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Fulfilling a Canine Bucket List
Boy seeks treats for his dying service dog

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
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?

JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

Photo from the Bingo Hein Facebook page.

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Submitted by DVM | August 23 2012 |

This is a rather strange article since canine cognitive syndrome is not fatal, but actually a form of canine dementia. There are even drugs for this syndrome made by Pfizer.

Submitted by Anonymous | August 23 2012 |

What a great kid! Breaks my heart that he will lose his companion and lifesaver.

Submitted by Anonymous | August 29 2012 |

What a wonderful story! Cole I think it's such a loving gesture your doing for your companion. Pets are so much more than just an "animal". I'm sorry to hear that you will be losing Bingo, but rest assured he'll still be around you once he's crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.

Submitted by Naomi | August 31 2012 |

Hi - I'd love to send Bucket a treat from Australia. Do you have any quarantine restrictions for dog treats into the USA? I know we're not allowed to bring meat based treats back here - they got confiscated last time :(

Submitted by Fran | October 28 2012 |

Try going to an online shop based in the US and sending from there :)

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