A long-haired elderly dachshund is embarking on his very own bucket list in order to live out his final years in style, thanks to his foster mother who rescued him.
18-year-old dog Morgan will experience baseball games to aeroplanes, to ensure he leaves his family with memories that will last them all a lifetime.
Morgan was taken in by Kate Reidy after his original owner died and he was brought to Lee County Domestic Animal Services in Fort Myers Florida.
Morgan was sent to LCDAS to live out his later years in comfort, which is where Kate met him as a volunteer.
While he still resides at the shelter, Kate began fostering him in March 2016. After getting to know him a little better, she decided to conduct a bucket list for Morgan, to take him on adventures and to help him see the world before he eventually passes.
‘I really think he does enjoy himself,’ Kate told ABC News.
‘Our adventures are usually an hour long, if that. I do think he enjoys it. Whenever I have his leash by the door ready to go, he runs right over. Maybe the day he doesn’t run to the door, I’ll know it’s time to dial back.
‘He loves to explore. Whenever we go out people pick him up and hug him and I think that’s also something he enjoys.’
Morgan, who has no health issues and is currently very active despite his own age, has already been to a dog beach and to a dog park where he met with many other dogs.
He has enjoyed a baseball game, experienced a ride on an airplane, sat on a motorcycle, visited a firehouse, saw Santa last Christmas and was even ‘sworn in’ as an honorary junior deputy K-9 by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
So, it’s safe to say he’s been one busy pup.
And he still has lots more to come – including going trick-or-treating this Halloween, enjoying a pet spa day, visiting a local library and meeting Tom Brady.
While Kate hopes to make sure Morgan’s life is one to remember, she also hopes Morgan’s list will speak to other elderly dog owners – and to people who disregard them because of their age.
She said: ‘Senior dogs need our help and they’re great animals and just because there’s a dog that’s old, it doesn’t mean that we have to forget about them.’
She also notes that a dog’s life can be truly changed my adventure – noting that Morgan’s spirits have been hugely lifted since embarking on so many different adventures.
And, to make sure his spirits continue to be lifted, Kate is accepting bucket list suggestions over on her ‘Making Memories with Morgan‘ Facebook page – so get suggesting!