Bucket List, Schmucket List


Do you have a Bucket List for your dog?

There’s a television commercial circulating about a man who takes his dog on a car ride, stopping at different points along the trip to do a special activity or visit a special place.  It becomes clear that he is taking his dog on a last ride, a bucket list of sorts.

Ruff Talk 4 DogsMy two dogs are both in their senior years; Maxie will be 15 this June and Mia turned 9 on April 1.  Over the years, I have read articles published regarding owners that created a list of ‘final’ activities for their dogs.

I’ve considered this, but to be honest, I couldn’t come up with one.  Maybe I don’t  want to think about the true meaning of a bucket list- that my dog’s are headed towards a day when they will no longer be my daily companions.

We all know dogs live in the moment.  The reality of it,  is that I enjoy making plans to do things for them in the immediate and watch them enjoy a new experience.


Instead of a bucket list, how about like dogs, we enjoy the moments we have now.  Their final days will here soon enough.

How do you enjoy your dogs on a daily basis?

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  1. Visiting as we begin the #Challenge. I have no animals in my life now, but a great Pinterest board I have named….If I Had A Dog. Congrats on a blog that is easy to read, uncluttered. Animal lovers are going to enjoy your theme.

  2. I think most of the dog’s happiest memories will be of his/her owner, not places. The bucket list is a list of the owner’s favourite places and I think it’s more about the owner letting go than the dog really wanting to re-visit certain places.

  3. Your babies are adorable. My three Rottweiler boys and I take walks in the evening, each vying for my attention by tackling his brother out of the way, and we snuggle on the couch while watching TV. While I’m writing, they’ll make themselves comfortable in my study or outside the window where they can still keep an eye on me 🙂 Good luck with the rest of the challenge.

    • Theresa says:

      Mia likes to vye for attention too. If I”m petting Maxie, she’ll squeeze in between us so she’s not left out. Thanks for visiting Ruff Talk!

  4. My 13-year-old Bichon had the adventure of her life when we moved from the U.S. to Ecuador. As an emotional support animal she was able to fly with me in the cabin on a leash because she’s a bit too big for an under the seat carrier. She pranced through the Atlanta airport as if she owned it, gathering fans all along the way. I think if she could voice her opinion, her bucket list is just to go where ever her mom goes. She likes living in Ecuador. There’s no more snow and ice and we live in the Andes mountains so no more excruciatingly hot days either. The manner of shopping is to visit neighborhood convenience stores that are open and so she can even go with me. She adores the bread bakery two doors down. I hope we are enjoying every moment we can, she will be 15 in September. Love your pictures.
    I was just dropping by from the A to Z challenge. I hope you have a great week!
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Frankly Scarlett

    • Theresa says:

      Love your story! I hope you have lots and lots of time left to enjoy your constant companion – thank you for stopping by Ruff Talk.

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