Has Your Dog Done These Fifty Things?

I’m always looking around for new additions to the Marking Our Territory Bucket List.  Recently I found an article in the UK’s Telegraph that listed fifty experiences every dog should have and I thought it would be good to see how Eko’s experiences stacked up so far.  I crossed off the numbers of the ones Eko has taken care of and I included some of my favorite photos along the way.  Check out the list below and let me know what you think of it.  Also, if you are British we need your help understanding a few of these!

1. Flop down in front of a morning fire

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You rang?

2. Go for a swim in the sea

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Eko right before he abandoned ship for a swim in the Atlantic

3. Go mad in the snow – Yup! Video evidence here.

4. Dig up a flower bed - Luckily Eko has never made a break for it and torn up a flower bed.  Hope to keep it that way!

5. Do the ‘Beethoven’ shake and soak everyone around you - Every. single. bath.

6. Have your own spot on the sofa

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Check

7. Accompany your owner on a run/cycle ride

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Oh yeah!

8. Attend a family picnic – Eko has always been a friendly pup, but one of the ways I socialized him was bringing him along to summertime family parties.  He’s always welcome…now that I think about it, Eko is probably the only reason I still get invited to family gatherings.

9. Help your owner bad a date – Hey, Brits!  Is this some kind of typo here, or does “bad a date” mean something to you guys?  It sounds like something Hugh Grant would say in a romantic comedy, so I can’t be sure it’s a typo.  Let me know!

10. Cheer your owner up when they are down 

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A hug a day keeps bad feelings away

11. Visit a different continent – Now this is one we need to add to our list!  Gotta dream big.

12. Roll around in a really stinky, muddy puddle – Yup.  Eko thought more of it as a really awesome, fun, splash maker.

13. Ruin a pair or slippers or shoes – I don’t think you can officially be a dog until you ruin your first pair of your human’s favorite shoes.

14. Sleep in your owners bed 

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Sometimes he forgets to leave room for me!

15. Wake your owner with a big wet sloppy kiss

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“Morning, Will!”

16. Chase a cat during a dream – It’s the best part of watching him sleep!  His feet twitch and he sleep barks like crazy.

17. Learn the word for ‘sit’ in another language – I taught Eko a little Spanish while we traveled along the Mexican border

18. Join in a football game in the park – This list is certainly not referring to American football.  Regardless, Eko has played every game of every sport with a ball.  In fact, I still owe my friend a kickball after Eko played a little bit too hard!

19. Meet a famous dog

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At the National Dog Show we got to meet Eli, a famous 9/11 therapy dog

20. Try your paws at dancing – Another one for our list.

21. Convince your owner you can howl English words – A couple times I’ve sworn that I could hear Eko whine “coommme onnnn” when he was hungry…

22. Get filthy within 30 minutes of a bath – Another requirement for all dogs.

23. Howl along with your favorite song – Eko doesn’t usually howl, but he wailed along with this harmonica player.

24. Ride in an open top car – Not yet.

25. Learn to skateboard – Already on our list!  We’re working on it.

26. Have a personalized Christmas stocking – Another one to take care of.

27. Show the postman who’s boss – Can’t we all just get along?

28. Be a ring bearer at a wedding –  Easyyy.  We can kick this one down the road.

29. Try to follow a squirrel up a tree – What’s the fun of being a dog if you don’t rip out your human’s shoulder while chasing after a squirrel.

30. Go to work with your owner

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Another day at the office

31. Have your own social media page – Yup, check it out here.

32. Bound through a forest

33. Have a personalized kennel –  Nope, but Eko can’t read that well, so I don’t think he minds.

34. Go on a boat and get your sea legs

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Ready for adventure on land or sea

35. Play frisbee on the beach

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A little frisbee and a lot of romping – Eko loves nothing more than a trip to the beach

36. Receive your own birthday card

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Eko had a rocking birthday in Memphis

37. Steal someone’s lunch when they’re not looking – Never!  Well… he may have tried when he was a puppy, but luckily I always caught him.  I think.

38. Watch an entire episode of ‘The Washing Machine’ –  British people, you’re up!  What the heck is The Washing Machine?

39. Eat doggy ice cream

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Frosty Paws are Eko’s favorite!

40. Create a diversion and steal another dog’s dinner – My mom’s dog, Scout, has fallen victim to Eko’s thievery more than once.

41. Rug a doggy marathon – Not sure what this one is exactly.  Any ideas?

42. Receive a doggy birthday cake – Guess I know what I’m getting Eko in February.

43. Rip the stuffing out of a pillow or cushion – I have a small graveyard of cushions that Eko got to as a puppy

44. Unwrap birthday presents

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It counts if he unwraps himself, right?

45. Watch Lassie on TV – Haven’t seen Lassie but we just watched an awesome dog documentary.  Check it out. 

46. Be in a family portrait – We have plenty of photos together, but not a family portrait. Yet!

47. Have a stand off with your own reflection

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“Hello, handsome.”

48. Have a favorite local pub – Of course!  Eko loves our trips to Wrightwood Tap.

49. Star in a YouTube video

Just one of many!

50. Sleep in a boutique dog hotel – 

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It doesn’t get much more boutique than a hotel with a pet-friendly wine tasting!

