Chester before and after he arrived at the shelter.
Animal Ark Rescue
July 11, 2015 10:06 AM EDT

An elderly, terminally ill rescue dog who was adopted in the final moments of his life, was treated to a “bucket list” of dream doggy activities and was followed by more than 78,000 Facebook fans, has died of cancer.

“I am so sad to tell everyone that my sweet baby Chester has left this world,” owner Nicole Elliott wrote on a Facebook page set up to document “Chester’s final journey,” including extravagant meals, days at the park and a lot of petting.

“I held him until his last breath and then some,” Elliott added. “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.”

More than 11,000 Facebook users have replied with their condolences.

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