Only a few months ago, Chester resided at a high-kill animal shelter in Columbus, Georgia. He had tumors and tested positive for heartworms. Then Animal Ark Rescue, a non-profit and no-kill shelter, rescued Chester from euthanization.
Shortly after, Nicole Elliot saw Animal Ark's Facebook post searching for a home for this loveable dog during the final days of his life. She reflected on taking the dog into her home. "I had to consider it for a while and decide if I could handle it. I decided it would be an amazing experience to take on," said Elliot.
Elliot, a 24-year-old mother, decided to adopt Chester. On June 28, she began sharing pictures of Chester's hospice care on a Facebook page she created, called "Chester's final journey."
In the posts following Chester's death, Elliot wrote a few heartwarming words: "I held him until his last breath and then some. I told him it was ok to let go, and how loved he was. I know without a doubt Chester died knowing that he mattered. He knew love."
Below are a few special moments with Chester, which Nicole shared with her 80K followers.
Chester steps up to the water's edge.