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Couple’s bucket list for dog with cancer
Fargo ND 301 8th St. S. 58103

A Colorado family is determined to make their dog's last days, the best possible.

The animal is battling cancer.

This is Marsha's favorite place.

Judy Jaros/ Marsha’s Owner: "We've taken her camping, fishing...she loves to play in tall grass."

Though she may not realize why...each day she's here, is a gift.

Jaros: "We go fly fishing, the only trick with that is every time my husband casts the fly, she thinks my husband is throwing a ball so she goes trying to run in the river."

Marsha is a 5 year old American Bulldog mix.

Jaros: "I just fell in love with her."

Chasing mice in a field, she is blissfully content.

Jaros: "We're just giving her one fun day after another."

This is her best friend - Judy Jaros, a humane society volunteer and self-proclaimed cat person...

Who had a change of heart the day she met Marsha.

Jaros: "She has a personality plus."

Marsha was at the shelter for six months, recovering from a former life that had left her battered and nearly broken.

Jaros: "She had so many problems when she came in. She had an infection, she had a broken toe, she had a bullet in her elbow."

None of it mattered to Marsha.

And soon, it didn't matter to Jaros, either.

Jaros: "So we adopted her, plus she had stolen our hearts so thoroughly- my husband's too."

But then the day they were set to bring her home forever, the Jaros' found out Marsha had stage three skin cancer.

Jaros: "So what could we do? We had to adopt her then!"

Instead of giving up, the couple has given Marsha a sort-of canine bucket list...

Making each day a gift filled with her favorite adventures.

Jaros: "She doesn't act sick so we don't think 'oh poor Marsha, she's a victim of cancer.' we just think it's another day with Marsha let's do something fun."

When it's time to say goodbye, Marsha will have left the Jaros' rich - maybe not in their pockets - but surely in their hearts.

Jaros: "She had a really hard life, she deserves a chance. And yeah, it might break the bank, but it's money - whatever- she's brought us more joy. She's just priceless to us, so it was worth it."

Marsha's family gives her a special diet and supplements to help slow the cancer development.

So far, surgery has been unsuccessful to remove all of Marsha’s cancer because it has spread to her lungs.