I’m a sucker for a lovely story about someone creating a “bucket list” for their dying dog. They get me every time.
But they also strengthen my determination to enjoy every day I have with Honey. And not wait until it’s too late.
Today Is My Dog’s Birthday
Honey turns five years old today.
I’m shocked. What happened to that little bundle of fur who slept curled up on my lap and who constantly bit me with her little shark teeth?
While I’m sad that so much of her comparatively short life has already passed, I look back on all the things we’ve done together with joy.
If I had a bucket list for Honey, I’d say we made a pretty good start on it. I have no intention of waiting until it’s too late.
Fun Things We’ve Done With Honey
Here are just a few of the fun things we’ve done with Honey:
- gone kayaking
- walked off-leash
- camped in the woods
- dug on the beach
- dined in outdoor restaurants
- taken long car trips
- gone sailing
- entertained playful guest dogs and foster pups
- gone to training classes
- visited the dog park
- met friendly cats
- rolled in goose poop (well, Honey did that; I just watched)
- walked for hours
- eaten yummy snacks
- met friendly strangers
- visited with fans of the blog who became friends
- played nose work games
- frolicked in the snow
- cuddled on the couch
- played fetch
- and much more.
In fact, we’ve done a few of those things with Honey just this week.
And today, for Honey’s birthday, we’ll do a few more.
Time With Our Dogs Is Always Too Short
Sharon has been a passionate advocate for senior dogs. And she lost her senior girl, Cleo, last fall. Sharon wrote a perfect comment on the Something Wagging Facebook page:
“Making every day meaningful is big. I can’t tell you how good it feels to have stacks of everyday moments with Cleo in my head and heart. The volume is comforting, as much as how touching and special many of them are.”
Well said, Sharon. Well said.
So I’ll wrap this up soon.
It’s Honey’s birthday. And I won’t be spending it in front of the computer (except maybe when she’s napping; a girl’s gotta get some work done).
I’ll be spending it with Honey. Because I don’t want to wait until it’s too late. And feel bad that I didn’t do more with our time together.
Join Honey’s Birthday Fun
I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed seeing pictures of your dog’s favorite joys on the Something Wagging Facebook page.
I’ve posted a few pictures from Honey’s long and off-leash walks from this weekend. Add yours to the page. Or any pictures of your dog enjoying happy times.
I’d rather invite you all over for Honey’s birthday. But seeing your pictures is the next best thing.
Your Turn: What things have you done with your dogs that you look back on with the most joy? And what do you look forward to doing with your dogs in the future?