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.”
Chester has had surgery to remove tumors, but more grew back all over his body. Despite the tumors, Chester still feels good, has an appetite and enjoys life.
“He is also heart worm positive. He is still so sweet and as perky as he could be.”
“I knew that it would be my responsibility to make his final days the best I could.”
“As you can see his favorite spot is on the center console. I think he feels like a king up there.”
Chester also enjoys hanging out with Nicole’s daughter Paisley.
“He doesn’t seem to be in much pain, but he is slow due to his age.”
“He likes his hair blowing in the wind, but his legs aren’t stable enough to stand and put his head out the window.”
Lucky for Chester his angel Nicole is making his every last day as special as possible. I think we need a Make-A-Wish Foundation for dogs so that more pups can have their last wishes fulfilled.
“It will be so tough to lose him shortly, so I decided to take the time he has left (which is undetermined, but not guessed to be very long,) and make it as happy as I can.”
Follow along on Chester’s adventures via Instagram.