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Woman Adopts Terminally Ill Dog And Fills Last Days With Bucket List

Stories like this one restore our faith in humanity. Nicole Elliot, from Columbus, Georgia, adopted Chester, a terminally ill dog, and created a bucket list for him so he could spend his final days having fun and being loved, rather than wasting away in a shelter.

Image source: Chester's Bucket List
Image source: Chester’s Bucket List

Chester was originally pulled from a high-kill shelter by Animal Ark Rescue back in April. Elliot is a foster parent for them and had seen a post asking for a hospice-type home for Chester’s remaining days.

It was a tough decision, she said, especially since her grandmother had just passed away. But Elliot decided she, and her daughter Paisley, could make him happy for the time he had left.

Image source: Chester's Bucket List
Image source: Chester’s Bucket List

“I slept on it, and woke up knowing it was the right thing to do,” she told WTVM. “I knew that it would be my responsibility to make his final days the best I could, to mine and his ability.”

Elliot has created a Facebook page of Chester’s adventures, so fans the world over can follow his journey and hopefully be inspired to do the same for another dog in the same situation as Chester.

We finally went to Flatrock! Chester seemed to really like it. When I lowered him into the water he started doing the…

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11,000 people are following Chester’s completion of his bucket list, which as so far included car rides, spa days, shopping sprees, “doggy sundaes,”eating a famous Nathan’s hot dog, and of course, plenty of love.

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Even if you can’t adopt a dog like Chester, you can help by donating. Elliot has set-up a fund account for Animal Arks Senior Hospice Program. You can donate by going here.  What would you put on Chester’s bucket list?

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Written by Kristina Lotz
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