Maryland dog with cancer has bucket list

Little Joe and the Shomalis
Little Joe and the Shomalis

TOWSON, MD (WMAR/CNN) – A cancer diagnosis isn’t slowing down one pup from Maryland.

That’s because the sick pooch has quite the bucket list.

Your head would be between your paws flat out on the floor after a round of chemotherapy.

Meet Little Joe.

“I cried a lot when we first heard the diagnosis and when we first heard about it and it was just terrible to think about what he was going to have to go through,” Little Joe’s owner Kathryne Shomali said.

Before fine China, and sofas and big screen TVs this newly married couple wanted a dog. And once they looked into Joe’s eyes, they knew he had to come home.

They’ve had him just two years.

“We haven’t gotten even the chance to enjoy him,” Shomali said.

Little Joe didn’t have such a great start in life. He lived in and out of motels, didn’t go on walks and never played with toys. But for Joe’s final days, he will be treated like a king.

His owner has come up with 15 items for Joe’s bucket list.

“He has gone on a blind date, he’s eaten an ice cream cone and what else did he do? He took a donation to the Maryland SPCA,” Shomali said.

And get that tail wagging Little Joe because there is still more left to do.

“He has ridden in a fire truck, he has eaten a Big Mac and he also [will be] meeting baby Shomali in December,” Shomali said.

This is what happens when we fall in love with our doggies.

You do what you can.

Joe waits at the door for his dad to come home, he cries a little. But there will be no crying, not now, there’s too much life left in Joe’s life.

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