News Anchor Shares Story Of His Beloved Dog’s Passing, ‘Bucket List’ Weekend

Chad Tucker’s dog Otis was a favorite among FOX8 viewers.

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News anchor Chad Tucker cuddles with Otis. Via Chad Tucker/Facebook
Cari Jorgensen

Losing a dog is a heartbreaking experience. We grieve over our furry companion by crying, telling stories about him or even sharing photographs of him with our friends and family. For FOX8/WGHP-TV anchor Chad Tucker, the best way to honor his late dog, Otis, was in a Facebook post.

Titled “Life with Otis and his ‘Bucket List Weekend,’” the post honoring Otis, a Bichon Frise/Jack Russell Terrier mix, started with the words, “As the sun started setting Sunday, my wife Meredith and I held our sweet, gentle Otis as he slipped away to our creator. We loved on him like he loved on us. We wanted him to pass knowing just how loved he was and we thanked him for the joy he gave us and so many others.”

Otis, who passed away on June 12, 2016, came into Tucker’s life at 6 weeks old in 2006. Tucker wrote in his post that the rescue dog rescued him from “a very tough time in my life… When I would come home depressed, heartbroken and feeling like a failure there was Otis.”

Otis’ Bucket List Weekend: We had our last family photographs with Otis made.  This will be on our family Christmas card this year.  #otisandcp #lifewithotistucker #otistucker | Cindy McFarland Photography

Posted by Chad Tucker on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tucker went on to write that Otis saw him through everything, including his wedding where the rescue dog was ring bearer and the births of Tucker’s two daughters. Otis brought laughter to the Tucker household, such as “when he would get his head stuck in the treat jar or fall in the empty washing machine trying to get the treats on the shelf above.”

About a week before Otis passed away, Tucker wrote in his post, he was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, diabetes, pancreatitis and rapidly progressive kidney disease. Otis was admitted to the animal hospital and after no improvement, taken back to the Tucker household for his bucket list weekend. His weekend included going to the top of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina, long car rides, playing in the sprinkler, stopping for ice cream and visiting his favorite bank teller.

Otis’ Bucket List Weekend: After a week in the animal hospital, and with no signs of improvement, we brought him home…

Posted by Chad Tucker on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tucker thanked doctors and staff at Surry Animal Hospital who treated Otis and wrote what we all feel when we lose a pet: “The pain of his absence hurts.”

Life with Otis and his “Bucket List Weekend”

July, 2006 – June 12, 2016

As the sun started setting Sunday, my wife…

Posted by Chad Tucker on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Our thoughts go out to the Tucker family as they mourn the loss of Otis.

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