When Lauren Watt learned in 2015 that her best friend and dog, Gizelle, had cancer and wouldn’t live much longer, she created a bucket list of all the things they wanted to do together before Gizelle passed away.
One of the first things that came to mind was the fact they’d never been to the beach together. In fact, there were a lot of things they hadn’t done yet: eating ice cream, going pumpkin picking. Those are the things that turned into Gizelle’s bucket list. Completing the items on the list was bittersweet. One of their best times was a trip to the beach, where Gizelle got to play in the waves, and dog and owner napped together on the sand.
On their last night, Watt made steaks. That’s how she knew it was the end, she writes: Gizelle barely lifted her head when the steak was ready. Months before, she would have wolfed it down. “My heart hurt miserably,” she writes of the day in 2015 she took her best pal for a final ride to the vet. But “I knew that we had the best adventures we possibly could have had.”
Two years later, Watt still thinks of Gizelle every day. In August 2016, she adopted a basenji mix named Bette. “I know Gizelle is happy I have a new friend,” said Watt, who moved to Los Angeles in 2016. “Dogs help us live in the moment.”
She wrote a book about the experience and it comes out tomorrow! Gizelle’s Bucket List: My Life With a Very Large Dog
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A 99-year-old man in Wisconsin has spent much of his life collecting tools. And now, just before his 100th birthday, he’s decided to donate his amazing collection to his local historical society.
Ray Arndt says he started buying old tools at auctions when he was a teenager – and got hooked.
His collection features corn and potato planters, saws and hammers, and wrenches of all sizes, with many tools dating back to before the Civil War.
And now, his dream of having a museum and allowing the public to see what he's collected through the decades is coming true, thanks to the Marion Area Historical Society, which will be the permanent home for the display.
Ray admits that he still has his eyes open for new stuff and is still collecting – and will be happy to add any new pieces to the museum.