We need your help! Many of you have already met Dory, and those who haven’t can read more about her here.
Ever since the veterinarian told us that Dory was around 10 years old, it’s really been irritating me that so many wonderful years of her life have been wasted. Being tied to a barn for the majority of your life is no way for anyone or anything to live.
Heather and I want to cram as many life experiences as we can into the years she has left because, as far as we’re concerned, her life begins NOW. As I sat awake wondering what we can do with Dory, it hit me. We’ll create a bucket list just for her, record her experiences, and call it Dory’s Bucket List Adventure.
For those unfamiliar, a Bucket List is a catalog of things you want to do or experience before you die. The idea is to lay on that death bed with no regrets…knowing you sucked as much fun as possible from the marrow of life (pardon the visual, but dogs LOVE gnawing on marrow).
Many people have emailed and commented asking if they could help with Dory’s care. While I find it extraordinarily generous that so many people reached out, I’d just feel too weird accepting monetary donations for a responsibility we welcomed into our home. That said, here’s how you can help!
We need to know all the wonderful things that dogs should enjoy before they expire. What do you do with your dogs? What should every dog experience? Is it chasing birds? Hunting down frisbees? Swimming off a boat? What? We want to comprise a long list and then share the photos and videos we capture of her tackling that list with you on this blog.
Understand that Dory has no expiration date, nor do we have a clue if she’ll pass next month, next year, or five years from now. All we want to do is make up for the 10 or so years she’s lost being neglected and forgotten.
Today, we kicked off Dory’s Bucket List Adventure with a playful day in the water. As a Golden Retriever mix, it’s a shame that Dory hasn’t enjoyed frolicking and running in water all her life. They’re practically born to do this!
Below, are the photos we took of Dory’s big day. Over the coming weeks and months, we hope to post even more experiences. For now, we need ideas…and lots of them!
Simply comment below and give us a few suggestions for Dory’s Bucket List. We’ll take the submissions and create a list to work from. No need to send money, this is how you can help. By sharing your suggestions, you’ll have had a part in Dory regaining…or finally achieving…happiness.
We so wish that we could have brought our other dog, Jackson, along for the excursion but his hips just don’t allow it. He’s good for about 1/2 a block, much like his male owner, and then he has to resort to heavy limping and dragging his back feet to get around. We keep him well embraced with love and attention though, as evidenced by Kamryn’s bear hug below.
Help Plan Dory’s Bucket List Adventure!
If you’d like to help us create a growing bucket list for Dory, please post your suggestions below. I don’t care if it’s as simple as chasing a tennis ball or sitting by a campfire. Bear in mind, Dory is 10, so anything involving surfing, hang-gliding, or sky diving is out. Especially since I’d have to go with her. Let’s keep the list relevant to typical dogs, not “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” dogs, okay?
So let’s hear ‘em! I can’t wait to see all of your ideas.
Dory’s gonna love this.