Dying dog holds on to see owner return from deployment - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Dying dog holds on to see owner return from deployment

(KLTV) -

A dog battling cancer managed to hang on long enough to see her owner return from a deployment overseas.

According to Jennifer Ralston's YouTube channel, Kermie, an 11-year-old beagle-lab-chow mix, was diagnosed with oral melanoma just a month after her owner, Eric, was deployed overseas. Eric's family was devastated, thinking Eric would never get to see his beloved pup again.

Given just a few months to live by her veterinarian, Kermie beat the odds, continuing to beat the cancer. 

"As the end of the deployment drew nearer, hopes for a never-expected reunion began to creep into our minds," wrote Jennifer. "However, the tumor in her mouth was making in increasingly more difficult for her to eat or drink."

Jennifer says November, the homecoming month, was stressful. The family had no idea if Kermie would make it until Eric returned home. They fed her home-cooked meals, even hand-feeding her at times.

However, just twelve days before Eric was to return, the family found out his deployment was being extended indefinitely. They were sure there was no way the cancer-stricken dog would make it until Christmas.

But she kept fighting. A few days before Christmas, Eric made it home to Virginia.

"We received the best gift," wrote Jennifer. "It was all any of us wanted for Christmas."

After the reunion, the family was sure they would have to put Kermie down. But, she began eating and drinking again, without as much struggle. 

"Watching the homecoming video, you cannot even see the struggles of the previous months," Jennifer said.

Kermie lived to see her 12th birthday in January, but things took a turn for the worse in February. Kermie lost her battle with cancer on February 22, 2013.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Wife of Montgomery County Commissioner Elton Dean dies

    Wife of Montgomery County Commissioner Elton Dean dies

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:40 PM EDT2018-05-23 22:40:54 GMT

    Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean's wife, Lillie, has died, the commission confirmed Wednesday. 

    More >>

    Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean's wife, Lillie, has died, the commission confirmed Wednesday. 

    More >>
  • Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

    Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:43:15 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:36 PM EDT2018-05-23 22:36:02 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment.

    More >>

    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment.

    More >>
  • Pompeo: Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un

    Pompeo: Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:44 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:44:27 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:34 PM EDT2018-05-23 22:34:09 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington.

    The June 12 summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula - but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

    More >>

    The June 12 summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula - but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly