Rescue Employees Helps Service Canine Identified With Most cancers Full “Bucket Checklist”

Wonka the service canine has solely spent just a few years on this planet, however he’s managed to perform a lot in that point. Within the final two months since his analysis with terminal most cancers, the 6-year-old Golden Retriever has been even busier than traditional. Hearts Alive Village, the rescue group the place Wonka works, put collectively a “bucket record” of adventures for his final days.

Kelly McMahon, Wonka’s handler, additionally serves as Hearts Alive’s Director Of Operations. There Wonka each works full time as McMahon’s service canine and a greeter on the adoption middle. Wonka initially got here to McMahon via a company referred to as Canine Help.


Wonka has many skills, together with (however not restricted to) choosing up dropped gadgets and turning on and off gentle switches. Certainly one of his most spectacular skills, for my part, is his capacity to supply consolation to different animals at Hearts Alive. McMahon advised Fox5 he simply has a expertise for calming.

“He has a approach of– some kind of doggy language. [Wonka] can discuss to them and allow them to know, it’s going to be okay.” 


Wonka’s Illness

The difficulty for Wonka started in December 2019, Hearts Alive shared on Fb.

“Over a month in the past, it began with some sneezing.. snotty after which a bloody nostril… After attempting all we may to deal with his worsening signs, Dr. Muratore did a head xray and found Wonka’s whole proper nasal passage was blocked with unexplained tissue.”

Ultimately, the vet identified Wonka with Chondrosarcoma, a situation that assaults cartilage. The illness has no treatment.


As a substitute of subjecting the pup to painful remedies, McMahon needed to offer her service canine and finest pal the happiest final days.

“Mother says we don’t need to do all that radiation stuff. She doesn’t need me to get damage or burnt. We determined to simply have enjoyable cuz I’m feeling fairly good. We began a listing of my favourite issues.” – @wonkasway by way of Instagram

What’s On Wonka’s Bucket Checklist

Wonka’s bucket record is fairly prolonged, so listed here are some highlights he’s but to hit:

  • Go on ‘Ellen’
  • Take an image with the Vegas Golden Knights
  • Get a doggie therapeutic massage
  • Go on a ship trip
  • Go to a canine seashore
  • Go to a comedy membership
  • Be an additional in a film
  • Swim within the ocean
  • Eat on the desk at a elaborate restaurant
  • Make it into the newspaper
  • Make a toddler’s want come true
  • Go to the Pure Historical past Museum
  • March in a parade

However since Wonka’s been busy, listed here are some issues on the record he already achieved:

  • Seem in an area journal article
  • Play on the K9 unit’s coaching course
  • Meet a NASCAR driver
  • Experience in a police automotive
  • Get married
  • Have a slumber get together
  • Get a portrait painted
  • Interrupt a yoga class 
  • Be a deal with tester
  • Go to a fireplace station

Observe Wonka’s bucket record journey on Instagram. That’s additionally a technique to assist him cross off one thing on his record: change into a social media celebrity.

H/T: Fox5
Featured Picture: @wonkasway/Instagram

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