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Burger King Gave This Terminally Ill Dog Free Cheeseburgers for Life

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Dogs don’t live nearly long enough. They leave us wanting more time with them, but even though watching them in their final days can be heartbreaking, it also provides the opportunity to make their last days some of their best.

One family in Toledo, Ohio, recently found out that their beloved 10-year-old dog, Cody, a Labrador/boxer mix they’d adopted at just 8 weeks old, had developed terminal aggressive bone cancer.

Obviously, they were crushed, but owner Lynn Morris knew how she wanted to approach this heartbreaking news.

“I thought, ‘If I were a dog, what would be on my bucket list?’” she told WTOL.

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“About two months ago, my 10 year old dog named Cody was diagnosed with cancer,” Morris’ son, Alec Karcher, tweeted. “He was given about 1-3 months to live depending on how fast the cancer spread. My family and I were heartbroken by the news, but we decided we wanted to try and make the last part of his life the best we could.”

Like any good pet owners, Cody’s family had ensured he was on a proper, healthy diet, but now they wanted him to enjoy himself a bit more, so they decided to give him a daily burger.

“Everyday since we found out, we’ve gotten him a plain cheeseburger to eat with his many medications to make it easier and more enjoyable for him,” Karcher said.

Most of the time, they prepared it themselves, but one Sunday, Morris and her fiancé decided to get a plain burger from Burger King for Cody’s supper.

That stop at Burger King changed everything, as Karcher explained in his tweet.

“Today, when we stopped at Burger King to get his daily burger, one of the employees nicely asked why we were getting a plain cheeseburger, and we told her Cody’s story. She immediately asked us to wait a second after she gave us our food.

“A few minutes later, she returned after talking to her manager. She asked us for a name, and said that the rest of the cheeseburgers for Cody would be free at their location.

“I can’t explain how much that means to us, and my family and I are beyond appreciative. S/o to the employees at the Burger King on Alexis Rd in Toledo, OH for being the best around.”

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Ashley, the employee, and Josie, the manager, have made waves with their act of kindness. The Burger King Twitter account even responded to Karcher’s tweet writing “the world needs more kindness and empathy. thank you for giving us the chance to do this for Cody.”

“He’s such a loyal dog,” Morris said. “We call him ‘our old gentleman’ because of how he looks out for us. He’s the ideal companion.”

She also took the opportunity to urge people to adopt, saying, “They turn out to be the best companions.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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