Illinois couple on quest to help dog with terminal cancer complete his ‘bucket list’

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Theo has been on a blind date with a german shepherd named Sasha, got to sit in a skydive plane, went swimming in a lake and checked out a drive-in movie.

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (NewsNation) — An Illinois couple is fostering a cancer-stricken dog with little time to live and is fulfilling a bucket list they made for him to make sure every day he has left would be a good one.

Jenny Leech and her husband adopted 12-year-old Theo after he was found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot. Leech said the terminal cancer diagnosis did not stop them from wanting to foster him.

“It was clear that despite everything crappy that had happened to him, he was happy,” Leech said. “So we wanted him to experience everything in whatever time’s left.”

That was the beginning of Theo’s Bucket List, which started off simply with ice cream, getting a burger at a drive-thru and chewing on a fresh bone from a butcher shop. 

Jenny Leech posted his daily adventures on Facebook and it went viral.

“People started offering bucket list ideas; someone offered to take him on a boat ride, another took Theo for a ride in his Mustang convertible… it was just amazing,” she said.

For two months now, a new item on Theo’s bucket list has been crossed off every day. 

He’s been on a blind date with a german shepherd named Sasha, got to sit in a skydiving plane, went swimming in a lake and checked out a drive-in movie.

Through it all, Leech said Theo’s story has been bringing a little hope during a tough season. 

“He came for some purpose. I think people are looking for things and ways to feel good, and he’s giving people that chance,” she said.

NewsNation affiliate WGN contributed to this report.

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