In response, she took an unusual step that has caused the sad story to go viral:
Cooke comprised a bucket list for Romeo, treating him to such doggy delights as a pedicure... a cheeseburger... a ride in a police car and many other treats.
Romeo passed away on March 16, but Cooke told CBC News that she’s trying to focus on the positives of their concluding weeks together.
"I'm hoping our situation will bring some light to other people who are going through the same thing," she said, adding on Facebook soon after Romeo's passing, Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Click through these adorable, sweet, memorable pictures of Man's Best Friend in his final days now: