“Chopper the Biker Dog” was a local celebrity in San Diego his whole life. The adorable Boston Terrier was a therapy dog that visited hospitals, hospice care, and homeless shelters to bring smiles to people’s faces. He often arrived at his destinations on a dog-sized motorcycle wearing a biker outfit.
But after many years of bringing love to the community, Chopper’s career came to a heartbreaking end. After battling many health concerns, Chopper passed away at 12 years old. He touched many lives and will never be forgotten by his adoring fans.
Many Years Of Joy
Chopper was born in 2009 and was introduced to Mark Shaffer at 16 weeks old. After only a few weeks together, Chopper began accompanying Shaffer on motorcycle rides in a custom saddlebag. Soon, the pup became known for riding on motorcycles, so when Shaffer registered Chopper as a therapy dog, he embraced the canine’s “biker dog” persona.
As a famous therapy dog, Chopper attended many events and visited places where people needed cheering up. Many people looked forward to his appearances, and he loved bringing smiles to people’s faces.
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“Chopper just has a lot of love he wants to share,” said Shaffer. “It’s not just the people we visit that are sick. It’s the families at these nursing homes and hospitals that need something positive.”
Chopper slowed down as he got older, battling Cushing’s disease and cancer. He had many vet check-ups toward the end of his life, but Shaffer realized that his furry friend didn’t have much time left.
Rest in Peace, Chopper
On June 28th, 2022, Chopper passed away peacefully in his sleep. Even though everyone knew it was coming, Chopper’s death was incredibly painful, especially for Shaffer.
“Chopper has passed on in his sleep. Pain free. On his terms. In my arms,” Shaffer wrote on Facebook. “R. I. P. Buddy. I love you. I’ll miss you. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you. You are free now. I am lost.”
For one of Chopper’s last days, Shaffer brought him to Studio Diner to enjoy a special meal before he passed. The restaurant ended up naming one of their meals “The Pork Chopper” in the Boston Terrier’s honor.
Shaffer said he will still post on Chopper’s social media pages because he wants to continue to volunteer and make a difference in the world even without his dog. He hopes people will be inspired by Chopper’s legacy enough to get out and help others. Chopper proved that a little kindness can go a long way.
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