50 things your dog should do before it dies

I make no secret of the fact that our dog Picasso is pretty much a member of our family.

I recently came across this list of things a dog should do, and I am so happy to say that our little guy is well on his way to making it through this list.

From his first day with us.. he has been working through this list.

1. Flop down in front of a morning fire 

2. Go for a swim in the sea

3. Go mad in the snow


4. Dig up a flower bed

Sheila taught him when he was a puppy…

5. Do the ‘Beethoven’ shake and soak everyone around you

6. Have your own spot on the sofa

7. Accompany your owner on a run/cycle ride

8. Attend a family picnic

9. Help your owner bad a date (not really sure what this one is??)

10. Cheer your owner up when they are down

11. Visit a different continent

12. Roll around in a really stinky, muddy puddle


13. Ruin a pair or slippers or shoes

14. Sleep in your owners bed

15. Wake your owner with a big wet sloppy kiss

16. Chase a cat during a dream (we think this is done)

17. Learn the word for ‘sit’ in another language en espanol por favor!

18.  Join a football game in a park    

19. Meet a famous dog

20. Try your paws at dancing

21. Convince your owner you can howl English words

22. Get filthy within 30 minutes of a bath

23. Howl along with your favourite song

24. Ride in an open top car – Back of a pickup?

25. Learn to skateboard

26. Have a personalised Christmas stocking

27. Show the postman who’s boss

28. Be a ring bearer at a wedding

29. Try to follow a squirrel up a tree

30. Go to work with your owner

31. Have your own social media page

32. Bound through a forest


33. Have a personalised kennel

34. Go on a boat and get your sea legs


35. Play frisbee on the beach

36. Receive your own birthday card

37. Steal someone’s lunch when they’re not looking

38. Watch an entire episode of ‘The Washing Machine’

39. Eat doggy ice cream

40. Create a diversion and steal another dog’s dinner

41. Rug a doggy marathon

42. Receive a doggy birthday cake

43. Rip the stuffing out of a pillow or cushion


44. Unwrap birthday presents

45. Watch Lassie on TV

46. Be in a family portrait


47. Have a stand off with your own reflection

48. Have a favourite local pub

49. Star in a YouTube video

50. Sleep in a boutique dog hotel

So, Picasso has not done it all.. but he is well on his way. Anyone want to help him on his way to these 50? He loves life, and we intend to continue helping him keep loving it!


4 thoughts on “50 things your dog should do before it dies

  1. shme

    Picasso is the greatest dog ever. I never dreamed that having a dog could be this awesome. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Our little baby is a great friend, runner, hiker, protector, snuggler, play fighter, burper, beggar, and all around punk. I love our little family. ❤


  2. shme

    p.s. i wasn’t teaching him to dig up the flower bed, i was showing him NOT to dig up my peppers. which was clearly a mistake, and now i know that i should never show him things i don’t want him to mess with. haha.


  3. Heather@Just a Colorado Gal

    I LOVE THIS POST!!! Tals has checked quite a few off too, but not all of them. I would never allow her to be a ring bearer….she chases rabbits and other critters way too much to be reliable! 🙂


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