An incredible dog-loving family has adopted a terminally ill golden retriever to help him tick off his bucket list in style.
Rescue dog Theo may have pancreatic and testicular cancer, but it isn't stopping him living life to the max and he has already been on a romantic date with a German Shepherd called Sasha.
Theo's bucket list antics are even getting attention from all over the world as his new owner documents his adventures on Instagram.
Social media users have left comments under a heartwarming photo of Theo on his doggy date.
One stated: “I'm in tears so amazing for Theo.”
This was followed by another who was equally as emotional at the cute display: “Oh my goodness. All the love for precious Theo, he makes my heart explode with happiness for him. He is so special.”
Under a picture of Theo on a boat looking particularly nautical and with his beloved octopus by his side, one user said: “We love Theo’s Captain hat! He looks like he’s having an incredible time.”
This was followed by: "A mighty sailor and his crew."
Theo's foster Jenny Leach, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, has been fostering dogs for five years and has a soft spot for elderly dogs and dogs with special needs.
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When she heard that Theo the golden retriever, one of her favourite breeds, had been abandoned in a car park, she knew she had to take him in.
Theo has several masses on his body, including a grapefruit-size lump on his testicles, but she didn't know the exact nature of his medical prognosis when she took him in.
Theo joined the family in May, Jenny said: "He had been dropped off several days earlier after someone reported having found him in a Walmart parking lot and because of his obvious medical condition including very large masses, they expedited his stray hold so that he could get medical attention straight away.
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“We knew even before seeing the Oncologist that his medical situation was dire, just due to the size of the masses.
“He had fur loss and thinning hair, a large mass on his tail, masses on his paws and very, very large testicular masses.
“Due to his estimated age of 12 years and the amount the cancers spread, Theo wasn’t a candidate for the surgery and chemo to tackle the Cancer.
“We fostered him initially and he fit in from day one at our house and we knew that he was staying with our family forever."
She started posting about Theo on her Instagram account which has more than 35,000 followers where he has received an outpouring of well wishes.
Jenny said: “On the day I picked him up from the shelter, I went and got him a bath at a pet supply store.
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“When I was checking out, I spotted a toy display and let him pick one from the shelf.
“He chose the blue octopus. On the way home, I spotted him in the rearview mirror, throwing it up in the air and playing with it.
“From then on it went everywhere with him and he fell asleep every night with it in his mouth.
“I wanted to try and find a backup Octopus in case this one broke.
“I couldn’t locate any at the store I bought it from and it wasn’t available to order online.
“I put out a post on Facebook to see if anyone could find one at their local store. By the next day, 13 octopuses arrived for Theo between friends sending them and the 10 that the Live like Roo foundation sent for him.”
The bucket list idea was born and Jenny began asking people on social media what type of things should be added to Theos list.
She said: “So far, Theo has been on a blind date with a German shepherd named Sasha where a local dog bakery packed a picnic basket full of treats, including an octopus-themed cake, for the couple.”
“He also got to ride on a boat, was sworn in as an honorary k9 officer, and met a pony that doubled as a unicorn.
"Plus he visited our local fire station where he got to wear a fireman's hat."
Much more is planned in the next few weeks and depending how he is feeling he could be getting a relaxing doggy massage.
For Jenny it's all about seeing her canine pal enjoying life.
She continued: “Theo is happy, kind, and gentle. His spirit and love of life are huge.
"I hope all these experiences are erasing the fact that he lost a family."
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