Detroit – This story is sweet and sour. Even though it will make you smile, it will probably also make you feel sad. It’s the story of a senior dog whose owner suddenly passed away and who was diagnosed with terminal cancer -that’s the sad part. But it’s also the story of a senior dog who was rescued and adopted and is now spending the last months of his life fulfilling a bucket list determined to bring joy to his life -that’s the happy part.
His name is Buddy, he’s a 14-year old Labrador mix who was surrendered to A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue a few weeks ago. He was depressed because his owner had suddenly died. One of the volunteers –Loren Cazan– who was assigned to foster him, couldn’t resist his charm and ended up adopting him.
When Buddy first arrived to her house, he stood up in a corner and didn’t move. He refused to eat anything for three days. As it turned out, it was not only his depression but also a terminal cancer that was consuming his body.
Not knowing how much time he had left, the volunteers from A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue decided to build up a bucket list for Buddy and the response has been amazing. Loren created a Facebook page to share Buddy’s story in order to inspire people to consider adopting senior dogs because they deserve better than to end their life in a shelter.
In only four days, Buddy’s Bucket List has over 3,500 fans and the number is rapidly growing. People are really inspired following what else do Loren and Buddy cross from the list.
Among the things they have already crossed, there is: getting adopted, chase a flock of geese, overdose on peanut butter, eat an entire box of treats for dinner, go to DQ for a Pup Cup, get a Kid’s Meal from the McDonald’s drive thru and eat in the car, share the human’s dinner after 30 seconds of begging, go to a pet store and pick out a new toy and some treats, meet baby chickens, become an honorary firehouse dog, be on TV, meet the Easter bunny, go on a date and eat a bone shaped pizza.
For the date, Loren arrange a day with Kyra, another senior dog in foster care still looking for her forever home. Marco’s Pizza Chesterfield donated the bone-shape pizza and Three Dogs Bakery a fancy bone-shape cake. A volunteer brought a wagon in case they couldn’t walk. They wore matching outfits made by Kyra’s foster human and all of their friends from the rescue were invited.
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There are still few things from the list waiting to be crossed; like a steak dinner, a trip to the beach, a puppichino from Starbucks and to go to the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Perhaps the most important thing from the list that is already crossed, is for Buddy to inspire others and to be loved every day he has left to live. Loren said:
‘I am confident he will tell me when it is his time to go and we will do so peacefully and surrounded by those who love him.’
A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue take the sick, unwanted, aggressive, abandoned, abused and neglected animals and give them a second chance. They are always placed in foster care, rehabilitated and given their forever homes. If you want to help them follow the donation link in their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and see what they are up to.
Buddy’s story is one they can be proud of. It’s a story that needs to be told and shared. Let’s help Buddy inspire others so more senior dogs can get their happy endings.