Animals

11-year-old makes a 'bucket list' for his dying service dog

Aug. 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM ET

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Bingo is a terminally ill service dog with a bucket list. And her 11-year-old boy, Cole Hein from Canada, is making sure her last days are full of tail wags and an international array of treats. 

The Winnipeg Free Press first reported on the Heins, who created the "bucket" list after years of loyal service from the 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier. When he was younger, Cole suffered from life-threatening apnea, and Bingo save his life multiple times by alerting others when Cole needed CPR.

Cole told the paper that he wanted to walk Bingo one last time, take her to an arcade, and to feed her treats from "around the world." His mom said that he was making a "lick it list," a dog's version of a bucket list. Aw. Bingo's a very lucky dog.

To send a treat or words of encouragement, visit Bingo's Facebook page or send him snacks c/o Bingo Hein to P.O. Box 413, Shilo, MB, R0K 2A0.

Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor.

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