by Laura Sussely-Pope
Here's a story that's sure to pull at your heart-strings. A service dog who is dying is spending her last days under the most loving of circumstances.
Bingo, the 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier, has been a faithful companion to Cole Hein, 11 for many years.
Cole has a form of apnea which used to require 24-hour nursing care and caused his parents quite a bit of worry and sleepless nights.
Along comes Bingo and everything changed. Bingo recognizes the sound that Cole makes as he begins having trouble and alerts his parents immediately. For Cole, Bingo has become much more than a service dog and vice versa -- they're best friends.
So when the veterinarian told Cole that Bingo was terminally ill with a canine cognitive disorder, Cole decided he would make a "bucket list" for her, which he named Bingo's "lick-it list."
Cole said, "I love my dog. I've made a list for her final days on Earth. I want to take her on one last public outing to Ruckers. I want to walk her around the block twice. And I want to get her treats from around the world."
While that is quite the list, we think she's worth it. Bingo was lauded for saving Cole numerous times by being inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 2010.
Now, in her final weeks, Cole wants to thank his dog for saving his life. "Anything people want to send is okay. Bingo's a good dog."
Cole's mom said nobody should send any money to them because Bingo's vet bills are all covered by a pet insurance policy. The family is not seeking cash donations, only dog treats from around the world.
To help and find out more about this amazing dog, you can visit their Facebook page.
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Photo courtesy of Winnipeg Free Press.