You wouldn’t know it from the happy pictures of Buddy cuddling his best dog friends or eating McDonalds, but 14-year-old Buddy has terminal cancer. Now his “Humom” and his friends at A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue are making sure Buddy is living out his final days to the fullest. How? The ultimate dog bucket list.
Buddy’s life changed in a matter of months. His owner of 14 years unexpectedly passed away and he found himself at A ReJoyceful Animal Rescue in Mt. Clemens.
Luckily, A ReJoyceful Animal Rescue volunteer Loren Cazan saw the gorgeous Labrador Retriever mix’s photo and just had to bring Buddy home. But soon Buddy had new obstacles to face. “It wasn’t soon after I discovered a lot of lumps and bumps on his body,” Cazan told Channel 4 Detroit.
Those lumps and bumps turned out to be cancer. And Cazan was told that Buddy doesn’t have much time left. He may even have just a month left to live.
But Buddy’s making the most of the time he has left. Cazan and Buddy’s friends over at A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue created Buddy’s Bucket List to help Buddy live his life to the fullest. “Instead of us getting sad, we decided to celebrate his life,” A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue founder Michelle Heyza said. They created the Facebook page to share pictures and videos of Buddy’s adventures.
The first item on the list? Get adopted through A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue. Check. Thanks, Cazan! Buddy’s actually checked off quite a few items from his list. He’s cuddled his new dog brother, gone to visit the firehouse, gone on a date, ate an entire box of treats, slept in his mom’s bed every night, and gone to Dairy Queen for a Pup Cup.
Buddy has also gone to McDonalds, met the Easter Bunny, had a spa day, chased some geese, appeared on TV, and more. And the bucket list just keeps growing. He’s all ready to take a trip to the beach and have a delicious steak dinner. What dog wouldn’t love that?
No, Buddy hasn’t checked off “Dance with Ellen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show” yet, but Cazan and Buddy’s friends at A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue are determined to make sure every day of Buddy’s life is a day to remember. “If we’re given more time with him, we’re just going to continue to fill his life with the things that make him happy,” Cazan said.
But Buddy has one important item to check off his bucket list: Help get other senior dogs like him adopted. Senior dogs are often overlooked at shelters and end up euthanized because of overcrowding.
And it’s working! Cazan told Channel 4 Detroit that she’s seen more people adopt senior animals and more people saying they’re going to spend more time with their senior animals thanks to Buddy.
As for Buddy? He’s just living the dream. “He’s just been adoring it,” Cazan said. “He feels like a rock star. Everybody comes to pet him and he thinks everybody’s there to see him and it’s actually true.”
Featured image via Buddy’s Bucket List