Hoover has cancer.
The 10-year-old bulldog gained national exposure after being featured in a TV spot with his owner Richard Hudson, the Republican frontrunner in the 8th District Congressional Race.
A day after learning that he’ll be in a two-man runoff with second-place finisher Scott Keadle of Iredell, Hudson said he had to take his 10-year-old bulldog to the veterinary for chemotherapy treatment. Hudson and his wife, Renee, learned in December that the dog had cancer in his lymph nodes. Hudson said the veterinary caught the cancer early and it should be curable.
In the television spot, Hudson sits on his front porch with his dog and takes a shot at Congress and his potential Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell.
"Hoover here's a good watchdog. Our congressman, Larry Kissell, he'll let Obama run up trillions in debt, without barking one bit. Hoover consumes everything in sight. And Congress? Same thing."