Creating a bucket list for your dog helps him enjoy life more

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We have to admit to the harsh reality that our furry friends won’t stay with us forever (as I am typing these words out in sadness). Why not creating a bucket list for our dogs so we can make sure we enjoy life together and live it to the fullest with no regrets?

(The bucket list varies slightly depending on the nature of your dog – what a dog crazily loves doing doesn’t mean all dogs would love doing that. Be selected, and ask your dog’s opinions if needed.)

Here’re some ideas to get started!

Food means the world to dogs. Indulge in a gourmet meal.

Nowadays, there are a few pet-friendly places which serve freshly made gourmet for dogs, such Ruff and Fletch in Tsim Sha Tsui and Stanley. Alternatively, you can make your own gourmet at home.

For example, my dog loves sirloin steak more than chicken thighs, so I would make him steak with a small portion of pork liver and a bit of rice, carrots, pak choi and blueberries. All finely chopped. He barks to show his impatience for his gourmet as I am preparing it!

Go to a beach

Let your dog’s paws feel the fine white sand, his body embraced by the water. Not all dogs can swim though, watch out and we don’t need to push too hard. First time swimmer can start with water dipping.

Get a doggy massage

You are not the only one who can benefit from massage or spa sessions, your canine friend can too! Massage is believed to release stress (yes, your dog can have stress), increase blood circulation, improve digestion and reduce pain for their ageing joints. Learn how to massage properly so that you can do it at home.

Hike moderately

Some active dogs are born to demand tons of exercise, then they might want to challenge Twins Peaks, Lantau Peak (Fung Wong Shan). Some might want spacious path to leisurely walk and run. For example, the Pinewood Battery Heritage Trail (3 to 4 hours) in Pok Fu Lam, as well as Lugard Road and Victoria Peak Garden (1-2 hours) would offer plenty of space.

Ride in a convertible

Okay, getting a convertible might not make financial sense. Just saying that it’s fun to have your pup feel the wind in his hair when cruising down the highway!

Throw a lavish birthday party

Plan in advance the activities and venue of this party besides preparing for a birthday cake which I don’t need to talk about for you to know you should get one. Perhaps a theme party based on a color, or with a dress code could be fun.

Take a nap together

Nap is sometimes considered a luxury for us, it’s not so for dogs. But a nap can become a great bonding moment if you and your dog can do it together, on the same bed! Snuggle and feel loved!

Stay with your dog when it’s time for him to go

The moments leading up death are terrifying to anyone. Your dog experiences it for the first time and doesn’t really what’s going on. At that time, he wants nothing but a familiar face to be with him so he would feel less scared. We know it’s hard for us, dog owners, to witness that, but our dogs need us to be brave to face it together!

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