Dog Owner Creates Amazing Bucket List for Dying Pup

Written by: Griffin Shaffer

April 12, 2014

What do you do when you find out your four-legged family member is diagnosed with a terminal illness and only has months left to live?  If you are like one woman from British Columbia, you create the greatest dog bucket list ever.

Let me introduce you to Romeo and his owner Riina Cooke.  Romeo was diagnosed with an untreatable type of bone cancer.

Dying Dogs Bucket List
Riina Cooke and Romeo

Instead letting sorrow get the best of the two, Cooke decided to create the ultimate Romeo bucket list in order to make his final days the best of his life.

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Romeo celebrating his birthday in style!

“I was just so upset for the first few days, I needed to do something to occupy my mind,” Cooke explained.

“I decided to put together a list of fun things for us to do together, for example, riding a police car and fire engine, having a steak dinner, professional massage, try sushi and to go on a blind date with another boxer.”

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Romeo having his first taste of a McDonald’s cheeseburger!
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Just call him Captain Canine: Romeo getting to ride in a police car.
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Romeo in an awesome kimono, ready to try some sushi!

Cooke documented Romeo’s adventures on Facebook, and soon Romeo became a mini celebrity, inspiring people worldwide.  “I hope by sharing Romeo’s bucket list on Facebook that it will bring light to other people who are going through something similar,” she said.

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A dream come true, Romeo becomes an honorary fire dog!
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Romeo taking the helm of the fire truck.
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Romeo having his first beer with Dad. It’s ok, he’s 21 in dog years.
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Romeo and Riina spending some quality time together just goofing off.
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Romeo trying to find a Valentine! Not sure about those paw cuffs…
Romeo even made it to the USA! The Stars and Stripes are happy to have you.
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Having a relaxing day with his brothers…both dogs and cats.

Sadly, four months after being diagnosed, Romeo passed on March 16.

“It was bittersweet, I had to let Romeo go,” Cooke said.  “We had so many great memories together but it wasn’t fair to keep him alive when he was in so much pain.”

“Everyone loved him, he was such a kindhearted dog.”

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Riina takes Romeo to his favorite trail. What an awesome last few months for this pup.

Cheers to you Romeo, smiling down from doggy heaven.

Romeo’s Full Bucket List

1. Trip to the first park where he had walkies as a puppy
2. Have breakfast in bed with dad
3. Have his first beer with dad at the pub
4. Meet a celebrity
5. Watch a sunset
6. Candle lit massage from mum
7. Have a ride a fire engine
8. Have a ride a police car
9. Spend lots quality time with my family
10. Have a great birthday party
11. Help out at an animal shelter
12. Eat a McDonalds cheese burger
13. Celebrate New Year in style
14. Enjoy a doggy ice cream
15. Have a steak dinner
16. Enjoy a full body massage
17. Get a ‘pawicure’
18. Go on a blind date
19. Eat some sushi
20. Find myself a Valentines
21. Have lots of doggy treats
22. Visit the USA

Hat Tips: Huffington Post and Metro News

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Written by: Griffin Shaffer

April 12, 2014

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