(Picture: Making Memories With Morgan/Exclusivepix Media)
(Picture: Making Memories With Morgan/Exclusivepix Media)

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.

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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.

18-Year-Old Rescue Dog Is Doing Everything On His Bucket List Morgan is a senior dachshund who is currently the ripe old age of 18. When Morgan's human passed away, he ended up at the Lee County Domestic Animal Services (LCDAS) in Fort Myers, Florida. When staffers at the shelter realized how old Morgan was, they knew they needed to get him out of the shelter to somewhere he could live out the rest of his days in peace. The shelter decided to reach out to Senior Paws Sanctuary (SPS) to see if it could help the elderly little dog. "LCDAS called SPS to inform us that an elderly, unadoptable dog had arrived and wanted to know if we could help him," Kate Reidy, Morgan's foster mom,. "The founder and organizer of SPS went to see Morgan and fell in love." All of the dogs with SPS are sent to live with foster families, and so Morgan went to live with Reidy and her 10-year-old dog, Charlie. Reidy assumed that because he was already 18, Morgan would be a slower, sleepier kind of dog ó but that turned out not to be the case at all. "I joke and say Morgan has Benjamin Button disease," Reidy said. "He has gotten more active, livelier and his personality has grown in the past year of fostering him. Most people don't believe his age!" Morgan immediately began to thrive in his foster home, loving everything about his new life. His new mom got him his own stairs to help him get onto the couch and bed, and he loves to wander around his house exploring. "He loves attention," Reidy said. "He loves to snuggle as close as he can to you and every so often he will get up and sniff your face just to make sure he remembers who he is sitting with! It's so sweet." No one can be sure exactly what Morgan's first 18 years of life were like, or exactly what he got to do or see. Since his foster home seemed to make him livelier and more excited to explore the world, his foster mom decided to make him a bucket list. So far, Morgan has gotten to go on a plane Ö meet a sergeant and become a junior deputy Ö attend a baseball game Ö meet Santa Ö go to the beach Ö sit on a motorcycle and even participate in beach yoga. Morgan may be a super senior, but his age hasn't stopped him from doing anything on his bucket list, and he absolutely loves every outing his mom takes him on. "He loves to investigate new smells and new people, so all of his adventures have been a way for him to explore new places and new smells," Reidy said. "He loves the attention and cuddles he gets from meeting new people." Morgan still has some activities on his bucket list that he'd love to get done, like riding in a hot air balloon, having a doggie spa day and even meeting Ellen DeGeneres. Morgan will be turning 19 soon, and his biggest birthday wish is to receive birthday cards from all over the world. (His foster mom would also love if some of these cards contained a dollar that he can donate to his friends at SPS.) Most 18-year-old dogs would probably just want to spend the rest of their days sleeping, but Morgan still has so much to see, and he and his mom won't stop until his very last day. If you'd like to send Morgan a birthday card, you can send it to 1413 Caywood Circle South, Lehigh, FL, 33936. ©Making Memories With Morgan/Exclusivepix Media
(Picture: Making Memories With Morgan/Exclusivepix Media)

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.

