11-Year-Old Boy's 'Bucket List' for His Dying Service Dog Breaks Our Hearts

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bingo and coleWarning: Unless you happen to be some kind of cyborg or something, this story will make you cry. Especially if you're a mom, and you're a mom who also loves dogs, well ... hope you're wearing waterproof mascara. But really, all you need to moved by this story is a beating heart.

See, 11-year-old Cole Hein's dog Bingo really is his best friend. Cole has a potentially fatal form of apnea, which can make his breathing suddenly stop. Bingo (a Jack Russell terrier) is a service dog trained to recognize the sound Cole makes when he's about to stop breathing and bark to let people know he needs CPR. The adorable little dog has saved Cole's life countless times. She's visited him in the hospital and stuck by his side as he went through extensive medical testing and recovered from surgery. Now Cole is returning the favor.

Diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, Bingo has only weeks to live. And thanks to the "bucket list" Cole created for his ailing companion, those weeks might be the best of her life.

Bingo's "lick-it" list, as Cole calls it, includes everything Cole wants to do with Bingo before she passes away:

1) Cole would like his friends and family to send Bingo dog treats from where ever they live so that Bingo can "TASTE" world.

2) Take Bingo for one last "public" outing to Ruckers. It is a place that you go and play video games etc ...

3) To walk around the block twice with Bingo but Cole broke it down to 1 block one day and then the 2nd block the next day.

4) A photo shoot with just Bingo and Cole (this has already been arranged)

I know, I know. So unbelievably sweet. I can't imagine how Mandi must feel, knowing that in spite of the pain her son is going through, he's thinking only of his beloved pet. Not to mention how emotionally attached she must be to Bingo -- before the dog came along in 2005, raising her three children required the 24/7 assistance of nurses and health care workers (Cole's dad was also deployed to Afghanistan at that time). Bingo saved her family's life.

The Heins aren't asking for financial donations, just dog treats (leftovers will be donated to a local shelter). Check out Bingo's Facebook page for more info.

Will you send dog treats to Bingo? (When you stop crying?)


Image via Bingo Hein/Facebook

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brand... brandspanknnew

This has got to be the sweetest thing ever. It's nice to hear of such a kind child who cares so much about another living creature when all of the new these days is of children being killed, abused, or even commiting crimes and abuse themselves.

Torra... TorranceMom

How do I get their mailing info if I'm not on FaceBook?

Carmen Rasmussen

How about a link to the facebook page..


Shawna Taubner


Contact the Winnipeg Free Press, that's where the story first appeared, I'm sure they could help you get in touch.


linzemae linzemae

My eyes are leaking...

kerwo... kerwolfe712

I hope they are able to fulfill the list!  I lost my dog last summer to Canine Cognitive Dysfunction last summer when he was 14.  It was horrible to see how much he struggled in the last few weeks of his life.  

Misty... Misty.Dawn

oh man, this is so sad. But so sweet of Cole. Ill definitely send some treats!

Tina Jackson

I guess I'm a cyborg :/ It's sweet for sure, but not tear worthy.

Joann Aravena

where do i send the dog treats too. there is no address someone let me know

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