Hurro, it me, Ludo!
A bucket list be sort of like a human joke thingy of stuff to do before you die… It not a funny joke, like: squeak-toys-at-Mum-but-don’t-let-her-get-them, or pretend-to-bite-Dad’s nose, but who understands people humour anyway?
Before I had any troubles with cancer mum started doing a post after reading this article: ’50 Things to do in Cumbria before you die’ and we started thinking about things that might be on a dog’s ‘life’ list, because, lots of peoples has started doing ‘bucket lists’ even though they doesn’t have a ‘reason’ to.
I guess you could call them Goals.
Since my bad cancer diagnosis we has been thinking about what we had left to do from Mum’s list for me. We has seen dogs having last great days afore saying Good-Bye, but I wonder if many dogs have a ‘life list’ too?
I made my own list that I think other dogs would do likings of too! Luckily, I has got to do most of these! Mum says I should warn you, I like food A LOT!
Here my dog bucket list:
- Eat a people food meal at (maybe on!) the people table.
- Go the ‘magic cheeseburger window’ my friends over at Another Tequila Sunrise told me about this magical drive through window that gives you food!
- Eat a whole lamb. (Yes I could eat a whole one Mum!)
- Choose own toy and treats at the pet shop and eat them there.
- Visit a dog friendly restaurant
- To find the treat cupboard door in the kitchen left open.
- Have a dog buddy.
- Run free – (Maybe work on recall and/or rugby tackles prior to completing this one)
- Roll in something stinky, with no bath after!
- Visit a woodland, run through the leaves, mark the trees, release your inner wolf!
- Go camping with your people. A night in the great outdoors.
- Go on holiday with your people – non camping.
- Get in the family photos!
- Take part in a dog sport. The bond it creates with your person be amazing and there be so many to try. Obedience, conformation, dock diving, frizbee, dancing, agility, flyball… and on.
- Get a doggy massage
- Visit somewhere completely new and get a sensory overload. This might only be for more confident dogs, but try going to a dog friendly event like an agricultural show and take in all the sights and smells.
- Meet a celebrity!
- Do what you were bred for – where practical and safe/legal.
- Play games just how you like. Don’t want to fetch? Make your human carry several toys!
What would you add?
Since we is an active home, Mum had her own list in her head of ‘life goals’ which she wanted to do with me.
- Get to grade 3 in agility √
- Become a Pets as Therapy dog √
- Visit another country
- Get Gold Good citizen award √
- Get placed in a rally or obedience show
- Get a trick dog title
- Climb Scafell
- Try herding or Trieball
She thought we would has a lot of time to do them though! When we got my diagnosis Mum felt kind of selfish that her thoughts turned to all the things we wouldn’t get to do.
But there already be a lot of things that I has achieved. We already did some things on Mum’s list and I has been swimming and on holidays and to hotels and been to a different country (Scotland counts!) and I did get a first place at companion show obedience.
It turns out, I has been living my Bucket List anyway!
It still a fun thing to think about and if you has a long life or a short life, you still has the whole of it before you. So, grab hold of it and if there something out there you want to do, go and do it!
Roll in that fox poo! Jump in that puddle! Eat that steak your person left on the counter.
(They’ll forgive you, I promise!)
(pee ess: but please be safe, no eating Chocklit, even if it does seem yummy and even if it does be on your list. Some things, you just cas not achieve, it not even worth it anyway, trust me, I know!)