Arlington shelter creates bucket list for dog with cancer

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is helping Smoke, a hound diagnosed with cancer, cross off items in a bucket list. (Courtesy Animal Welfare League of Arlington)(Courtesy Animal Welfare League of Arlington via Facebook)
WASHINGTON — An Arlington, Virginia, shelter is helping a dying dog live his best life.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington hopes that a family will adopt Smoke, a 10-year-old hound diagnosed with terminal cancer, in the last weeks or months that he has left. But, until that time, the shelter has created an ongoing bucket list for him.

Here’s what is on the list so far:

  • 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 full body doggy massage
  • Go camping
  • Meet Santa Claus
  • Be on TV
  • Jump on a big pile of leaves
  • Get a professional photo shoot
  • 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 Nationals Park (maybe throw the first pitch)

The shelter hopes that Smoke will be adopted but is also open to a hospice home, where he would stay with a family until his condition worsens.

Anyone who would like to help cross an item off Smoke’s bucket list can email the shelter at or contact them through their Facebook account.

You can also visit Smoke (when he’s not at a foster home) at the shelter at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive.

Here is Smoke fulfilling an item off the bucket list:

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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