When Nicole Elliot saw a photo of a senior dog with terminal cancer on her local animal shelter’s Facebook page, she knew she had to do something.
The Georgia woman decided to not only provide a home for Chester the terrier, but also to make sure his final days would be the best ones of his life.
“Before I went and got him, I decided to do a bucket list,” she told ABC News.
Elliot adopted Chester on June 27 and learned that the senior dog had undergone surgery to remove some of his tumors, but more had turned up. The dog’s owners had surrendered him to a high-kill shelter, and Animal Ark Rescue took Chester in before he could be euthanized.
In addition to cancer, Chester is also tested positive for heartworm, and veterinarians aren’t sure how much time he has left.
But regardless of how many days or weeks remain, Elliot is determined that Chester enjoy them.
Since his adoption, Chester has been to parks, eaten hot dogs and gone on a shopping spree for toys and treats.
“There are so many people that say animals don’t have souls like humans, but I feel like anybody who met Chester would see he does have a soul,” she said. “I think all animals should have a chance to have a happy life.”
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They Brought Home A Pet Rat, And It Formed An Incredible Bond With Their Dog. Meet Osiris And Riff Ratt
Osiris is a 3-year-old Dutch shepherd therapy dog that befriended a 3-month old rescued pet rat named Riff Rat. The pet rat and therapy dog don’t just tolerate one another they are real life best friends forever.
Riff Rat had a rough start, and was rescued at only 4 weeks of age in pretty bad shape. He was nursed back to health with a syringe and plenty of love from kind-hearted humans as well as Osiris the gentle giant therapy dog. Dutch shepherds are well known for their ease of training and obedience, but Osiris takes being a great dog to a whole different level. Osiris allows Riff Rat to crawl inside of his mouth and clean his teeth, and no one even worries that the dog will make a snack out of the little rat.
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