Columbus, Ga. — Nicole Elliott, a mother from Columbus, Georgia, rescued a terminally ill dog from a rescue shelter a few weeks ago and created a bucket list of things for him to experience and enjoy during his final days. Elliott is hoping to fill Chester’s last days with lots of happiness and joy.
Elliott took in the cancer stricken dog just to give him the love, affection and care during the last days of his life (the time he has left is undetermined, but not expected to be long). Elliott got Chester from Animal Ark, a non-profit rescue, after she saw a post about him needing hospice for his remaining days. The rescue saved Chester from a high kill shelter in April.
When Chester was first rescued, his fur was matted and tangled and he was in bad shape. He had surgery to remove some tumors but shortly after, more tumors showed up.
Elliott has started a Facebook page documenting Chester’s final days. The page is also helping raise awareness about adopting older dogs and it now has close to 4,000 followers.
“I had to consider it for a while and decide if I could handle it. I decided it would be an amazing experience to take on,” said Elliott.
Over the last week, Elliott has been busy preparing an amazing list of activities and experiences for Chester to enjoy, not to mention showering him with lots of love and affection. Chester has been busy enjoying car rides, shopping sprees, oatmeal milk baths, special foods, special treats and playtime in the water. Despite being sick, the dog is still sweet and perky.
“This could mean so much for terminally ill and elderly dogs left in shelters. Dogs just like him. he inspires me and i feel so blessed to experience this with chester and the world! It’s important to spread a positive message in such a negative time.”