Bucket List for Dogs
Bucket List Ideas for You and Your Dog
A few months ago I wrote an article called Dog Bucket List: 10 REAL Things to Do with Your Dog Before You Die. I stressed in the dog bucket list article REAL because I really think as dog parents, we need to set doable expectations. If our bucket list for dogs is too complicated, then we are unlikely to meet the challenge.
So, when should you start your dog’s bucket list? Now! Every day we have with our pets should be cherished and lived to the fullest. Pets are put on this earth for such a short time, and waiting until our pets are reaching the end of their life to live life, I find very sad. I think we should make a conscious effort to connect with our pets and our human family on a daily basis. To put away the smart phones, laptops, and computers and spend 30 minutes connecting. I think if we do that, we may not find ourselves saying “I wish I would have…”
Last year when I was thinking of a good dog bucket list, I thought it would be fun to have dog-friendly bucket list vacations. Dexter and I could travel across the US and try to hit all fifty states and do something fun and exciting in each state. It would be fun to travel with Dexter The Dog and get some great dog photographs to remember our adventures. Then it hit me. This wasn’t Dexter’s bucket list, this was MY bucket list.
Why doesn’t traveling across the United States with my dog go on his bucket list? I mean, Dexter loves to travel and go on outdoor adventures. But Dexter doesn’t care if it’s a new state or new beach, he only cares that he’s with me and on any adventure. So, that got me thinking about what would make DEXTER happy. If he would write down a dog bucket list, what would he put on that list? So, here are my top 5 guesses on what would make Dexter’s bucket list, in no particular order.
- Spend quality time with his family: me, Grandma, and Eddie. By quality time, I mean for us to pay attention to him, talk to him, and not be distracted by phones, computers, etc.
- Eat and eat some more. This boy is a foodie. It doesn’t really matter what it is – he loves to eat. I think Dexter would love for me to sit down and spoon feed him a delicious meal fit for a king.
- Go on a sniffing walk. Dexter loves to sniff and his nose has lots of places to take him. He would enjoy a day of walking where he wants, smelling what he wants, and stopping when he is inclined.
- Go on a boat ride. Dexter really enjoys sitting in my lap and smelling the ocean or lake waft through his ears and into his nose. He enjoys watching the waves crash the bow of the boat and the birds flying overhead.
- Playing games. Dexter is an interactive player. He gets a big boost out of playing games and learning new games. It doesn’t matter if it’s fetch, hide and seek, tricks or whatever – he’s all in when we play.
Have you noticed that Dexter’s bucket list is in past tense? That’s because I work really hard at trying to provide Dexter a full life and I try to think of what HE wants. Obviously, I can’t know for sure, but I think Dexter feels that his life is full. But just because I can check off Dexter’s top 5 bucket list ideas, doesn’t mean that I don’t repeat them or look for other fun dog adventures. I try to connect with Dexter on a daily basis and let him guide me in our activity. Now, turn off the computer and go play with your dog!
What would be on your dog’s bucket list? What about your cat? Tell me in the comments.
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