The latest on this story: A neighbor who often had seen Kathleen Zuidema out with her dogs knocked on her door and offered to adopt the three pets. Danielle Cochran and her husband already have two dogs of their own, but told Q13-TV on March 22 that they are happy to add three more to the pack. Cochran said the older dog will stay with Zuidema as long as possible.The dogs have all met each other and, she said, "They will blend just fine."
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A Washington state woman facing terminal cancer is asking for one last big favor: a home for her three beloved dogs.
Kathleen Zuidema put out a plea on Facebook looking for a forever home for what she calls her "Aussie posse." In just five days, her request for the three Australian shepherd-type dogs has gone viral with more than 21,000 shares.
"This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. My heart is breaking and I'm sobbing as I write this," she posted. "As alot of you know I have been fighting cancer for about a year and a half and things are now progressing to the point where I need to secure a home for the posse. They are a package deal."
The package includes two female dogs, 11-year-old Autumn Moon and 4.5-year-old Mona Luka, and a male dog, Finnegan, 4.
"They are very bonded to me and I hope will bond and add joy and love to someone else's life," she told Q13 Fox-TV in Seattle. "They've just been my love, my world, my joy, my life. I just want them to have a good home."
Zuidema is hoping the three dogs will find a home near hers in the Friday Harbor area on San Juan Island.
"They have always been with me 24/7. So someone who can be with them alot would be my wish. They are wonderful to be with; the love they give and joy that they bring me every day has been unbelievable."
Despite never having smoked, Zuidema's illness started as lung cancer, then spread to her liver, brain and other parts of her body. She recently started chemotherapy which, she says, may give her a few more months.
At the urging of newfound Facebook friends, she started a gofundme page to help pay for treatment expenses and the care of her dogs.
A friend is helping her sift through the offers to find the right home for her four-legged family.