No, this isn't a story about a dog's last days spending time with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, but it is a sweet story about a terminally ill dog spending his last days in comfort and style.
Earlier this year, Georgia's Ark Animal Shelter rescued a dog named Chester from a nearby high-kill shelter. After bringing him in, Ark discovered that the unkempt pup was 13-14 years old, and that he had a tumor on his side. They performed surgery to remove the tumor, but more tumors appeared soon after. So when Chester was listed for adoption, the write-up called for a pet parent who could take Chester into hospice care. Not only did 24-year-old mom Nicole Elliott step up to the task and take Chester in, but she decided to make Chester's last days as wonderful as they could be with a doggie bucket list.
The list includes several items that I am jealous of as an adult human. Elliott told WVTM that, as of July 7, Chester "took a ride with the windows down, he had a famous Nathans hot dog, he had a doggie sundae, he had a milk and oatmeal bath (spa day), he went on a shopping spree where he got a cozy bed, bandannas, lots of treats, and toys." His bucket list also apparently includes developing a hearty social media presence, because he now has both a Facebook and Instagram account where we can follow his exploits.
Is that doggie friend picture above supposed to signify The Bucket List's friendship between Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson? Maybe!
In addition to making Chester's last days great, Elliott is also trying to raise money for Ark Animal Rescue to help more animals. If you'd like to donate, you can do so here.