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.
They explained that Finn recently got a cancer diagnosis.
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.
They even shared some of the things on the bucket list.
And his humans explained the gifts Finn gave them.
People were touched.
Losing a pet is so hard. We wish the family and Finn our best in his final days.