Man Adopted Dog With Tumor so He Could Live out the Rest of His Day With 'Unconditional Love' | 22 Words

There's nothing worse than when your dog gets sick. And if the word "cancer" is uttered, well, it's simply devastating. Sadly, this was the fate for one doggo, who was looking at spending his final days in the animal shelter, until one amazing man came along...

Keep scrolling to learn more about this bittersweet story that truly highlights how unconditional love can make all the difference.

It's safe to say that dogs are one of the world's most popular pets.

These lovable and loyal companions make the perfect household pets, and it also helps that they’re so damn cute.

They are truly man's best pals.

In fact, it's basically what unites the internet.

But when they get sick...

The pain is unimaginable.

Devastatingly, this has been the case for an adorable doggo in Argentina, named Thanos.

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Thanos was sadly diagnosed with cancer. Eventually, the disease caused a large tumor to form on his face.

As his condition worsened, his owners could no longer cope.

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Once the relentless disease had spread to his head, his family felt like they had to give him up, despite it being his hour of need.

But rehoming him wasn't easy...

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In fact, devastatingly, Thanos was rejected by 4 families due to his poor health - meaning he was heartbreakingly returned to the shelter on multiple occasions.

It looked like Thanos would have to spend his final weeks in an animal shelter...

Until he met 21-year-old Luciano.

It was love at first sight.

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Luciano was moved by the Thanos' heartbreaking story and so decided to adopt him there and then - no questions asked.

Luciano was determined to fill Thanos' final days with unconditional love.

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But it can't have been easy, knowing that Thanos would sadly pass away in the near future. "I came out with a piece of my heart in my hand," he told Portal Amigo Cao.

At first, Luciano refused to accept that there wasn't more that could be done to save Thanos.

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So, in a bid to save his life, he took the pooch to the vet in the hope that they could potentially operate. "I found it hard to adapt to the idea of ​​how little time we will spend together," he explained.

Sadly, he didn't get the news he was hoping for...

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"I took him to a stem cell veterinarian to see what we could do, looking for a little more hope (he had been given 40 days to live) and told me that there is no treatment that extends that time."

Nothing else could be done for Thanos.

This left Luciano to simply try to make the most out of what limited time Thanos had left.

And that's exactly what he did...

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Luciano says he "pampered" Thanos as much as possible, giving the pooch a new lease of life.

Thanos seemed "happier than ever."

Despite having only just been adopted by Luciano recently, Thanos truly seemed to fall in love with his new companion.

He was even "snuggling and playing" like any other dog.

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His terminal illness didn't get in the way.

But of course, Luciano knew Thanos could pass away any day.

Making his love for his new canine pal all the more painful.

But he gave him the best possible farewell gift.

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Few people would adopt a terminally ill dog, making Luciano's act of kindness all the more special.

Sadly, Thanos eventually succumbed to his illness.

He passed away earlier this year. Announcing his passing, a heartbroken Luciano wished him a "good trip" on social media, writing: "I will love you forever."

R.I.P Thanos.

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