Last Updated on July 8, 2023 by Fumipets
Beloved Senior Dog Annie, Famous for Her Bucket List, Passes Away at 20
Celebrating the life of Annie, the resilient Black Lab mix, whose last year was filled with unprecedented adventures, forever leaving paw prints on the hearts of her 38,000+ Instagram followers.
The Vibrant Legacy of Annie, The Black Labrador
Annie, the resilient Black Lab mix who captured hearts worldwide after she was brought to a Texas shelter with a short one-month prognosis, gracefully completed her journey of life one day after her 20th birthday. Annie’s story began in the summer of 2022 when she was surrendered to Dallas Animal Services, with veterinarians predicting she had only a month to live due to her declining health.
An Unplanned Journey Filled with Love and Affection
Hearing the somber news, long-time friends Lauren Siler and Lisa Flores stepped in, determined to provide Annie with a loving foster home. Their mission: to fill Annie’s remaining days with joy, love, and new experiences. The compassionate duo set about making every moment count, transforming Annie’s grim prognosis into a life-affirming adventure that lasted nearly a year longer than expected.
From Foster Dog to Instagram Star
In the process, Annie not only defied the odds but also rose to social media stardom, amassing a following of over 38,000 Instagram fans, keenly interested in her adventures and the love showered upon her by Siler and Flores.
Celebrating Life Despite the Odds
The duo, in coordination with The Pawerful Rescue – the organization they fostered Annie through, announced the sad news of her passing on Instagram. They reminded their followers that Annie’s story should be a celebration of her life: “Annie had the life we pray every senior dog we rescue gets to experience. She didn’t just live out this past year… she THRIVED!”
Annie’s Health and Their Heart-Wrenching Decision
Before her passing, Annie suffered from gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV) or bloat, a serious condition causing her stomach to flip 360 degrees. Despite the surgery being the only potential solution, Siler, Flores, and their veterinary team agreed that it would not be a compassionate choice for Annie. Instead, they decided to prioritize her comfort, making the heart-wrenching decision to let her go.
The Idea That Sparked Joy – Annie’s Bucket List
In a previous interview with PEOPLE, the foster parents discussed how they devised a unique way to ensure Annie’s remaining days were nothing short of spectacular – by creating a bucket list.
“When Lisa and I got her at the end of June, we were prepared for her to be with us for only a month. That’s when it sparked the idea, do a bucket list,” Siler revealed.
Moments of Joy: The Bucket List Journey
From simple pleasures like enjoying a car ride and going swimming to hosting a Christmas-in-July party, Annie’s bucket list was a vibrant mix of love and life. As she continued to outlive her initial prognosis, the list grew, incorporating experiences like a homemade dog treat making, a painting session, a mock baby shower, and a delightful hamburger tour.
Annie: A True Inspiration
Annie’s compelling journey resonated with thousands of people worldwide, who followed her adventures and sent an outpouring of love and support through fan mails and over 500 valentines on Valentine’s Day alone.
A Tribute to Annie’s Legacy
In their farewell post to their beloved foster dog, Siler and Flores suggested a way for fans to honor Annie: “The BEST way to honor Annie is to foster or adopt a senior dog. Trust me… you won’t regret it.”
As we remember Annie, let us celebrate her spirit and resilience, reminding ourselves of the joy and love that older pets can bring into our lives.