A dying dog, stricken with terminal skin cancer, is being treated to extra special activities by the people who love him. The dog, named “Vick,” doesn’t have a traditional family of his own, but he does have people who love him.
Vick has been with Arizona’s Maricopa County Animal Care and Control facility since last May. During his months at the shelter, his sweet personality has captured the heart of staff and volunteers. When he was given his dire cancer prognosis, Jose Santiago, the shelter’s public information officer, decided that a doggy bucket list was in order.
Santiago utilized Facebook to explain Vick’s plight, and to help secure ideas to help the beloved dog’s remaining time be the very best that it could be – he wrote:
This guy is not doing well. Time is NOT on his side. We want to make him even happier than he normally is since he doesn’t understand what’s happening. We want to help him with a “bucket list.” Maybe a ride on a fire truck. A steak on an outside patio of a restaurant. A doggie spa day. Maybe some of you all know of other “treats” before… Please if you can help make this guy’s time a good one message me and let me know. There is no need for a financial donation because it will not be necessary soon. We just want to make him a bit happier.
In short order, ideas and offers to help came pouring in. Among the special treats and experiences Vick will be enjoying are a day at a water park, doggy spa and a gift certificate which will enable him to enjoy a juicy steak on a patio.
Vick may not have a real home, but that doesn’t mean that he is alone – Santiago told Fox 10 Phoenix, “We want him to know that he’s not just another animal at the shelter, that he’s apart of the whole shelter family.”