A dog dying from cancer is spending her last days playing in the snow, attending cheese nights and steak dinners thanks to a caring new owner who rescued her just in time.
When five-year-old Bumble was seized from her owner and left in kennels, animal lover Charlotte Mullarkey, 24, knew she had to step in to help.
But in November 2019, just a month after Charlotte took in the American Staffy she was given the devastating news that Bumble had cancer in her kidney.
After an operation to remove one kidney, doctors confirmed that the cancer had spread to the second and she only had months to live.
Charlotte, who works at Blue Cross Animal Homing Centre, quickly compiled a list of adventures for Bumble to enjoy before she died including seeing snow for the first time, a visit to a National Trust site, a fancy dress party and two birthday celebrations.
Charlotte said: “I’ve fostered hundreds of dogs and I never thought to keep one but when Bumble came, I just made my mind up that she had to stay.
“I took her on there and then but we knew she only had a few months left.
“We could have tried chemo but that wouldn’t have been nice for her so I just decided to give her everything she needed to make the last few months of her life special.
“If she had a few months left then I was going to give her what I could.
“I’ve had to change the bucket list because we weren’t expecting her to last this long but we’ve also had to tailor it to lockdown.
“So far, I’ve taken her to the beach because I didn’t know if she’d ever been, to the pub, paw print painting, a cheese night, a visit to a National Trust site, pancakes on pancake day, she dressed up as a bee for a fancy dress party and she’s had a Pupicino from Starbucks.
“We’ve even taken her swimming even though she can’t swim. She’s been spoilt rotten.
“One extreme plan was for her to meet a celebrity.
“We thought we’d only be able to throw her one birthday party but she’d had two now.
“She’s loved everything we’ve done so far, she loves everything we do together anyway.”
Charlotte says that despite Bumble’s diagnosis, the pooch still has a zest for life and is defying doctor’s predictions by living for a whole year.
She said: “She’s a real character and she’s hilarious.
“She’s quite boisterous, when I come home from work, she’ll do zoomies around the house because she’s excited but she also loves cuddles, in the sofa or on the bed or wherever I am.
“One year on and she’s still going strong.”