When Lauren Watt discovered that her treasured dog had terminal bone cancer, she chose to spend those last few months creating memories of a lifetime. She made a bucket list and took her English mastiff on an epic adventure.
The bucket list was made up of things a dog can only dream of, including a lobster feast, a canoe ride and heaps of cuddles. The day before Gizelle died earlier this month, Lauren took her to a beach. The two chilled by the ocean together as the snow fell. Watt wrote about the emotional moment in her essay for Yahoo Travel:
“I was told Gizelle wouldn’t make it until Christmas, but in January we sat by the ocean in Maine as it snowed the day before she died. Part of me wondered if this was her plan all along, to take me on an adventure, knowing we’d end up on a deserted beach alone. The sky was white, the trees were bare, and even the birds were hiding. The whole world felt lifeless, and it was hard to believe this beach was once filled with rainbow-colored umbrellas and cute boys lathered in SPF. It was then I realized that I was okay with letting Gizelle go. Just like I had faith that the trees would sprout lime green leaves again and kids with yellow buckets would splash in the water once more, I had faith I’d carry Gizelle with me. Even in the emptiness of that beach that day, I could see Gizelle running free long the shore, rolling in the sand, awkwardly spooked by approaching waves. I knew she would live on through my experiences, and that I gave her the best life I could. And that to me was infinitely healing.”
Gizelle lost her battle with cancer on January 7th, but at least she spent her final days wrapped in happiness. Here are some photos from the pairs big adventure.
Ride a canoe
See Times Square
A lobster dinner
Eat ice cream on a dock
Go on a road trip
Heaps of cuddles
Spend a whole day at Washington Square Park
Go to a party and meet a cute boy dog
Find the best doughnut in the world
Sit on the beach in winter
You can read lauren’s full bucket list journal at Yahoo Travel
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