There’s a growing trend in pet owners creating canine and kitty bucket lists after hearing their furry loved one is terminally ill.
However, for one woman in Australia, the decision to wait to complete her beloved pup’s final wish until after his death will help keep his memory alive, ABC News Australia reports.
On Wednesday, Buddy the dog succumbed to terminal cancer after being diagnosed in January. His vet gave him four to five weeks to live, which inspired his owner, Emily Mochan, to create the must-do list for the Blue Heeler’s final days.
“We managed to tick off all the things on the bucket list but one,” Mochan told ABC News. “A run on the beach, a ride on a boat, visiting a spa and even sitting in a police car where things Buddy got to experience.
“The only thing [left] was to help other animals,” she added.
The 7-year-old’s bucket list reportedly began with 27 entries, but quickly jumped to 50. Buddy also was able to go four-wheeling, create art via paw painting, had his own photo shoot and even was published in a calendar for charity. But after the sick pup developed a limp Tuesday, Mochan said she was told Buddy would lose the ability to walk within 48 hours.
So Buddy’s family made sure his last night would be a good one.
“We brought him home and cleared out a space so we could camp out on the floor with him with the air con as cold as possible,” Mochan told the news station. “That’s just how he likes it, playing mini games of ball and tug and just savouring (sic) all the cuddles and happy memories before taking him in first thing yesterday.
“He went peacefully with no pain, surrounded by friends.”
More than 13,500 fans on a Facebook page Mochan set up to chronicle Buddy’s short final journey should be happy to know that all his toys will go to shelter dogs — completing the pup’s list.
“I was waiting until he passed so I could pass all his toys and money we raised to the RSPCA,” told ABC News. “All his toys will go to shelter dogs… even though he’s not here with others he’s still helping others.
“I can’t change what’s happened and it’s very sad,” Mochan continued, “but I’m happy I can see some good come from it.”