WA Rescue Creates Bucket List For Dying Puppy

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Logan is an 8-week-old German Shepherd puppy with his whole life ahead of him. Sadly, that life won’t be very long.

Logan has been diagnosed with a level-5 heart murmur and a condition called Pulmonic Valve Dysplasia, which basically means his heart valve is always slightly ajar, leaving it unable to properly oxygenate blood.

But Logan’s foster mother, Lindie Saenz, and her family are determined to make the most of whatever time Logan has left.

Saenz’s son even named the young fur-baby after the X-Men’s Wolverine character, using the four-year-old logic that the young dog could perhaps regenerate his own body — just like the film franchise’s favorite super-hero.

Upon hearing sweet Logan only had months left to live, the kids immediately asked if they could take their new best friend fishing. This spawned the greater objective of building a bucket list of fun activities for the young puppy, whose sponsoring agency, Rescued Hearts Northwest, also agreed the young dog should live his short life to the fullest.

Logan’s list grew to include visiting the beach, learning to swim, camping, picking out a new toy, visiting a senior center and — hopefully soon — going to the nearby Mt. Baker to see snow. The Bellingham police even offered to let Logan work as a K-9 for the day. Upon a trip to a nearby nursing home, another bucket list adventure, one sprightly senior wisely noted that Logan gets to be a puppy forever.

Others — including a goal to hug 100 different people — required a little community assistance, but Logan’s hometown of Bellingham, Washington, was happy to oblige. On January 20, hundreds of people turned up to hug this sweet puppy at a local Mud Bay, allowing this sweet puppy to tick one more thing off his bucket list. Check out Rescued Hearts Northwest to find out more about little Logan’s adorable quest!

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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