Arlington shelter creates bucket list for terminally ill dog

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ARLINGTON, Va. – An Arlington shelter created a bucket list for a dog with terminal cancer to make his last days epic.

Smoke is a 10-year-old hound who has been at Animal Welfare League of Arlington for about a month.

On Wednesday, the shelter got sad news that Smoke has terminal cancer. The shelter says they don’t know how much longer Smoke has. They say it could be six months or just a few weeks.

“What we do know is that Smoke deserves to live the rest of the time he has left in a home, with a family that loves him,” said AWLA in a Facebook post. “We are hoping that someone will come and adopt this big, goofy boy and give him as much love as they can during his last weeks and months.”

The shelter created this bucket list for Smoke and says they are starting to cross things off the list now:

– find a forever family
– go on a hike
– eat ice cream
– go to the beach
– have a birthday party
– ride in a fire truck
– eat a cheeseburger
– have breakfast in bed
– meet a celebrity
– ride in a police car and bay with the sirens
– get a fully body doggie massage
– go camping
– meet Santa
– be on TV
– jump in a big pile of leaves
– get a professional photoshoot
– go on a road trip
– get his own Instagram account
– ride in a convertible
– get a huge box of toys to play with and share with his shelter friends!
– Visit Washington Nationals Park (maybe throw the first pitch?)

The shelter asks if you know a way to help cross off some of these items to let them know at

Smoke can be visited at the shelter during regular business hours.

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