Recently I read an article about an eleven-year-old Canadian boy, who, upon finding out his Jack Russell terrier had only weeks to live, created a bucket list of things he wanted to do for his dying dog. He called his pup’s list a “Lick-It” list.
On the list of things to do with Bingo, who is also the boy’s service dog:
- Let Bingo “taste” the world by getting him dog treats from around the globe.
- Take Bingo for one last “public” outing to Ruckers (a game-and-pizza place).
- To walk around the block twice with Bingo. (Cole later decided that doing one block one day, and a second block the next day was easier for Bingo.)
- A photo shoot with just Bingo and Cole, which has already been arranged.
If you read the article, you can see what a tremendous help Bingo has been with his boy, Cole, over the years. Including saving his life numerous times. I find it so endearing that Cole wanted to give his buddy Bingo a little list of “last hurrahs.”
Though I’ve never had the need for a service dog, I know if either of my dogs had a few weeks to live, all bets would be off in terms of what’s allowable for them and what isn’t. Just a few of the items on their “bucket list” might be:
- All their favorite treats would be free-flowing.
- There would be a plentiful amount of pillows for them to rest on.
- The petting and playing would be non-stop, or as much as they wanted.
- There would be time at the beach (they love it there).
If your pet had just a few weeks to live, how would you treat them differently? Or would you? Tell me in the comments what would be on your Bucket List for Doggies.