Burger King Gifts Terminally Ill Dog Free Hamburgers for Rest of Life


When a Toledo, Ohio, family learned that Cody, their beloved family dog, was diagnosed with a terminal cancer, they were absolutely heartbroken.

“He was given about 1-3 months to live depending on how fast the cancer spread,” Alec Karcher shared on Twitter. “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.”

The family adopted him when he was only 8 weeks old and he has captivated their hearts ever since. Lynn Morris, Alec’s mom, said, “We call him ‘our old gentleman’ because of how he looks out for us. He’s the ideal companion.”

To help their Boxer-Lab mix take all of the pills he was now prescribed to take, they decided they would hide them in his favorite treat each day: cheeseburgers. In a horrible attempt to be as cool as Mary Poppins, you could sing, “Just a cheeseburger daily helps the medicine go down, the medicine go down.”

So Alec and his family started making him his daily treat at home, but on Sunday, July 15, 2018, they decided to go to their local Burger King to buy Cody’s daily plain cheeseburger.

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One Burger King employee noticed something different about their order and “nicely asked” about it. They explained the situation and after handing them their order, she asked them to wait while she talked to her manager.

After waiting a few minutes, the employee came back and told them that the store would cover the cost of Cody’s cheeseburgers for the rest of his life!

“Thanks to Burger King for showing so much love and kindness towards my family and our dog, Cody. It’s appreciated more than words can describe,” Alec wrote on Twitter.

Other Twitter users quickly responded to Alec’s heartwarming story, commending Burger King for the kind act and wishing Cody the best.

Twitter user Froge praised the company for recognizing the unique love that animals give.

Evan Procaccini tweeted, “Why is Burger King making me cry at 7:30 on a Monday morning…”

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Even Burger King responded to Alec’s tweet. “The world needs more kindness and empathy. Thank you for giving us the chance to do this for Cody,” they wrote.

Both Lynn and Alec are extremely grateful for the kindness shown to their family’s pup in his last days.

Cody, we wish you the best. Enjoy the delicious cheeseburgers!

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Kayla has been a staff writer for The Western Journal since 2018.
Kayla Kunkel began writing for The Western Journal in 2018.
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