CHICAGO — Rescue dog Roosevelt, otherwise known as Roo, has been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. That isn’t going to stop his new foster parents from helping him live out the rest of his days experiencing as many adventures as possible.
Foster parents Sarah Lauch and Kelly Michael adopted Roosevelt shortly after he was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. They decided to start a bucket list for Roo and a Facebook page, Live Like Roo, to chronicle his final adventures.
“I saw him relaxing quietly in his cage as all the other dogs were barking and jumping to get my attention,” Lauch wrote on Facebook. “He looked so sad and so weepy.”
Roo’s most recent adventures included massages at the Chicago School of Canine Massage and tacos from Taco Bell and Big Star. He even had the chance to swim in a lake for the first time. Next on the list will be a visit to the Indiana Dunes and a cruise with Mercury Canine Cruises in August.
Although the inevitable is always in the back of their minds, Launch and Michael say that Roo is so happy that you wouldn’t even tell that he was sick.
“We’ve known him for such a short time, we’ve adopted him and he is part of our family,” said Launch.
Since Roo’s Facebook page has become popular, Lauch has been receiving many messages of support and offers. Followers have been posting photos of their dogs with signs that read #LiveLikeRoo. Others have been donating gifts, cards, treats and Roo’s favorite toys.