A family in Duluth, Minnesota, is helping their pet Corgi, Oscar, complete a bucket list created for him after he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Oscar, 11, went in for a routine teeth cleaning at the Duluth Veterinary Hospital early last July, when Dr. Lisa Juten noticed a tumor that later tests revealed to be malignant, she told ABC News. Oscar’s owner, Tom Asbury, asked the vet if they could do any chemotherapy, and she said the cancer was too aggressive and that such treatments could actually make him sicker.
“She told us he had three to six months left,” Asbury, 35, told ABC News. “Rather than trying treatments that likely wouldn’t buy him much time or could even make him sicker, she suggested that we just take him to the beach, give him ice cream and enjoy the few months we had left with Oscar instead.
Juten’s suggestion inspired Asbury to start a conversation with his wife, Lindsey Asbury, and their two young girls about what they thought Oscar would like to do in the time he had left, Asbury explained. The family thought of different things Oscar could do in and around their hometown, and the girls wrote the official bucket list down, he said.
“Any time there’s a terminal diagnosis, there are one of two paths you can take — either get really upset and sad or embrace it,” Juten said. “And these wonderful people took the route of celebrating him, and I’m happy for what they chose. It’s a great path for him.”
Oscar has completed most of the list — go on a kayak ride, eat ice cream, visit the Enger tower, cross the town’s aerial lift bridge, swim in Lake Superior, go camping, play in the backyard and take a ride in the car — but there’s one thing he has left to do.
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