Anyone who owns a pet knows that they are the most reliable, and loving companions one can hope to have in our lives. they’re family. And the thought of them walking away forever from our lives is just too scary for most of us. Just ask New Yorker, Lauren Fern Watt. When her dog, Gizelle, fell terminally ill, Lauren decided to take her on a bucket list adventure that’ll make her the happiest dog in the world, for the last time.
ONE LAST ADVENTURE
When Lauren’s dog, Gizelle, a 160-pound English Mastiff was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, she was crushed. This was her ultimate BFF and there was nothing she could do to keep her alive.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Together, Lauren and Gizelle had experienced some good times and some bad times, including college, a few boyfriends, Lauren’s early 20s, and a move from the Tennessee country life to the big city life in New York. Lauren got used to her furry, loyal companion, and the two were simply inseparable.
THE COPING MECHANISM
Doing a bucket list helped Lauren cope with the thought of losing her. She wanted to make sure this was a roadside party that’ll commemorate her love for Gizelle. So first up on the bucket list was riding in a canoe. Despite being terrified, the 160-pound pooch began enjoying the light breeze and plunked her head on the side as they floated across the water.
A NEW YORK MINUTE
Lauren and Gizelle hit Times Square at 6:45 a.m., before the horde of tourists and life-size cartoon characters clogged the streets and sidewalks. The experience was truly magical.
RED LOBSTER, ANYONE?
Then they traveled to Well’s Beach in Maine in search of two perfect lobsters, which they found at a local supermarket. Before cooking them, Lauren allowed the lobsters to have a little bonding moment with Gizelle.
DATING BEN & JERRY’S
Then they found a quiet dock where Lauren and Gizelle could lay back, watch the boats float by, and have a date with two of their favorite men, Ben & Jerry’s, and they were sooo vanilla!
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Lauren invited her human BFF, Rebecca to join her and Gizelle on a road trip through New England. It was the ultimate girls only moment with absolutely no destination in mind while listening to the Beach Boys and Taylor Swift.
IT’S CUDDLE TIME
After learning that Gizelle was dying, Lauren didn’t mind if her dog shed some of her hair on the furniture, or slobbered all over her face. Soon, her lap became her adorable dog’s favorite seat, and the experience was heartbreakingly beautiful. Our pets are simply a part of our lives we just can’t imagine being without.
WE’RE OFF TO WASHINGTON
Well, Washington Square Park in downtown NYC, anyway. Lauren and Gizelle spent the entire day there and helped a lady in a kimono feed the pigeons, got serenaded by a man strumming an out of tune guitar, and talked to a guy with a fish tattooed on his face.
NOT ENOUGH TIME
Gizelle became Lauren’s wing girl in the East Village, found the best donuts at Congdon’s Donuts in Maine, Met Santa during her last Christmas in 2014. Then they sat on the beach in Maine, in the middle of winter. It snowed the day before her eventual death, leaving Lauren with happy memories of their lives together.