Dog owners help their beloved pet live best life to the end
Ever since he was adopted at eight weeks old by his owner, Derek Severson, the 8-year-old bassador, named Diesel, has been a loving dog.
That's why a few weeks ago, the Dodge County family got the worst news imaginable when they were told that Diesel has cancer.
On March 4, Severson found a large mass in Diesel’s mouth and immediately took a photo and contacted their vet.
Then two weeks later, Diesel’s parents received the worse news imaginable.
“On March 18th, we received a call from our veterinarian and it's not the news we were hoping for but we tried to prepare ourselves for,” said Cassandra, Diesel’s mom. “Diesel was diagnosed with malignant melanoma cancer.”
Because of Diesel’s age and the compilations that could arise instead of trying to treat the mass, Derek and Cassandra decided to live out his best days being his happy self.
Since the decision was made to let Diesel live out his life, the couple decided to create a bucket list for DIesel. They wanted to try to do as many fun things with him to create as many fun times and memories as possible.
Some of the things that have been completed on Diesel’s bucket list include riding along with a police officer, appearing on live TV, eating ice cream, just to name a few.
Cassandra explained that the best part of the two weeks since the bucket list has been created is seeing how happy Diesel has been.
“The best part in working on Diesel's bucket list is the memories, seeing Diesel so happy, and all the love he's receiving from all over the world and on his fan page Diesel's bucket list and adventures,” Cassandra said.
Since the horrible news that was recieved a few weeks ago, Diesel’s parents have been encouraging other dog parents to check their pets for different unusual things.
“Ever since Diesel’s diagnosis, we have come to realize how we need to spread the word. The earlier you find cancer in dogs, the better chance they have to beat it and survive just like in humans. You don't hear much of dog cancer awareness. So we want to teach everyone to look over their dogs’ entire body, including the mouth. We recommend doing this a few times a month. Help save our furry friends and family,” Cassandra said.
As Cassandra explained, Diesel has lived a great live, but the reality is that not everyone can live a fairytale ending.
“He's lived an amazing life, lots of adventures, lots of walks and hikes. He's really been a very healthy boy that is always looking for attention. By licking you, jumping on your vehicles and eating your burgers right out of your hands, but he grows on you. He's the first one to greet you when you come to visit, just looking for a ride in your car. He tugs at your strings. But even though he's lived a great life, we can't all have a fairy tale ending,” Cassandra said.
For those who would like to follow Diesel’s progress, as he checks off more of his bucket list, like Diesel’s Facebook page, “Diesel's Bucket List & Adventures.”