Spencer, the Boston Marathon’s beloved canine fan and the official dog of the 126th edition of the race, returned to his customary spot along the course Monday after his struggle with cancer.
He became an icon for holding his “Boston Strong” flag at his usual spot on the route near Ashland State Park, regardless of the weather, for eight years.
The 12-year-old golden retriever has been through a rough couple of years. He had a 3 1/2-pound benign tumor removed in 2020 and doctors discovered a cancerous tumor about a year later.
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“He’s the regular guy who is fighting the fight. I would say there’s thousands of these runners who are with their own Spencer story, whether it’s personal, physical, mental or whatever. He shows inspiration that he’s still here,” said Richard Powers, Spencer’s dog dad.