Dog Owner Creates Amazing Bucket List for Dying Pup

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. [caption id="attachment_12314" align="aligncenter" width="570"]Dying Dogs Bucket List Riina Cooke and Romeo[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_12315" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Pup 1 Romeo celebrating his birthday in style![/caption] "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." [caption id="attachment_12316" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Pup 3 Romeo having his first taste of a McDonald's cheeseburger![/caption] [caption id="attachment_12317" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Pup 4 Just call him Captain Canine: Romeo getting to ride in a police car.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12318" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Pup 5 Romeo in an awesome kimono, ready to try some sushi![/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_12319" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Pup 8 A dream come true, Romeo becomes an honorary fire dog![/caption] [caption id="attachment_12325" align="aligncenter" width="590"]Pup 13 Romeo taking the helm of the fire truck.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12324" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Pup 12 Romeo having his first beer with Dad. It's ok, he's 21 in dog years.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12323" align="aligncenter" width="777"]Pup 11 Romeo and Riina spending some quality time together just goofing off.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12320" align="aligncenter" width="683"]Pup 9 Romeo trying to find a Valentine! Not sure about those paw cuffs...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12326" align="aligncenter" width="675"]Pup USA Romeo even made it to the USA! The Stars and Stripes are happy to have you.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12327" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Pup 14 Having a relaxing day with his brothers...both dogs and cats.[/caption] 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." [caption id="attachment_12321" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Pup 10 Riina takes Romeo to his favorite trail. What an awesome last few months for this pup.[/caption]

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

Griffin Shaffer

8 years ago

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