COLUMBUS, Ga. — Chester, otherwise known as the Bucket List Dog, passed away this weekend. Nicole Elliot, his adoptive mother, turned to the thousands of online fans who have been following Chester’s adventures on Facebook to break the news:
“I have written and erased this post several times, because I feel like once it’s up it makes it feel so final. I am so sad to tell everyone that my sweet baby Chester has left this world. I am heartbroken, but at the same time I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I held him until his last breath and then some. I told him it was ok to let go, and how loved he was. He knew love. Even though my heart hurts now, the pain is eased by the legacy this sweet boy is leaving behind. He will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Chester was a sweet, little, mixed-breed who had been abandoned at a high-kill shelter in Georgia earlier this year. He was covered in matted fur and had many tumors. Elliot promised to give Chester the best finals days one could imagine.
“He has inspired and brought together so many people. He showed people how amazing he was despite his age, or the horrible illness he had. He is now pain free and running around with all of your babies that have gone before him. Chester’s journey with us was too short lived, but his presence with us will never be forgotten. Thank you all for loving him,” Elliot wrote.
Chester’s Facebook page had acquired over 80,000 followers, many of whom took to the page to send in their condolences.
“My heart grieves for your loss of sweet little Chester, but at the same time, it swells with happiness that his final weeks and days were filled with the love, compassion and comfort that all animals should know. Thank you for being his angel,” wrote Carly Chichester.
Kimberly Casserly Clungan wrote, “What a beautiful gift you gave him. Everyone, human and animal, should die knowing they were loved. Bless you for having the heart and strength to take Chester in and show him how wonderful life can be.”
Everyone truly rooted for Elliot and Chester.
Elliot wrote it best when she said, “I know without a doubt Chester died knowing that he mattered.”