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COLUMBUS, Ga. - You'd better grab a box of tissues for this one.
A terminally ill shelter dog is taking his very own bucket-list adventure thanks to an animal lover in Columbus, Georgia.
According to WTVM, Nicole Elliott recently took in the dog, Chester, from the nonprofit organization Animal Ark, which had rescued him from a high-kill shelter.
"He wasn't in the best shape," Elliott said of Chester, who is about 13 or 14 years old and has terminal cancer. "They bathed him and shaved away all of the matted, dirty hair. They found a very large tumor on his side and had it removed. Since then, they have shown up all over his body."
But for Elliott, it was love at first sight.
"I knew that it would be my responsibility to make his final days the best I could, to mine and his ability," she told WTVM. "I arrived before the shelter opened, and they let me in to get him. I fell in love the moment I saw him."
Right away, she planned several exciting surprises for the dog and shared them on a Facebook page called Chester's Final Journey. So far, Chester has gone on a shopping spree for treats and toys, taken an oatmeal bath, ridden in a car with the windows down, and munched on a Nathan's Hot Dog and doggie sundae. Next up? A nice dinner, beach day and birthday party.
"As long as we keep his pain at bay, and he keeps eating and drinking, then he will hopefully be home until the end," Elliott said.