Podcaster Abbie Chatfield tearfully announced on Instagram that her beloved rescue dog Marco has terminal cancer.
The 26-year-old, who advocates for adoption, insisted that this diagnosis should not deter people from adopting a senior dog.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Abbie Chatfield learns her dog has cancer
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Abbie and her boyfriend, former reality TV contestant Konrad Bień-Stephen adopted an 11-year-old cocker spaniel named Marco in March.
On Monday night, Abbie posted a series of videos asking her followers for advice, after learning about Marco’s cancer while taking their dog for a teeth cleaning.
Sitting in her bed alongside Konrad and Marco, she asked her followers if “someone’s dog had cancer and didn’t beat it, but how long did it live.”
Through tears, she assured her followers that Marco is “still happy” and must be confused why they are both “sitting in bed crying”.
An hour later, Abbie posted a video from her bathroom, hoping her followers weren’t discouraged from adopting a senior dog after hearing the news of Marco’s cancer.
“I was just crying on the shower floor, but I don’t want anyone to see this story and feel like they can’t adopt a senior dog,” she said.
“Because I’m so glad we were able to get him out of the shelter, even just for a little while.
“He eats roast chicken every day until he dies.”
“We’ll see how advanced it is, but I just don’t want anyone to think they shouldn’t adopt an older dog because you’d rather they have that than die in a pound” , she said.
Abbie then joined her boyfriend Konrad, who she started dating in 2021, with Marco.
She said they decided to “stop crying as a team”, believing Marco could sense their energy.
“All dogs have to die eventually, and at least he has to die with us…many of you were saying after a few months or a few years of diagnosis,” she explained.
“It’s on his mouth and nose, we think we can’t quite cut it, but he looked good, like he was running around, tail still wagging.”
Abbie ended the video by explaining that the couple only learned of the existence of the cancer because they took Marco to get his teeth cleaned, sharing that he was “not acting weird”.
The former reality TV star broke the news of the adoption of her “new baby angel” Marco on March 22.
She wrote that the rescue dog has “had a tough life so now he is going to live a life of LUXURY”.
“He’s 11, so he was often turned down when people met him at the shelter because he was ‘too old’ (rude, he’s in his prime) but when I met him, I I had to take him home,” she said. .
“He’s SO PERFECT and he’s just an endless ball of kisses and hugs.”
“I am confirmed”
News of Marco’s terminal cancer comes days after Abbie was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.
The social media influencer confirmed the diagnosis on her Hot nights with Abbie radio show and also took to Instagram with the news.
On the radio, Abbie revealed to co-host Rohan Edwards that she had trouble sleeping due to her constant stream of thoughts and went through periods of “hyperactivity”.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW: Abbie Chatfield Reveals ADHD Diagnosis
“All my anxiety is feeling like I’m always behind on something, you know, like on vacation and you think you forgot something really important?” she says.
“That’s my constant feeling.
“[Being diagnosed with ADHD] is kind of like, I’m confirmed.
“There is something which is not wrong but which is different, which can be corrected.”
ADHD is a brain development disorder that can affect a number of areas of brain function.
Common symptoms include inattention, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, restlessness, restlessness, and difficulty sleeping.
She said she would manage her ADHD with medication and other strategies.
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