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We all have bucket lists – things we want to do before our time is up – and one animal rescue organization has made it their mission to ensure that a sweet four-year-old Pit Bull also gets to do all the things he dreams of before his journey ends. King, was left at a Houston shelter, suffering from heart failure as his guardian never gave him heartworm preventative medication. Heartworms are spread by mosquitos and are a big problem in places like Houston. Due to his illness, King’s liver and kidneys have shut down and it is only a matter of time before he is gone.

Despite his unfortunate circumstances, his incredible rescuers are making sure King gets to cross the items off his bucket list, and are documenting the process. Here are some of the items King has crossed off his list:

 Get lots of cuddly kisses.


Chew your bed up; have it replaced by your humans. Repeat. 


Become a rock star.


Teach children of the importance of taking good care of your pets.


Get a front row seat to the Puppy Bowl.


Celebrate holidays early.


Start the day with your favorite treat.


Be a starting quarterback.


Play, play, and more play.


Be on TV!


Be a fashion trendsetter. 


Give and receive all the love you can.




“What I love about King is that he is as happy as today will allow him to be,” his rescuers said, “He’s not wallowing in the past. He’s not harboring resentment towards his old owner. He’s just soaking it all in, giving kisses and eating all the meat. Live in the now. Let go of the past. Be bold. Be happy.”

While King’s prognosis is terminal, it warms our hearts to know that his last days will be spent in with the ones he loves!

To follow the rest of King’s bucket list items, follow the Houston Street Dogs Facebook page.

All image source: Houston Street Dogs/Facebook

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13 comments on “Awesome Rescuers Help Pit Bull With Terminal Heart Failure Complete His Bucket List”

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Bash-Lee Aka-Cash
2 Years Ago


Dorothea Senior
2 Years Ago

Why do owners mutilate their ears?

John W Abney
2 Years Ago

Good looking pit! See you on the other side someday.

Wendy Cunningham
2 Years Ago

So sad as he's so young but at least the time that's left will be happy & filled with le & fun.x

Linda Lyon
2 Years Ago


Tony Jordan
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Daniel Pearce
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Amanda Jane Smith

Amanda Jane Smith
12 Feb 2016

Made me sad happy

Lori Poole
2 Years Ago

Jenn Turner I thought you would like this since you're a bucket list fospice momma yourself <3

Jenn Turner
12 Feb 2016

Awww this is a new one... Love it!! Wish more people would do this for both animals and humans. Always live as though there was no tomorrow - because tomorrow may never get here. <3

Jenn Turner
12 Feb 2016

Awww this is a new one... Love it!! Wish more people would do this for both animals and humans. Always live as though there was no tomorrow - because tomorrow may never get here. <3

Where there is love there is life
2 Years Ago

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. With all matters of the heart, you'll know it when you find it."- Steve Jobs

John Kane
2 Years Ago

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