When Riina Cooke, from Canada, discovered her 9-year-old boxer Romeo had inoperable bone cancer, she was devastated.
“I was just so upset for a day or two,” explained Cooke. “I wanted to snap out of it.”
“I thought, ‘O.K., let’s make it a good experience,'” she mentioned.
And so, Cooke made a bucket list for her best friend, and has been filling his last days with adventures.
A few of the highlights until now have been meeting Bif Naked (an animal lover and cancer survivor), catching a ride in a police car (and howling along to the siren), and drinking beer in a pub.
On Thursday, for Romeo’s ninth birthday, he enjoyed a spa day, complete with a paw-dicure.
Cooke says the bucket list is as much about coping with her grief, as it’s about showing Romeo a great time.
“To me, he’s my child,” said Cooke. “I don’t have children yet. He’s my everything.”