A Great Dane is living out his final days on the Central Coast with lots of love and Puppuccinos.
Kronicles, aka Kron, has been going on a series of “bucket list” adventures and it’s all being chronicled on social media.
When Erika Calle rescued Kron, several veterinarians said there was nothing they could do for him.
Kron was suffering from two large masses, one of which had ruptured.
Then Calle took Kron to the Cambria Animal Medical Center. There, she says Dr. Suzy Van Beurden spent nearly five hours with the dog in the operating room.
Both masses were removed and Calle says Kron recovered well, even gaining 77 pounds.
That was in October.
About a month ago, Calle says she noticed Kron’s joints had become swollen and the veterinarian said it was likely related to his cancer.
A chest x-ray confirmed the worst.
While Calle says Kron didn’t seem as sick as he really was, his lungs were riddled with cancerous masses.
Calle and Dr. Van Beurden agreed that nothing could be done for Kron and the best course was to make him a hospice dog, placing him on pain medication and anti-inflammatories to make him comfortable.
Calle operates a Great Dane rescue out of Cambria called One Dane at a Time. Since she’d been sharing Kron’s progress on the rescue’s social media, Calle decided to reach out to his online followers for suggestions for a “bucket list.”
Calle says the response has been huge. They’ve received several Starbucks gift cards, so Kron has been loading up on Puppuccinos.
He’s also taken a lot of long car rides, enjoying sticking his head out the window…
He’s played at the beach…
Taken a picture with firefighters…
Dipped his toes in Santa Rosa Creek…
Enjoyed chicken nuggets at Montaña de Oro…
And even enjoyed a dinner of hamburger and ice cream at the Inn at Morro Bay…
Calle says she’s noticed signs that Kron’s health has been deteriorating over the past few days. This weekend, she says he’ll get a barbecued steak and hopes to take him on a trip up to Big Sur.
Calle started One Dane at a Time last September and says she’s already taken in 73 dogs.
Like Kron, many of the dogs have health issues. She places them with fosters and once the dogs are rehabilitated, they’re adopted out.
While Kron’s time is limited, his memory will live on. He was featured in a Hallmark Channel commercial that pays homage to rescuers and was mentioned in “Great Dane Review” magazine. Some of his photos have even been featured on greeting cards.
Calle is still taking bucket list suggestions for Kron and you can keep track of his adventures on the One Dane at a Time Facebook page.