Eko can check off most of this list, but it gave me a few great ideas to update our own bucket list.  What do you guys think of the Telegraph’s list?  Are there any additions you would make?  I’m always looking for new adventures and challenges for Eko and I to tackle, so let me know!

46 thoughts on “Has Your Dog Done These Fifty Things?

  1. Hey. I have a 5 year old ridgeback named moya. She is exactly the same as eko. Sleeps the same way on the couch, comes with me everywhere, also asked for food in a language similar to English, chases those dam cats in her dreams, and has made friends with every dog she has ever met. Just found your blog and love it. Keep up the good work, and posting those pics. Going to start crossing off things on the list as well. Once you get a ridgeback it’s the only dog you can have ever again.

  2. I cant wait till you post the next place. when im older, I so want to go on adventures with my dog. Do u know how to train a cocker Spaniel?

  3. Hi! I found your blog because I had the same question as you regarding question nº9 =) So I asked one of my best friends who’s English but… he was clueless too! after some research we discovered the UK National newspaper website had a typo and found the original list =) The question nº9 says: Help your owner bed a date (obviously as in sleep with whoever they are dating). I hope it helps! and what a lovely dog you have! Best wishes from Ireland and a high five paw from my dog.

    • THANK YOU!! That has been nagging at me since I read it. I know the Brits have all types of language quirks, so it could have been anything. The clarification is much appreciated. High fives all around.

  4. Hi Will,
    Its amazing how much my dog Reese looks like Eko. Reese is a hound not a Ridgeback but the similarity is amazing, down to mine being not yet two also.
    The sleeping positions are identical and the nose on the bed to wake you is the same.
    If you contact me Ill send some pictures.
    Thanks.

    • Eko is a Rhodesian Ridgeback and he tursn two next month. He’s trained to do tricks for treats, but that’s it so far. I’m hoping to have Eko get his Canine Good Citizen certificate in the future though.

  5. Its good to see you and Echo in your activities. I enjoy doing some of these things with my pet buddy. Please continue updating us on your adventures. Life can be good.

    • Thanks for stopping by! I update the blog every day during the week, so come back any time to check out what we’re getting into. And I couldn’t agree more – life can be quiet good – especially with a good pet by your side.

  6. Maybe they just mean watching the washing machine go. When I was a child,we had a front loading washer, and my sister and I would sit in front of it while it washed, like it was th TV or something.

  7. Eko looks mature by now. Lets remember dogs get old fast. I know Eko is full of energy, though. How about a little bit more relaxing activities for Eko. Anyway, I LOVE EKO.

    • Eko loves you right back! But the “old man” isn’t even two yet, so no sign of slowing down! That being said, he also loves relaxing by the fire and cozying up next to me in a blanket, so I think it’s a great idea to add a few more relaxing “adventures” to the list. Thanks for the idea

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  9. I think thats a typo bad = bag ) … the washing machine just refers to the fact that most washers are tiny front loaders with clear fronts over here (no dryers … my least favorite thing about living here!!) and most dogs find them entertaining (Wyatt didnt like the noises it made so hed run and hide ) and finally I vote you come visit me!! International travel should definitely be the next thing you cross off the list!!

  10. On our list.

    Catch a bird mid flight, just to play.

    Get over excited and wrap my owner and myself around a tree.

    Chase a squirrel without paying afternoon to the charging fence. Ouch.

    • Haha, Eko and I can definitely check off #2…multiple times. Good luck on #3 and I hope Eko never tries #1 because he won’t just want to play!

    • I’m not so much Eko’s owner as he is my court-appointed supervisor as dictated by the terms of my probation, but thanks!

    • Eko nosing me awake is definitely one of my favorite photos as well. I’m keeping any eye out for Chicago casting calls – Eko is ready for his big break!

  11. Here are a few to add that my ridgebacks have done:
    Lick someone’s tears and make them smile.
    Help birth a human baby. Really, my first ridgeback did that with help from a great dane.
    Open a peanut butter jar and consume the contents.
    Go for an overnight canoe adventure.
    Go winter camping (bring extra thermorest just for the dog)
    Forage for wild food (she eats berries and cattails and many other wild foods)
    Garden (Nala picks her own tomatoes, peppers, corn and kale).
    I’m sure there are more, but those come to mind right away!

    By the way, Nala was also a fine judge of character while I was dating. If she rejected the guy, she was always right. She loves the man I’m with, and approved him within minutes. Saved me a lot of time and hassle to have her expert opinion!

    • Wow, that is an amazing list! I’m definitely going to go camping with Eko this fall, but not sure exactly how to plan Eko saving the day for a newborn. I’ll leave that one to fate! And I agree – our pets are an excellent judge of character. Thanks for sharing!

  12. More bucket list items. Chopper into Abbottabad, Pakistan with SEAL Team Six to get Bin Laden. (Sorry, thats been done.) Eat a two pound box of Godiva Chocolates, wrapped and left under the Christmas tree AND LIVE. a la Shannydog. Invent and play a game of shove all the floating tennis balls into the pool skimmer a la Farley.

  13. I think #9 should be “bag” a date as in GET a date!
    I chase a cat EVERY day cause I live with one! But I love him
    These are great! I have done some of them but not nearly as many as you have!
    Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  14. Lola has managed quite a few on that list, although her favorites are still the ones that involve going to the beach. You should definitely try out #20. We had a blast taking a Canine Freestyle class.

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