By Dr. Andrew Jones
Riina Cooke learned her 9-year-old boxer Romeo had inoperable bone cancer, and she was devastated.
She is doing something so very admirable and unique..
Cooke created a bucket list for Romeo, and has been filling his last days with adventures.
Riding in a firetruck, a police car, a spa day, a massage, a prime restaurant meal: ‘Keg Steak dinner’
Cooke says the bucket list is as much about showing Romeo a good time, as it is about dealing with her grief.
“I think he’s helped a lot of people in a similar position,” said Cooke. “I’m hoping our situation will bring some light to other people who are going through the same thing.”
This is a wonderful video she put together honoring Romeo:
Dr Andrew J
P.S. I love this story, HOW much they love Romeo, and how this helps Rina and her partner deal with their grief.
I vividly remember when my last dog Hoochie was diagnosed with cancer- you question why him, but want to value the time you have left. Hoochie ate whatever he wanted in that last 3 weeks, we were at the lake, lots of walking and peeing, and he slept in our bed.
It’s hard not to be cliched, but it is true- so often you don’t fully appreciate what you have until it’s gone.
Don’t wait until there is a cancer diagnosis, or other untreatable illness.
Spend quality time with your dogs, cats now.
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