Veterinarians diagnosed Romeo the boxer with osteosarcoma — bone cancer — and mast cells. They did everything they could to remove the mast cells from his body and did so successfully, but determined the large tumor lingering on Romeo’s left hind leg was unremovable.
Romeo’s inoperable bone cancer left his days numbered. He had two choices: to live out his life with the usually day-to-day grunt or he could conquer and fulfill a doggie “bucket list.” And a bucket list of fun activities he sure did, with the help of his two human parents.
“I was just so upset for the first few days, I needed to do something to occupy my mind,” said Riina Cooke, Romeo’s human mom, to Express.
Cooke set out to create a bucket list for Romeo with things from getting a “paw-dicure” to riding a fire truck. Unfortunately, Riina made the tough decision to put Romeo down on March 16, but not before celebrating his ninth birthday in February with a big birthday bash, where he got to chow down on some cake.
Check out some of the amazing things Romeo got to check off from his bucket list in the photos below:
Who says Dalmatians were the only firefighting dogs? Boxers can definitely rock the putting out fires thing too.
After a tough day on the job, can you blame a dog for wanting a “paw-dicure?” Blue nail polish is definitely in.
Mommy Riina helped Romeo find a suitable date, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Romeo was a hard working dog. When he wasn’t putting out fires, he was chasing the bad guys.
After a day of chasing crime, Romeo enjoyed some quality “bro time” with his human parent, Jon Cooke, at a local pub.
Let’s not forget his human mommy! Romeo posed with Riina for a selfie at his favorite park.
Romeo celebrated his ninth birthday in style — with a red hot, fiery birthday hat that is. Perfect, because he’s a firefighting dog after all.
Romeo lived out the rest of his days in happiness and got to do amazing things, thanks to his human parents and those who helped him fulfill 22 things off his bucket list.
Cooke shared the fun activities she completed with Romeo on his own Facebook page, and inspired many others in similar situations to create their own doggie bucket lists.
“People are saying, ‘It inspired us to live out the last days with our cherished family members, four legs or two, and end happy,’” Cooke told Today.com.