Honey the terminally ill dog takes bucket list road trip

A terminally ill dog from Cambridge is ticking off her bucket list, on the road trip of a lifetime with her human.

Honey the Boxer passed through Wellington on Saturday and got a bird's eye view of the capital.

Flying in a helicopter may not be on every Boxer's bucket list. But after nine years together, devoted owner Derrick Marshall wants his best friend to see it all.

Wellington Helicopters was only too happy to oblige, giving the pair a prime tour of the capital.

It's just another stop on Honey's road trip, which started three weeks ago, shortly after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

"I thought, that's it - Honey's going around New Zealand to see her country. It's a bit more than a backyard," says Mr Marshall.

The trip's taken them nearly 4000 kilometres in Mr Marshall's ute, all the way down to the West Coast of the South Island, staying in tents and backpackers along the way.

"It's been the same thing - people see the vehicle, they see Honey and it's 'Honey, Honey, Honey'," says Mr Marshall.

That's the most important thing, because if there is one thing this dog loves it's attention.

The road trip is winding up. Honey will learn her fate after further tests back in Cambridge next week.

Mr Marshall's convinced her chemotherapy drugs are working and the news will be better.

He hopes he'll have his front-seat companion for at least one more road trip.


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