Dog Spends Final Days Fulfilling Bucket List

UPDATED 04/10/2014 at 04:30 PM EDT Originally published 04/09/2014 at 02:00 PM EDT

Woman Makes Bucket List for Dying Dog
Riina Cooke and Romeo the boxer
Courtesy Riina Cooke
Romeo the boxer had never eaten a cheeseburger, gotten a pedicure or traveled in a cop car before.

So when he was diagnosed with inoperable bone cancer, his owner Riina Cooke created a bucket list for him. This way, Romeo could spend his final days living out his hopes and dreams (and, of course, bond with his owners).

"When I found out [about the diagnosis], I was in shock," Cooke, of British Columbia, Canada, told Today. "He watched me cry, and he would get upset when I got upset because he was a very sensitive dog. It took a couple of days to digest, but then I took him to the park, and we started putting together the bucket list."

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He crossed off 22 items from his list – including a U.S. visit, a ride in a fire truck and a blind date – before his March 16 death. "We were able to complete them all," Cooke told the U.K.'s Express.



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"It gave my dog the chance to experience things most will never get the chance to."

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The bucket list has made the grieving process just a little easier for Cooke, who ultimately made the difficult decision to have Romeo Put down due to his painful condition.

"I think it kept him alive longer because I believe it kept him happy," Cooke told Today. "He was just such a happy dog right up until the end."

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