18-Year-Old Rescue Dog Is Doing Everything On His Bucket List Morgan is a senior dachshund who is currently the ripe old age of 18. When Morgan's human passed away, he ended up at the Lee County Domestic Animal Services (LCDAS) in Fort Myers, Florida. When staffers at the shelter realized how old Morgan was, they knew they needed to get him out of the shelter to somewhere he could live out the rest of his days in peace. The shelter decided to reach out to Senior Paws Sanctuary (SPS) to see if it could help the elderly little dog. "LCDAS called SPS to inform us that an elderly, unadoptable dog had arrived and wanted to know if we could help him," Kate Reidy, Morgan's foster mom,. "The founder and organizer of SPS went to see Morgan and fell in love." All of the dogs with SPS are sent to live with foster families, and so Morgan went to live with Reidy and her 10-year-old dog, Charlie. Reidy assumed that because he was already 18, Morgan would be a slower, sleepier kind of dog ó but that turned out not to be the case at all. "I joke and say Morgan has Benjamin Button disease," Reidy said. "He has gotten more active, livelier and his personality has grown in the past year of fostering him. Most people don't believe his age!" Morgan immediately began to thrive in his foster home, loving everything about his new life. His new mom got him his own stairs to help him get onto the couch and bed, and he loves to wander around his house exploring. "He loves attention," Reidy said. "He loves to snuggle as close as he can to you and every so often he will get up and sniff your face just to make sure he remembers who he is sitting with! It's so sweet." No one can be sure exactly what Morgan's first 18 years of life were like, or exactly what he got to do or see. Since his foster home seemed to make him livelier and more excited to explore the world, his foster mom decided to make him a bucket list. So far, Morgan has gotten to go on a plane Ö meet a sergeant and become a junior deputy Ö attend a baseball game Ö meet Santa Ö go to the beach Ö sit on a motorcycle and even participate in beach yoga. Morgan may be a super senior, but his age hasn't stopped him from doing anything on his bucket list, and he absolutely loves every outing his mom takes him on. "He loves to investigate new smells and new people, so all of his adventures have been a way for him to explore new places and new smells," Reidy said. "He loves the attention and cuddles he gets from meeting new people." Morgan still has some activities on his bucket list that he'd love to get done, like riding in a hot air balloon, having a doggie spa day and even meeting Ellen DeGeneres. Morgan will be turning 19 soon, and his biggest birthday wish is to receive birthday cards from all over the world. (His foster mom would also love if some of these cards contained a dollar that he can donate to his friends at SPS.) Most 18-year-old dogs would probably just want to spend the rest of their days sleeping, but Morgan still has so much to see, and he and his mom won't stop until his very last day. If you'd like to send Morgan a birthday card, you can send it to 1413 Caywood Circle South, Lehigh, FL, 33936. ©Making Memories With Morgan/Exclusivepix Media
(Picture: Making Memories With Morgan/Exclusivepix Media)

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.

18-Year-Old Rescue Dog Is Doing Everything On His Bucket List Morgan is a senior dachshund who is currently the ripe old age of 18. When Morgan's human passed away, he ended up at the Lee County Domestic Animal Services (LCDAS) in Fort Myers, Florida. When staffers at the shelter realized how old Morgan was, they knew they needed to get him out of the shelter to somewhere he could live out the rest of his days in peace. The shelter decided to reach out to Senior Paws Sanctuary (SPS) to see if it could help the elderly little dog. "LCDAS called SPS to inform us that an elderly, unadoptable dog had arrived and wanted to know if we could help him," Kate Reidy, Morgan's foster mom,. "The founder and organizer of SPS went to see Morgan and fell in love." All of the dogs with SPS are sent to live with foster families, and so Morgan went to live with Reidy and her 10-year-old dog, Charlie. Reidy assumed that because he was already 18, Morgan would be a slower, sleepier kind of dog ó but that turned out not to be the case at all. "I joke and say Morgan has Benjamin Button disease," Reidy said. "He has gotten more active, livelier and his personality has grown in the past year of fostering him. Most people don't believe his age!" Morgan immediately began to thrive in his foster home, loving everything about his new life. His new mom got him his own stairs to help him get onto the couch and bed, and he loves to wander around his house exploring. "He loves attention," Reidy said. "He loves to snuggle as close as he can to you and every so often he will get up and sniff your face just to make sure he remembers who he is sitting with! It's so sweet." No one can be sure exactly what Morgan's first 18 years of life were like, or exactly what he got to do or see. Since his foster home seemed to make him livelier and more excited to explore the world, his foster mom decided to make him a bucket list. So far, Morgan has gotten to go on a plane Ö meet a sergeant and become a junior deputy Ö attend a baseball game Ö meet Santa Ö go to the beach Ö sit on a motorcycle and even participate in beach yoga. Morgan may be a super senior, but his age hasn't stopped him from doing anything on his bucket list, and he absolutely loves every outing his mom takes him on. "He loves to investigate new smells and new people, so all of his adventures have been a way for him to explore new places and new smells," Reidy said. "He loves the attention and cuddles he gets from meeting new people." Morgan still has some activities on his bucket list that he'd love to get done, like riding in a hot air balloon, having a doggie spa day and even meeting Ellen DeGeneres. Morgan will be turning 19 soon, and his biggest birthday wish is to receive birthday cards from all over the world. (His foster mom would also love if some of these cards contained a dollar that he can donate to his friends at SPS.) Most 18-year-old dogs would probably just want to spend the rest of their days sleeping, but Morgan still has so much to see, and he and his mom won't stop until his very last day. If you'd like to send Morgan a birthday card, you can send it to 1413 Caywood Circle South, Lehigh, FL, 33936. ©Making Memories With Morgan/Exclusivepix Media
(Picture: Making Memories With Morgan/Exclusivepix Media)

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!

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