Nicole Elliot is a true hero according to Chester, a super sweet dog diagnosed with incurable cancer. Despite his deadly diagnoses, Nicole adopted Eliot from Animal Ark Rescue, which had saved him from a high kill shelter before finding out he had cancer.
When Elliot saw the animal shelter posting for “hospice needed” she knew she had to have the dog. She simply couldn’t stand the thought of him dying alone. She says, “I fell in love the moment I saw him.” So she adopted Chester and created a bucket list for him.
In an interview with WTVM Elliot explained, “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. 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.”
Nicole has turned him into an entirely new dog. Before poor Chester was a mangled mess, but after a good grooming and haircut he looks completely different—like a true gentleman.
Chester has had surgery to remove tumors, but more grew back all over his body. Despite the tumors, Chester still feels good, has an appetite and enjoys life.
“He is also heart worm positive. He is still so sweet and as perky as he could be.”
“I knew that it would be my responsibility to make his final days the best I could.”
“As you can see his favorite spot is on the center console. I think he feels like a king up there.”
Chester also enjoys hanging out with Nicole’s daughter Paisley.
So many dogs are getting cancer these days. My six-year-old golden retriever currently has lymphoma cancer; she was only five when she was diagnosed. Thanks to a great oncologist she’s still alive and strong, but you never know how long you’ll get so we treat everyday as a gift.
Just because your pet has cancer doesn’t mean they feel or look sick, and they still want to have a good time. Just look at Chester, “Out of all of that his favorite part has been any of the food and treats – he still has a HUGE appetite.”