Woman Gives Her Dying Dog The Bucket List Of A Lifetime

A dog is not just a pet, it's a family member -- and New Yorker Lauren Fern Watt had no intention of treating her beloved Gizelle as anything less.
When Watt, a travel writer and public relations professional, found out her beloved dog had terminal bone cancer, she decided to spend those last months making memories of a lifetime. She created a bucket list and took her 160-pound English mastiff on an adventure.
“I wanted to enjoy my last months with Gizelle and really cherish our life together, instead of focusing on being sad about the fact that she had cancer,” Watt told BuzzFeed. “Travel is a huge passion of mine, and Gizelle was a big motivation to go on new adventures with her while I still could.”
The bucket list included all the things a pup can only dream of, including a lobster feast, a road trip and lots of cuddles. The day before Gizelle died earlier this month, Watt took her to a beach in Maine. The two sat by the ocean together as the snow came down. Watt wrote about the heartbreaking and emotional moment in her essay for Yahoo Travel:
On Jan. 7, Gizelle lost her battle with cancer. Watt took to Instagram to share a special photo and message about her buddy: "I lost my best friend yesterday. Gizelle was the most sensitive and loving creature I'd ever known and words can't explain how much I will miss her. We had many adventures together and I'll carry her with me on more. Heaven has gained a beautiful doggy angel. Rest in peace, Gizelle."
Watt hopes to make a book covering more of her bucket list adventures with Gizelle to further help others cope with losing a pet.
See photos from the duo's adventure, below, and read Watt and Gizelle's full bucket list journal over at Yahoo Travel.  
Check out more from Watt on her Twitter and Instagram.



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