EDMONTON — A local animal rescue society is hoping the public can help fulfill the bucket list of Gredda, a young Staffordshire terrier who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.
“There are just things that I think she’d like to do while she’s still happy and healthy and we’d like to offer that to her because she’s been such an inspiration to everybody and she’s such a great personality,” said Terra MacLean from the Second Chance Rescue Society.
MacLean has been fostering Gredda for the past year, after she was found extremely emaciated on a rural property in eastern Alberta.
Gredda, who was two at the time, didn’t belong to anyone. After being hit by a car, she was left to fend for herself for two to three months before she was found by rescuers from a Lloydminster veterinary centre.
After Gredda received treatment and put on a bit of weight, the vet said she would be able to have a good quality of life, though she would not have function of her back legs.
For the past year, Gredda has been enjoying life with MacLean and her family, with the help of a wheelchair. But the young dog, who is described as one of the happiest dogs you’ll ever meet, was recently diagnosed with cancer.
“She has both operable and inoperable tumours. So we’re working with the vet to make sure she has a great quality of life and is able to fulfill all the things she wants to do as a dog,” said MacLean.
MacLean created a bucket list for Gredda, and hopes the public might be able to help the young dog fulfill it before she passes away.
“It’s just stuff that Gredda loves,” said MacLean. “I make her an omelet every day. We’ve driven into town and gone for a couple walks on the River Valley and stuff like that.”
MacLean said Gredda loves swimming, so hopes someone with an indoor pool might be able to offer their facility for an afternoon so the young dog can go for a swim. They’re also looking for someone who might have sheep that Gredda could herd, another one of her favourite activities.
“We just really want to do what’s best for her.”
For more information on Gredda and her bucket list, visit the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society’s Facebook Page.
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