Bucket list memories to create with your best friend.

Julia Dicconson
Content Manager
March 17, 2023

If your furry friend’s last days are in sight, it can be too painful to imagine what life would be without them. Depending on their health and ability, it might be a good idea to create some incredible memories and spend some quality time with them before they pass away.

Or maybe you just want ideas on how to create some beautiful memories with your furry friend. Below is a list of bucket list memory ideas you can create with your pet.

Bucket list memories.

Create a Paw Print Keepsake. 

Make a paw print souvenir to preserve a special memory. Your pet's paw print may be preserved using clay, plaster, or even ink.

Have a professional photoshoot. 

Hire a professional pet photographer to capture some stunning shots of you and your furry friend. Plan ahead and schedule your photoshoot at a time when your pet is well-rested, well-fed, and in a good mood. Bring treats and toys to keep your pet engaged and motivated throughout the shoot.

Stay at a pet-friendly hotel.

 Simply search for pet-friendly accommodations to find a ton of places where you and your dog are welcome to stay. You may pick from hotels, log homes, cottages, and adorable glamping tents to have a memorable getaway with your pup.

Make a pet-friendly cake. 

By baking a pet-friendly cake, you can provide your pet with a special treat that won't put their health at risk. You can use ingredients that are safe and healthy for pets, such as peanut butter, pumpkin, and oats. You should also avoid using any ingredients that your pet may be allergic to.

Dress up your pet in a costume. 

Getting your pet dressed up may result in some adorable and priceless photo opportunities that you can share with friends and family. When celebrating holidays with a theme, such as Halloween or Christmas, dressing up your pet may heighten the joyous mood and make them feel included in the celebration.

Take lots of photos and videos. 

One method to save priceless memories and moments so you can look back on them and remember your cherished pet companion is by taking photos and brief videos of your pet, especially during their final moments. These images and films can also be used to honour your pet's life and the joy they brought you.

Get a “Pawdicure". 

Many pets enjoy the extra attention and pampering that comes with getting their nails trimmed and filed. Plus, adding some colour or nail art to your pet's nails with pet-safe nail polish can be a fun way to express your pet's unique personality.

Get your pet a massage. 

Massage can be beneficial for pets in certain situations, such as to alleviate pain and stiffness, improve circulation, and reduce stress and anxiety. Finding a qualified, licensed professional with experience massaging animals is essential before scheduling a massage for your pet. They are able to evaluate your pet's particular needs and modify the massage techniques to make sure it is safe and effective.

Make your pet's bed extra comfortable. 

Make a comfy bed for your pet by choosing a soft and supportive mattress, adding blankets and pillows, using materials that are easy to clean and maintain, and placing it in a quiet and peaceful area. Provide toys, treats, and water within easy reach.

Organise a playdate with some of your pet's favourite people or animals. 

Invite people or animals that your pet is familiar with and enjoy spending time with, consider the size and temperament of the animals, provide toys, treats, and water, plan activities that are safe and enjoyable, and take photos and videos to capture the memories.

Take a road trip. 

Travelling by car with your pet can be a wonderful way to bond and make memories. Make sure to carry a lot of food and drink, as well as schedule regular breaks.

Go to a beach. 

Having fun with your pet at the beach can be a wonderful experience for both you and your furry friend. Make sure to bring plenty of water, protection from the sun, and keep an eye on your pet to prevent heat exhaustion.

Take a boat ride. 

A fun and unusual item to cross off your bucket list is taking a boat ride with your pet if you both enjoy being outside and near the ocean. You can take in the sights and sounds of the water together, explore new places, and create lasting memories. Whether it's a quick day trip or a longer one, taking a boat ride with your pet can be a delightful experience that deepens your bond and fosters a feeling of adventure.

Go to a dog park. 

A dog park is a great place for your pet to interact with other animals and have a lot of fun. You must, however, have already established a firm leadership over him by that point.

Host a pet party. 

Choose a pet-friendly location and invite friends to bring their pets. Plan activities for the pets to keep them engaged and entertained. Provide refreshments and pet-friendly treats. With a little planning, hosting a pet party can be a fun and memorable experience for everyone involved. Just be sure to put the security and welfare of all the pets present as a top priority.

Pressure to create memories.

If your pet becoming ill or closer to their end of life is quite sudden, you may not have the time to complete some of these activities. What is important is being there for your beloved and ensuring they are taken care of and in as minimal pain as possible. Don’t feel the pressure to cram in a bunch of memories because you feel like you need to.

We’re here for you.

When the time comes, we’re here for you. Goodbye Good Boy provides a range of end-of-life services to make the difficult process of saying goodbye a little easier. 

We offer quality of life assessments from qualified vets, specialist grief counselling, at home euthanasia from dedicated end of life veterinarians, as well as cremation services and memorial options to help remember your pet for their unique character.

We are with you at every step of the journey.

To find out more, you can call our team of passionate pet lovers on 1800 953 619.