Nicole Elliot decided to take Chester the dog home from US-based shelter, Animal Ark Rescue when she discovered the small pooch was dying from cancer.
The animal foster parent wrote on her Facebook page that it was a tough decision, but she wanted to give Chester “normal doggy experiences” and to make him as happy as possible.
“I slept on it, and woke up knowing it was the right thing to do,” she told WTVM, a US television news program. “I knew that it would be my responsibility to make his final days the best I could, to mine and his ability.”
“I am trying to give him normal doggy experiences that he may have never had the chance to do before, and a ton of spoiling.”
She added that Chester had cancerous lumps all over his body and was heartworm positive, but “still so sweet and as perky as he could be.”
Ms Elliot wrote on Facebook that she was creating a bucketlist for Chester. Some experiences the US mother has already treated Chester to include: riding in the car with the windows down, eating a hot dog, a doggy sundae, swimming, and even an oatmilk spa bath.
“I am wanting to do a sort of bucket list for Sweet Chester and give him and awesome final ride. I am open to suggestions and ideas. Today I took him on a shopping spree, and gave him a soothing oatmeal milk bath. He really enjoyed the bath.”
In her latest Facebook post, Ms Elliot wrote that Chester had to visit the vet.
Chester’s story has attracted widespread media and online attention, with more than 20,000 people liking Ms Elliot’s Facebook page. She has since encouraged users to donate to the non-profit organisation Animal Ark Shelter.
Post by Chester’s final journey on Monday, 6 July 2015.
Post by Chester’s final journey on Saturday, 4 July 2015.
Post by Chester’s final journey on Sunday, 28 June 2015.