Imagine if you hit the lottery, what would you do? Would you quit your job? Would you take time to travel the world? Or perhaps you would create your own non-profit organization and help others in need? No matter what you decide, you would try to fulfill the wishes you were unable to do at the present moment, right? With this idea in mind, I thought about “bucket list” ideas. What are some of the things you hope to accomplish in your life before your time is up? Better yet, what are some bucket list ideas you hope to try with your pet? Have you ever asked that question?
Our furry friends are our family too and we adore spending time with them, however make the time memorable and try new things. With this in mind, I came up with a short list of bucket list ideas to try with your pet. Make memories now so you can cherish them forever. Here are six bucket list ideas to try with your pet.
1) Have a Birthday Party
We as people celebrate our birthdays each year, so why not do the same for your pet. I celebrated my cats birthdays with paper hats and a candle in their favorite treat food- Fancy Feast Chicken flavor. (The candle would be blown out of course) I’d take pictures to capture the moment. You can celebrate with just immediate family of the household or if you think your pet is able to cope well, make the celebration with decorations and invite other friends, family and pets over to celebrate. Make the celebration unique to your pet’s taste. Either way it will be a birthday to remember.
2) Create a Picture Calendar
Next, consider taking several photos you have taken over the years and creating a pet picture calendar. If you really wish to create a professional look you can arrange to have a pet photo shoot and use those images. I like to create the look myself and use an online tool like Shutterfly.com to arrange my own photos and have the calendar printed and shipped home. A picture calendar is a great functional and thoughtful idea to preserve memories.
3) Visit pet friendly beach
Another bucket list idea to try is visit a beach. I haven’t met a dog that doesn’t love to play and get wet. Visiting a beach along the water is a great way to spend time outdoors and let your pet play. You can play Frisbee or take a leisurely stroll along the beach while taking in the sunshine. If you are a cat owner, it may be easier to stroll along the beach on the boardwalk in a carrier, but if your cat is the exploring fearless type, let them run free (with a harness of course). Don’t forget to take pictures!
4) Take a Road Trip
Rent a convertible and take a road trip. Depending on where you live and the destination you wish to go, you can make this trip as long or short as you wish. I remember taking a drive over 100 miles from San Diego, CA up the coast to San Jose, California. At the time I took the trip with my first cat Precious. We made sure Precious had plenty of food, treats and stopped 3 times to eat and replenish her water bowl. Also, time spend at the rest stop allowed Precious to have time to stretch, get fresh air and eat. She did quite well on the road trip and slept a good portion of the ride. We had a good time. Taking that road trip was a great way to explore a new city, enjoy the scenic view along the California coast and create lasting memories with all the family in tow.
5) Stay at a Luxury Pet Hotel
One thing I love to do is have a weekend getaway. What’s better than a getaway? It is having a trip with your furry family member too. One of the best getaways I remember in recent years is the last Christmas I spent with my husband and cat Dusty before she passed away. Although the hotel was not 5 star luxury the experience was great. She loved exploring the room, relaxing on the fluffy down comforter and snuggling in between my husband and I to take her cat nap. It was definitely great to see her in upbeat spirits while at the hotel.
Luxury pet friendly hotels can accommodate pets by providing space and facilities to make them comfortable as well as pamper you as a guest. Indulge a little and check out some of these luxury hotel options. If the price tag is out of your range you can also do a search for more affordable pet friendly hotels. Whatever you choose, it’s worth it to try at least once in your life.
6) Visit The Largest Pet Store in USA
Last but not least, this bucket list idea is a new one to me. I’ve always heard of the Mall of America being the largest shopping mall in the U.S.A . I told myself one day I’ll have to go there and check it out. (Yep, it’s still on my to do list) However I never heard of That Pet Place. Apparently, it is the largest pet store in the U.S.A. located in Lancaster, PA. If you are looking for a grand shopping adventure to try, this may be your stop. The store does also permit leashed pets inside as well. So if you are feeling adventurous and able to visit, stop by Lancaster, PA and get ready to burn that cash!
If you are looking for even more ideas, you can check out this list of 99 Activities to do during your Dog’s Lifetime.
Those are my six bucket list ideas to try with your pet. Have you tried any of these ideas? What else would you like to try? Comment and share below.