When Nicole Elliot of Columbus, Georgia, spotted a “Hospice Needed” sign posted by the Animal Ark Rescue about Chester, she didn’t have any hesitations about adopting Chester, a cancer-ridden dog.
Her heart went out, and she decided to let him have a lifetime of happiness within his numbered days living here on the planet by giving Chester the full experience that any dog should have.
“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.”
“He doesn’t seem to be in much pain, but he is slow due to his age.”
“So far he took a ride with the windows down, he had a famous Nathans hot dog, he had a doggie sundae, he had a milk and oatmeal bath (spa day), he went on a shopping spree where he got a cozy bed, bandannas, lots of treats, and toys.”
“As you can see, his favorite spot is on the center console. I think he feels like a king up there.”
She couldn’t handle the thought of Chester dying alone and unhappy, and she “fell in love the moment [she] saw him.”
“I knew that it would be my responsibility to make his final days the best I could, to mine and his ability.”
“I am trying to give him normal doggy experiences that he may have never had the chance to do before, and a ton of spoiling.”
Her daughter, Paisley, also tries to make Chester’s final journey to be as joyful as possible.
“He had surgery to remove some tumors. Soon after more tumors started showing up on his body. Today he has many cancerous lumps all over his body.”
“Out of all of that his favorite part has been any of the food and treats – he still has a huge appetite.”
“He likes his hair blowing in the wind, but his legs aren’t stable enough to stand and put his head out the window.”
“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.”