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Firefighters Help Dying Shelter Dog Cross The First Item Off His Bucket List

Rocko’s story is a sad one. He was surrendered to the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) shelter in 2015 when his owner moved away. He has since been adopted – and returned – twice.

The sweet pup was recently diagnosed with cancer so his friends at the MCACC Mesa campus decided to make his final weeks as special as possible by creating a bucket list.

Rocko’s first wish? To take a ride on a real fire truck!

Rocko’s cancer was discovered when his most recent adopters returned him to the shelter because they suspected he was ill. He was being treated for skin problems in his new foster home when veterinarians uncovered the reason for his chronic dry, flaky coat and lesions – lymphosarcoma.

After months of treatment, Rocko is no longer responding as well to his medications and it seems the disease is catching up with him. His pals at MCAC created a bucket list of activities they think he will enjoy based on his fun-loving, outgoing attitude.

A visit with the Mesa Fire Department seemed like the perfect way to kick start Rocko’s adventures. Less than 24 hours after volunteers reached out to them, the MFD came through with a special truck ride for the ailing pooch.

Rocko checks the first item off his bucket list!

Posted by Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) – Adopt at on Friday, January 13, 2017

As you can see, Rocko couldn’t wait to climb aboard and get acquainted with his role models at the Mesa Fire Department! The entire community rallied around Rocko, and he got to fill his last days with fun experiences!

He was student of the day at a local elementary school:

He got to report the weather with the Fox 10 Phoenix news team:

Weather with Ty and Rocko! For those who don't know, Rocko was a long-time MC Animal Care shelter resident who was adopted and returned several times. Upon his last return to the shelter, we discovered that the had terminal cancer. Thanks to our friends at Creative Contributions., Rocko is getting chemotherapy medication and is currently in a foster home. Rocko will not recover from this illness, so we create a Bucket List for him. Today's item was doing weather at FOX 10 Phoenix with Ty Brennan FOX 10 News.

Posted by Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) – Adopt at on Sunday, March 5, 2017

He got an invitation from the Chicago Cubs to play at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ:

**ROCKO'S BUCKET LIST**Special thanks to our friends the Chicago Cubs for allowing Rocko to cross off another bucket list item today! We were given special access to the field so that Rocko could run the bases at Sloan Park in Mesa. Rocko had a blast! ABC15 Arizona FOX 10 Phoenix3TV PhoenixCBS 5 AZ – KPHO12 News azcentral

Posted by Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) – Adopt at on Monday, January 30, 2017

Aside from these amazing days, Rocko there were several others, and he got to soak up the love from his supporters in the community. On December 5th 2017, Rocko passed away. An organization that helped contribute to his medical care made a touching announcement to those who loved him on Facebook:

The capacity of the heart has always been a mystery. How much love can it truly hold? How many times can it break…

Posted by Creative Contributions. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thank you to the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and all their supporters for making Rocko’s last days so amazing!

Featured Image via Facebook/Maricopa County Animal Care & Control


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Written by Dina Fantegrossi
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