The Dog Bucket List…

Tucker & Blackie
[Tucker and Blackie]

First, the movie “The Bucket List” inspired people to create their own mini-adventures before they die. How many of you have at least one bucket list? I have two – one based strictly in Hawaii and another list of things I can do anywhere or need to go somewhere else to complete (like taking a road trip with my granddaughter or sailing around Fiji).

So one inspired couple developed a bucket list for their dog who was dying of cancer. It had things like ride in a fire truck and eat a steak dinner. Now every pet owner is coming up with a list for their dying furry family members.

My question is, why wait until the animal is dying? Why not do these special things for your dog or cat now while they can be appreciated? While it might be hard to get the ride on the fire truck unless death is imminent, why not feed your dog a steak dinner once a year? Or get a bird for your cat to watch. (Keep it in the cage, please. I’m not suggesting bird-icide.)

We don’t wait until our bodies are riddled with cancer before we start checking things off our list. Why do we wait for our fur-babies to become incurably ill before we start treating them with the things they’ve always wanted to do but thought they couldn’t? Let’s give them something to live for rather than to die for…