Friends of "bucket list" dog Edward Carter are mourning the loss of the little dog who captured the hearts of people all around the world.
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue in Redmond took in Edward, a powder puff Chinese crested / Maltese mix, who was diagnosed with stage 5 lymphoma last fall.
Edward was named after the two main characters in the film "Bucket List," Edward and Carter, played by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.
Edward Carter was dropped off at a local shelter as a stray. When it was determined that he had cancer, he was placed with his hospice foster "mom" - and later adoptive mom - Brooke - so that he could spend the rest of his time feeling warm, safe and loved.
Edward went through cancer treatments and did well for several months, but last week the treatments were no longer working and it was clear that Edward was in the final stages of his illness.
"Throughout this entire journey, Edward was on full-throttle," Brooke wrote on the "Edward Carter's Stairway to Heaven" Facebook page. "He was equal parts sugar and spice and everything naughty. He had more energy and zest for life than any soul I've know. But starting on Monday, he began his decline. He slowed down drastically, although he was not in any pain. We all cherished his sweet snuggles."
On Thursday, it was clear that Edward was ready to cross the "Rainbow Bridge."
Brooke said she held Edward in her arms and told him how many people loved him and reminded him of all the amazing things they got to do together over these past months.
"Edward wanted me to let you know that he was not scared," she said to all of Edward's Facebook friends. "He had so many friends waiting for him on he other side. He was ready and he let us know. We were there to listen."