Losing a pet can be devastating. Over their short lives they become family members and provide comfort in difficult times. In exchange, we try to give them good lives. Vermont couple Cynthia and Robert Peterson decided to do something special for their six-year-old dog Finn.
Stitch shared with us the bittersweet way a family is saying goodbye to their beloved pet.
This is Finn. He is extremely playful and loves to play fetch. His energy hides the fact that his days are numbered. https://t.co/2b9J0rxNhk— Stitch (@Stitch)1540928692.0
They explained that Finn recently got a cancer diagnosis.
Finn was diagnosed with cancer back in May, but his family is doing something very special to make his final days a… https://t.co/X2BGkTFAir— Stitch (@Stitch)1540928692.0
Cynthia told the BBC:
"We've turned a devastating experience into an empowering one. We've made friends with people globally whose dogs also have cancer."
She also explained:
"He helped me through the grief when my dad died and now he's dying of cancer, too. It's a hard blow but really powerful to look back at how he got me through those times and now I'm going to help him."
Finn has not responded to chemotherapy and is estimated to only have six to eight weeks left to live. Cynthia is planning to write a children's book in his memory. They've also been processing their grief by interacting with other pet owners who've lost their beloved animals to cancer using the hashtag #CanineCancerWarrior.
We got a glimpse into the Peterson's life with Finn.
Their main mission is to keep him comfortable and happy! https://t.co/9aBMUYtMaK— Stitch (@Stitch)1540928693.0
They even shared some of the things on the bucket list.
Some of his activities included riding in a hot air ballon and chowing down on a steak dinner. https://t.co/TJnq5ban7e— Stitch (@Stitch)1540928693.0
And his humans explained the gifts Finn gave them.
A powerful message that Finn will leave behind 💛 https://t.co/iiLXnfHa8h— Stitch (@Stitch)1540928694.0
People were touched.
@KristinaLuca 😭😭😭😭 I just gave my dog the biggest hug/kiss and he looked at me like... stop mom, you’re embarrassing me.— Sasha Norgaard (@Sasha Norgaard)1540932971.0
@De_Sasha LOVE HIM WITH ALL YOU HAVE— Kristina Lucarelli 😑 (@Kristina Lucarelli 😑)1540933406.0
@BBCWorld What a good doggo (and good people). 💙🐶— ‘Stone Cold’ Kevin McCallister (@‘Stone Cold’ Kevin McCallister)1539417018.0
@BBCWorld @BBCNews I’m do sorry to hear ur dog has cancer, my Labrador has just come back today as he has a lump on… https://t.co/p170nwluvI— John (@John)1539459493.0
@BBCWorld No, I can’t cope with this story. Breaking my heart. I lost my Goldie to a brain tumour when he was only… https://t.co/Q7VW60PfMU— Grumps 1984 Revoke Art50 🇬🇧🇪🇺🌹 (@Grumps 1984 Revoke Art50 🇬🇧🇪🇺🌹)1539525971.0
Losing a pet is so hard. We wish the family and Finn our best in his final days.