Boy creates “bucket list” for his dying service dog

Cole Hein, an 11-year-old boy who has a condition that randomly stops his breathing, created a “lick-it list” for his dog, Bingo, who developed canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome. Bingo, a 13-year-old Jack Russell terrier, sounds an alert when Cole stops breathing and needs CPR, and she has saved the boy’s life several times. The list, a canine “bucket list,” includes dog-friendly ideas such as sampling dog treats shared from around the world.

When eleven-year old Cole Hein found out that his Jack Russell Terrier had only weeks to live, he created the “Lick It List,” a canine bucket list to honor his pup Bingo. For five years, Bingo has been taking care of Cole, who has a medical condition that can stop his breathing. The thirteen-year old dog is trained to alert adults if the boy needs CPR.

In the first six months the two were together, Bingo saved Cole’s life three times, leading to her induction into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 2010. Now it’s Cole’s turn to help Bingo make the most of her time left as the pup battles Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.

Here is Cole and Bingo’s Lick It List:

1) Let Bingo “taste” the world by getting him dog treats from around the globe

2) Take Bingo for one last “public” outing to Ruckers (a favorite game-and-pizza place)

3) Walk around the block twice with Bingo

4) Do a photo shoot with just Bingo and Cole (which has already been arranged)

To help Cole achieve Bingo’s Lick It List, he’s asking people around the world to send treats. No monetary donations will be accepted (Bingo’s medical care is taken care of). Any treats that Bingo can’t consume will be donated to the local animal shelter. Likewise, if you’re not able to send treats, Cole asks that you make a donation to your favorite animal rescue in Bingo’s name.

Dog treats can be sent to:

Cole Hein/Bingo Hein P.O. Box 413 Shilo, MB Canada R0K 2A0

If my dogs had a bucket list, treats would certainly be number one! What would be on your dog’s Lick It List?


One Response to “Boy creates “bucket list” for his dying service dog”

  1. Chris Schlieter says:

    With Bijou we took her to Dana Point and sat by the bay (with her wrapped in warm blankets).
    With Diamond I carried her for one last hike in our new hometown.

    I’m guessing for Melody it will be food related.
    Haven’t had Becky long enough to learn what’s super-special to her.

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