A Chicago area couple adopted a dog they found outside a Walmart. Theo, the 12-year old dog, was in rough shape when he was found by Jenny Leech and her husband. Sadly, Theo had a terminal form of cancer when he was adopted. But the Leeches were determined to give him a good home.

“He has cancer nodules throughout his abdomen. The oncologist said he wouldn’t have long but would not put a number on him,” Leech said, “It was clear that despite everything crappy that had happened to him, he was happy. So we wanted him to experience everything in whatever time’s left.”

And thus Theo’s bucket list began. Leech shared some of Theo’s bucket list on Facebook, including getting a fresh butcher shop bone, ice cream, and a burger from a drive-thru. Soon, thousands of fans were suggesting bucket list items for Theo.

See the bucket list highlights on Facebook, below:

Source: Jenny Leech/Facebook

“People started offering bucket list ideas; someone offered to take him on a boat ride, another took Theo for a ride in his Mustang convertible… it was just amazing,” she said.

Since July, the Leeches have been hard at work making Theo’s dreams a reality. And people seem to get a boost from watching Theo be happy.  Leech said, “He came for some purpose. I think people are looking for things and ways to feel good, and he’s giving people that chance.”

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