Since their Parsons Jack Russell Terrier was diagnosed with terminal cancer this month, a North Carolina family has been scrambling to help their beloved rescue scratch various items off his bucket list. The goal, other than helping Jack enjoys his last days to the fullest, is helping other families struggling to cope with the loss of a pet.
The bucket list includes a range of dog-delightful events, including trips to the park/beach, daily cuddles, bone broth, “hose time,” a full-course steak dinner, and a family road trip with a stay at a dog-friendly hotel.
However, one item drew the attention of local police, who noticed that Jack’s diverse wish list also incorporated a ride in a police car. This led Lisa Kittrell, a sergeant at the Wilmington Police Department, to reach out to Jack’s family to see if the terrier would like to play K-9 officer for the day.
According to Jack Miller, a Facebook page that documents the dog’s final adventures, the terrier was a pro. Pictures show Jack and Kittrell riding in a police car, patrolling a local park and looking handsome in their uniforms. The day also included visits to the Police Headquarters and a 911 call center.
This entire ordeal has inspired the Millers, who found Jack, a stray, in Maryland 13 years ago, to open a “Make A Wish”-type of foundation for terminally ill dogs. There are “tons of awesome rescue dogs out there that need homes, will love you unconditionally and have a great life with you,” Jeremy Miller told The News & Observer, one of many publications to cover this heartwarming story.
“Being diagnosed with terminal cancer does not mean he’s dead already,” Miller said. “You can make the best out of even the worst situations in life.”
J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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