BOY MAKES “BUCKET LIST” FOR HIS SERVICE DOG - “I’ve made a list for her final days on Earth. I want to take her on one last public outing to Ruckers. I want to walk her around the block twice. And I want to get her treats from around the world.”
Bingo, a 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, is a service dog who has helped her owner deal with a medical condition for the last seven years and she has saved his life on several occasions. Unfortunately, Bingo has been diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. Now, Bingo’s owner, a boy from Winnipeg, Canada, has made a list of things he would like to do for Bingo as she enters the final phase of her life. Read more from the Winnipeg Free Press:
Bingo came to the family in 2005, after the Cambridge, Ont.-based National Service Dogs heard about Cole’s medical condition.
Cole has an undiagnosed disorder in which he can suddenly stop breathing when he is asleep or even when he is wide awake. When he was younger, Cole would need someone to perform CPR to revive him.
But after National Service Dogs, which normally trains larger dogs to help kids with autism, heard about Cole’s situation, the organization’s co-founder trained her own Jack Russell terrier to recognize the distinct gagging sound that Cole makes when he stops breathing, and then bark to alert his parents or caregivers…Mandi said she overheard Cole making up the list after a veterinarian gave them the news that Bingo doesn’t have many weeks to live after being diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.
“He told me he is making a lick it list so I said ‘oh, a dog’s version of a bucket list’ and he said he didn’t know what that was,” Mandi said.
Now, in the twilight of his dog’s life, Cole wants to thank his dog for his life.
“Anything people want to send is OK,” he said. “Bingo’s a good dog.”
This seems to be the boy’s way of saying “thank you” to Bingo for her years of service and devotion. Hopefully Bingo is able to enjoy everything on the list. Click here for the full story, and here to learn more about Bingo’s list.