As your precious pup turns into a senior dog, try to make the most out of the time you have left. We’re here to help with a list of ideas and tips for your senior dog’s bucket list.
None of us want to admit that our furbabies won’t always be around. So let’s try to make the most out of the time we have left with them. There may be certain activities you’ve always wanted to do with your senior dog. Or maybe you’d like a special keepsake to remember your pup by. Whatever it is, we’re here to help you with some great ideas, and helpful tips for making your own senior dog bucket list.
How to Make a Senior Dog Bucket List
You’ve probably heard the term “bucket list” before. Well, this one is for your aging best friend. But before you make your own senior dog bucket list, here’s some tips that may help.
- Dream, Think, and Research
Take some time to brainstorm. Check out what we’ve come up with, and do a little research about what other people have done. You could even ask friends and family for their input.
- Be Realistic and Check with Your Vet
Since this bucket list is probably for your senior dog, there may be things that he or she isn’t able to do anymore. To be on the safe side, always check with your vet to see what is safe.
- Make it Special for Your Senior Dog
There are tons of ideas out there. But try to think through your dog’s personality, and the things they love best. Do they love being active and adventurous? Or do they have anxiety and prefer to stay home? Cater your senior dog bucket list to your individual dog, and try to make it as special as they are.
- Document Every Moment
Since these may be your precious pup’s last days, make sure to take plenty of photos. These will be memories you’ll want to cherish forever. You could even bring along a friend or family member to help document each activity.
Senior Dog Bucket List Ideas
Now let’s get on to the fun stuff… Ideas you’ve been waiting for to help you create your own special bucket list for your special best friend.
Sentimental Dog Keepsakes
- Pet Portrait
This could be a family photo session or solo pet portrait. You could even take your pup for a photo with santa, or get a painted dog portrait (professionally done, or DIY at home).
- Paw Print Keepsake
There are many different ways you could memorialize your pet’s paw print. Some can be done through companies found online. But here’s a link to a personalized dog paw print ornament that you can make at home.
- Hair Memorial Necklace and Keepsake Locket
This may sound a little strange, but a friend of mine had someone make her a keepsake necklace on Etsy with a lock of her dog’s hair when he passed. And the necklace looks beautiful and unique! It makes her feel like he’s with her wherever she goes.
- Get a Custom-Painted Urn
There are my talented artisans out there, especially on sites like Etsy. This artist paints beautiful custom urns for pets.
Activities for Dogs Who are Food Lovers
- Make a Gourmet Meal for Your Best Friend
This could include cooking burgers or chicken on the grill, or a number of veggies and fruits that your pup will love! Just be sure to check which foods are safe for dogs.
- Make Homemade Dog Treats
If you love cooking and baking, test out your culinary skills on some special homemade dog treats for your sweet pup.
- Buy Their Favorite Chews
You can get fresh raw bones from a local butcher shop, Bully Sticks, or Kongs filled with yummy human-grade fillings such as peanut butter (without xylitol) or frozen goat cheese. Just take note—rawhide is not a healthy choice for your canine.
Enjoy the Simple Things in Life
- Playtime in the Sprinklers or in the Snow
Whether it’s winter or summer, there’s always something fun to do outside, and you can do these right at home! Small sprinklers are pretty cheap, and can provide hours of fun. And watching your dog try to catch a snowball will have you cracking up long after.
- Plenty of Undivided Attention Every Day
Just remember—your senior dog won’t be around forever. So make sure to soak up those special snuggles every day! They will feel loved just by receiving your undivided attention on a walk, going for a car ride, or even being pampered by you during their very own doggy spa day.
Fun Outings for the Social Dogs
- Dog-Friendly Restaurant, Cafe, or Brewery
If your senior dog loves being out with other people and soaking up all the attention, take them out to eat! There are tons of dog-friendly restaurants, cafes, and breweries—some will even bring your senior dog a special treat.
- Water Time
If your dog likes playing or swimming in the water, take them to the beach, a lake, or even a friend’s pool. If you’d rather be on the water with your dog than in the water, try kayaking or canoeing. Or even rent a pontoon boat for the day.
- Attend a Dog Festival
Believe it or not, these do exist. Dog festivals and events are available all over the country. Search online to see which ones are in your area.
- Take a Vacation or RV Road Trip with Your Senior Dog
Time to hit the road, and bring Fido with you! Your dog misses you when you leave. So why not plan a trip where you can bring him or her along for the ride?
Time to Make Your Senior Dog Bucket List
Now that you’ve seen our ideas, try making a list of your very own. Remember to cater it specifically to your special pup. And document every moment, so you can cherish them forever.