When Bobbie Jo Ledford adopted a St. Bernard named Odin in November, there was no way to know that in five months a veterinarian would deliver a crushing prognosis: Terminal cancer. Instead of wallowing, Ledford wrote a final bucket list for her beloved pet, and set out to make the best of his last time on earth. New Jersey-based Ledford, and her husband Jeff, adopted 4-year-old Odin from a foster home and are his fourth family. "I connected right away. He is such a good puppy, so I can't understand why [he had so many homes]" Ledford said. Bobbie Jo noticed something on her pet's front paw in March and took him to the vet. Odin was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, and was given months to live. "When I found out I was devastated," Ledford told CBS News. "I couldn't stop crying." The veterinarian offered treatments including amputation and chemotherapy, but they would only slow down the cancer, not cure it, reported CBS affiliate WTSP. The couple ultimately declined … [Read more...] about Woman creates “bucket list” for terminally ill St. Bernard
1. Hike into the Grand CanyonThere are countless ways to see the Grand Canyon (pictured above) - you can fly into it on a helicopter, drive up to its edges or kayak deep within its core. But if you have nerves of steel and a couple of days to spare, then hiking down into its belly is a once in a lifetime experience… the original, and still the best. While you're at it: Check out the lesser-known Antelope Canyon in Arizona - its undulating colours are out of this world. Do it: Arizona Outback Adventures offers guided hikes. See aoa-adventures.com. 2. Eat a proper New York slice of pizzaWant to start a fight in New York? Strike up a debate about the best slice in the city. It's no secret that New Yorkers love their pizza, and boy, do they do it well - huge slices come fresh from the embers, with a charred, chewy crust and bubbling cheese. You could get fancy, but in my opinion the best slice is one that costs $3, eaten while standing at the counter. Try Joe's Pizza … [Read more...] about The US Bucket List: 30 things to do in America before you die
CLICK TO SEE GALLERY OF BUCKET-LIST PHOTOS Meet the selfless dog lover who runs a hospice for dying dogs where she helps them complete an end-of-life bucket list – including trips to the seaside and steak dinners at the pub. Nicola Coyle, aged 46, runs The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project from her home in Mansfield, taking in “death row” dogs with less than six months left to live.The retired nurse helps them complete a “bucket list” in their final days – taking them for ice creams on the beach and throwing them birthday parties.Her selfless acts have saved dogs from spending their final moments alone in pounds, vet surgeries or animal charities – or even being put down.Instead of living their final days locked away, they go for McDonald’s drive-thrus, to the pub for a steak dinners and get as many cuddles as they want.And when they die she has them cremated and buries their remains in a special plot in her garden.Nicola spends up to … [Read more...] about Mansfield carer’s bid to give ‘bucket list’ send off to dying dogs will melt your heart
Trips to the pub, walkies at the seaside, plenty of cuddles – and a final supper at McDonald’s. It’s the bucket list that some might say is barking mad. But Nicola Coyle, who runs Britain’s first doggy hospice, is determined all animals should see out their final days in style. Former nurse Nicola, 46, said: “It can be an utterly heartbreaking job. “But I just can’t bear the thought of them spending their final moments without the love they deserve.” Nicola takes in dogs with around six months to live. They come from kennels, vet surgeries or charities, where they will most likely be put down within seven days if not rehomed. The mum of two helps them complete a bucket list, taking them for ice creams on the beach and throwing birthday parties. They go for McDonald’s drive-thrus, enjoy steak dinners at the pub and get all the cuddles they need. She has rescued so many pooches there is no space left in her garden … [Read more...] about Dogs get to complete their bucket lists at UK’s first hospice for dying pooches
Even if it isn’t physically written down, nearly everybody has at least a mental list of goals and dreams they hope to accomplish, so Independent.ie took to Bull Island to figure out what is number one on Irish people’s bucket lists. While many hoped to travel, score their dream job or reach certain athletic goals and achievements — others proved to be a bit more specific and creative. Watch the full video above to see what ambitions and targets top bucket lists across the country … [Read more...] about WATCH: Things to do before you die… what is top of Irish people’s bucket lists?