The Animal Bucket List

Published May 9, 2012 by Maryanne

I hear so much about “bucket lists.” I decided to come up with one of my own.

While I started writing my bucket list, I realized my “must do before I die” list has everything to do with animals. Those who know me will not be surprised, as I’m the one who prefers having ground hogs in my backyard to a garden; the one who stops to pet each and every dog I meet in passing;ย  the one who longs to someday live on a farm; and the one who always has cat hair on her clothing.

So, here it is — My Official Bucket List (with the ones I’ve done already striked through!)

Ride a camel

Hold a koala bear

Ride an elephant

Own a ball python

Hold a baby pig

Swim with a dolphin

Own a pocket-sized poodle

Own a Chihuahua

Own an Italian Greyhound

Own a ferret

Come face-to-face with an eel while snorkeling! (which is why I no longer snorkel!)

Ride a horse on the beach with my husband (how romantic is this one?!)

Milk a cow or a goat

Eat frog’s legs (didn’t like them, tasted too much like chicken)

Hold a monkey

Watch a cat give birth

Watch a dog give birth

Hold a baby squirrel

Pet a baby tiger (make that “pet every cute baby animal there is on this planet!”)

Smuggle a grasshopper from Florida to New Jersey (I did that when I was 9, and the grasshopper lived in New Jersey until the end of the summer!)

Ride a horse, English-style, Western-style AND bare-back!

Teach a pet a trick (make that an impressive trick, I don’t think teaching a cat to go crazy for Super Goo counts!)

Continue to treat my cats with such love that they live until at least 20! (They are 16 and 18 now!)

And a few things that weren’t on my animal bucket list, that were not so coolย 

1. Got bit by a pig

2. Got bit by a squirrel

3. Got thrown from a horse

4. A pony stepped on my foot when I was 10 (a pony !! and it hurt like hell!!)

13 comments on “The Animal Bucket List

  • I’ve got to say an animal bucket list is genius. I love what you wrote. I will have to work on mine now that you’ve got me thinking.

    • Ooh, crazy about the mean goat! I actually had a goat snuggle me! I never realized they were so affectionate until Dennis and I stayed at this hotel in NH — they had a little farm in the back of the hotel. I’d get up every morning and feed the goats. They were adorable!

  • This is a really cool list. It’s impressive that you’ve done most of them already. I love this post! Anything with or about animals makes me happy happy!!!

  • Hehe — love this. And we have more in common than I even thought, fellow Leo — yep, I always have cat hair all over, pet all the dogs (or cats I meet), love farm animals….etc. One of the best days I remember was my visit to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen when I was out your way in ’07. If you haven’t gone, I recommend it…quality time with pigs, goats, sheep, cows, bunnies, and more. It was lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Julie I am INSANELY jealous!!! I always wanted to go the Farm Sanctuary — and it’s so close too!! I just never got around to it. Maybe that will be another thing to put on the animal bucket list! Email me some pictures if you feel like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Haha – you smuggled a grasshopper from Florida to New Jersey. A lot of these would be on my animal bucket list, but not that one. My favorite one here, one that I doubt I’ll ever do, is hold a koala bear. That would be awesome!! Celeste ๐Ÿ™‚

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