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Florida woman creates 'doggy bucket list' for pet suffering from lymphoma, heart murmur

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 15:45:54-04

A Boynton Beach woman is giving her precious pet, who's fighting an aggressive form of cancer, the best life possible.

Jillian Dibble has created a bucket list for Daisy, her 12-year-old beagle who's suffering from lymphoma, fluid around her lungs, and a heart murmur. Dibble said doctors have given Daisy just eight weeks to live.

"I was so devastated when I got the phone call that she had lymphoma, and I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to say goodbye," said Dibble. "And I decided we are gonna have fun for as long as I have with her."

Dibble said because Daisy has so many health issues, she's not a candidate for chemotherapy, and her body wouldn't be able to handle it.

"We’re trying to make the most of it, and I made a doggy bucket list," said Dibble, who's owned Daisy since she was just six weeks old.

The bucket list is fun and extensive:

  • Have a Starbucks pupachino
  • Order a burger at McDonald’s
  • Have ice cream on the Ave.
  • Go to the beach
  • Play with friends at the dog park
  • Visit a pet store and play with everything
  • Have a steak dinner
  • Go swimming at Grandma’s
  • Have a BBQ
  • Cruise down A1A with the windows down and music up
  • Visit a fire house
  • Raise funds and collect donations for shelter animals in Daisy’s name and deliver them
  • Have a photo shoot
  • Make a paw print ornament
  • Sit together and watch the sunset/sunrise
  • Follow that scent for as long as you want
  • Paint a picture

So far, Daisy has done a lot of those activities including eating steak and ice cream, having a BBQ, going to the beach, and cruising down A1A.


"I just want to make her happy," said Dibble. "She’s my friend and she’s been a good dog to me for 12 years."

Up next, Dibble wants to take Daisy to a fire house, play with everything in a pet store, and also collect donations like dog beds, blankets, and towels and donate them to an animal shelter.

"I want to collect donations and take them to a shelter and say they’re from Daisy," said Dibble.

In addition, Dibble is hosting 'Daisy's Dog Party' this Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m. at the Dog Park at Lake Ida, located at 1455 Lake Ida Road in Delray Beach. Anyone, along with their dogs, are welcome to attend, weather permitting.

To learn more about the dog party, click here.