In Michigan, animal rescue volunteers are treating a dying Labrador dog depressed by his owner’s sudden death a bucket list to fill the last days of his life.
Buddy is a 14-year-old Labrador mix.
According to Loren Cazan, a volunteer at A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue, the dog became depressed after his owner died.
“He was kind of left with nowhere to go,” Cazan told television station WXYZ in Detroit. “I saw his picture and I couldn’t say no to that sweet face.”
Cazan took it upon herself to take care of the broken-hearted dog and picked him up and took him to a veterinarian to be checked out. That’s when she found out Buddy was terminally ill with cancer.The prognosis was bad; the cancer had spread through his entire body.
“We’re not sure how much longer he has left. But we just want to make sure that, whatever time that is, he has the best life possible,” Cazan added.
Volunteers at the animal rescue made a bucket list for him.
The list contains “all of the items we think a pup should experience before he crosses the ‘Rainbow Bridge,’” according to “Buddy’s Bucket List,” a Facebook page that documents the dog’s adventures.
So far, Buddy has completed the following:
- A day at the beach,
- Going to Dairy Queen for ice cream,
- Eating a kiddie meal from McDonald’s,
- Meeting the Easter Bunny,
- Becoming an honorary firehouse dog,
- Going on play date with another senior dog,
- And the most important thing – getting adopted.
Cazan didn’t want the old pooch to spend his last days in search of a home.
“I said, ‘You’re not leaving my house,’ and I adopted him” she told WXYZ.
Now, Cazan hopes that Buddy’s story will inspire and encourage people to rescue older dogs, and ensure they have love and compassion in their senior years.
“He’s just a completely different dog now, and it’s absolutely the most rewarding thing, and worth the heartbreak that I know is coming with him, just to see him happy,” she said.