A Girl And Her Dog Embark On An Epic Adventure, But The Reason Why Will Crush You
A beautiful way to say "goodbye."
Meet Lauren Fern Watt and Gizelle, her 160 pound English Mastiff who was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer last year.
After finding out the heartbreaking news, Gizelle's owner was crushed. But then she decided to take the time she had left with her beloved pooch and do something worth remembering: a bucket list adventure.
"Together Gizelle and I had been through college, boyfriends, our early 20s, and a move from simple Tennessee to big and scary New York City. This dog wasn't just my best friend — she was my roommate and confidant," Watt writes.
But instead of spending her last months sobbing, Watt decided to embark on an epic adventure and do everything they had always wanted to do before Gizelle died.
"It was my mission for us to indulge and explore life's joys," Watt says.
"Ride in the canoe." First, the fantastic duo set out on a boat ride, honoring their favorite scene from "The Little Mermaid."
"See the Times Square." Like most New Yorkers, the two were "a little repulsed" by the famous landmark, but this occasion called for a visit.
"Cook lobster in Maine." Gizelle had the chance to meet some unusual friends from the sea, but only for a short while. Soon they were sent to a pot and cooked to perfection.
"Eat ice cream on a dock." Watt and Gizelle had a lovely time watching boats float by and enjoying vanilla ice cream.
"Go on a road trip." A four-day girls only road trip through New England blasting Taylor Swift and The Beach Boys. Talk about a vacation!
"Cuddle as much as possible." A lapdog is a lapdog for life.
"Spend a whole day at Washington Square Park." They were serenaded by a man with a broken guitar, met a guy with a fish tattoo on his face and helped a lady in red kimono feed the pigeons.
"Go to a party and meet a cute boy dog." Gizelle and her new four-legged friend, Auggie.
"Find the best doughnut in the world." Looks like they succeeded!
"Meet Santa." Watt was told that Gizelle wouldn't make it till Christmas, so she knew it was a must to meet Santa. Or at least his little helpers.
"Sit on the beach in the winter." This was the last photo of Watt and Gizelle's adventure.
That final trip not only helped Watt cope with the loss of her pet, but also to see life for what it is: "a sweet, simple, precious adventure."
(All images courtesy of Lauren F. Watt)
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