Canine Cancer Superhero Zooms Toward Victory Today at Westminster

Bug is a cancer survivor and canine athlete

Bug (left) is a cancer survivor and canine athlete

Today, cancer survivor/thriver Bug, will compete at The 1st Annual Masters Agility Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 138th Annual Dog Show.

After recovering from the removal of a mast cell tumor on her shoulder discovered during massage therapy, Bug’s abilities as a canine athlete haven’t been impacted.

“It took her a few months to recover; she had a lot of adhesions under the skin. But it hasn’t affected her performance at all. She gets regular massage, acupuncture and laser therapy,” said her mom, Mary Champagne, a canine physical therapist and agility trainer.

The American Kennel Club describes agility as an “athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork. Dog and handlers negotiate an obstacle course racing against the clock.” They call it “the most exciting sport for spectators.”

Bug, a rescue dog from Kentucky found on Petfinder, is one of 15 mixed breeds to compete for the first time since early days of the show.

“Westminster is a celebration of all the dogs in our lives, and that includes mixed breed dogs,” said Thomas Bradley, the show’s chairman in Reuters article.

Go, Bug, go! We’ll be rooting for you!

Read the full article at the New Haven Register.

Get updates on the competition on Facebook.
Bug was awarded fourth place. Way to go! — Ed.

Image by New Haven Register

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