updated 04/10/2014 AT 4:30 PM ET
•originally published 04/09/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
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.”
“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.”