOU KNOW, SO WE’RE NOT GONNA GIVE UP HOPE ON HIM. REPORTER: THE PAINTING WILL STAY AT SPENCER’S HOME BUT THERE ARE PLANS TO PUBLICLY DISPLAY IT AHEAD OF THE MARATHON AND THERE ARE PLANS TO SELL PRINTS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE GOLDEN

Portrait honoring Spencer, Boston Marathon-loving canine, unveiled as he battles most cancers once more

Spencer, a canine beloved for his lovable assist of Boston Marathon athletes, was honored Wednesday with a large portrait. It was revealed forward of the subsequent working of the long-lasting race as a result of Spencer’s house owners and the Boston Athletic Affiliation say the canine is going through a 3rd bout with most cancers and nearing his personal end line. “We’re sort of afraid that our boy right here, Spencer , he may not be right here for the marathon,” stated Spencer’s proprietor, Richard Powers. “Even when he’s with us, hoping that he is nonetheless with us, he most likely will not be in a situation to go to the marathon as he has prior to now.” Spencer grew to become an icon for holding his “Boston Robust” flag at his regular spot on the route close to Ashland State Park, whatever the climate, for 9 years. Sadly, he is sick once more and isn’t anticipated to make it to the subsequent working of the marathon. “There is a mass in his liver,” stated Powers. “We have been monitoring it and it is inoperable. And we did strive some remedies (however) It did not, did not assist.” The portrait of Spencer was commissioned by Powers and accomplished over 38 days by Pittsburgh-based artist Tom Mosser utilizing acrylic ink on canvas. Together with the portrait unveiling, the BAA gifted Spencer a commemorative 2022 unicorn medal, and the Fairmont Copley Plaza named Spencer an honorary Canine Ambassador. Final April, on the lodge, the BAA named Spencer the official canine of the 126th Boston Marathon. He made it to the 2021 and 2022 races regardless of earlier well being scares.”You recognize, two years in the past, we virtually misplaced him in 2020. And we had been like, ‘Simply make it to Christmas.’ And he is given us 26 months,” stated Powers. “He is such a fighter. We’re not giving up hope. We might be having this dialog in April, you understand, so we’re not gonna surrender hope on him.” The portray will keep on the Powers’ house however plans are being developed to place it on show forward of the marathon in April. There are additionally plans creating to promote prints to boost cash for the Morris Animal Basis Golden Retriever Lifetime Examine.

Spencer, a canine beloved for his lovable assist of Boston Marathon athletes, was honored Wednesday with a large portrait. It was revealed forward of the subsequent working of the long-lasting race as a result of Spencer’s house owners and the Boston Athletic Affiliation say the canine is going through a 3rd bout with most cancers and nearing his personal end line.

“We’re sort of afraid that our boy right here, Spencer, he may not be right here for the marathon,” stated Spencer’s proprietor, Richard Powers. “Even when he’s with us, hoping that he is nonetheless with us, he most likely will not be in a situation to go to the marathon as he has prior to now.”

spencer cheers fans in the boston marathon, oct. 11, 2021

Spencer grew to become an icon for holding his “Boston Robust” flag at his regular spot on the route close to Ashland State Park, whatever the climate, for 9 years. Sadly, he is sick once more and isn’t anticipated to make it to the subsequent working of the marathon.

“There is a mass in his liver,” stated Powers. “We have been monitoring it and it is inoperable. And we did strive some remedies (however) It did not, did not assist.”

The portrait of Spencer was commissioned by Powers and accomplished over 38 days by Pittsburgh-based artist Tom Mosser utilizing acrylic ink on canvas.

Together with the portrait unveiling, the BAA gifted Spencer a commemorative 2022 unicorn medal, and the Fairmont Copley Plaza named Spencer an honorary Canine Ambassador.

artist tom mosser works on spencer's painting. the other image in  the background is mosser's painting,

tom mosser

Artist Tom Mosser works on Spencer’s portray. The opposite picture within the background is Mosser’s portray, “A Golden Retriever on the Museum.”

Final April, on the lodge, the BAA named Spencer the official canine of the 126th Boston Marathon. He made it to the 2021 and 2022 races regardless of earlier well being scares.

“You recognize, two years in the past, we virtually misplaced him in 2020. And we had been like, ‘Simply make it to Christmas.’ And he is given us 26 months,” stated Powers. “He is such a fighter. We’re not giving up hope. We might be having this dialog in April, you understand, so we’re not gonna surrender hope on him.”

The portray will keep on the Powers’ house however plans are being developed to place it on show forward of the marathon in April. There are additionally plans creating to promote prints to boost cash for the Morris Animal Basis Golden Retriever Lifetime Examine.

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