Thurber, University of Redlands’ beloved mascot, diagnosed with cancer
Thurber, University of Redlands’ beloved mascot, has cancer.
Beth Doolittle, the bulldog’s handler, announced the news on Facebook Monday following the diagnosis.
“Last week, a vet confirmed that he has two aggressive cancerous tumors on his spleen and a mass on his heart. After the consult with the oncologist, we decided that further treatment did not make sense and that his comfort and peace of mind were the most important,” the post reads.
Doolittle said she will remain by the pup’s side to monitor the situation and to enjoy “the last of our time together at home in Redlands.”
His last appearance was during homecoming and parents’ weekend Oct. 27-29, and any further presence at U of R-related activities or games will be subject to his health “as the vet recommended that he stay at home to rest in a quiet environment.”
“He is currently stable and enjoying lots of boiled chicken,” Doolittle said.
Thurber, 8, is currently on his last year as U of R’s official mascot after university officials announced his retirement earlier this year and his replacement, Adelaide, was announced as mascot-in-training in June.
There have been no decisions made yet about when Addie will take over, said Jennifer Dobbs, university spokesperson, by email. Thurber’s official last day as mascot was planned for some time in April following commencement celebrations for the Class of 2018.
Thurber has been the university’s official mascot since 2010. He is the grandpup of former U of R mascot Duke who retired the same year.