Skip to main content

Faithful dog is given months to live, so owner creates a Bucket List


When Olivia Anderson was dealt the heartbreaking news that her beloved dog Sadie didn't have long to live, she set about making sure the rest of her life was as happy as possible.

The 22-year-old Minnesota State University, Mankato student figured that if humans get "bucket lists" when they know they're going to die, why shouldn't dogs?

That's why she created "Sadie's Journey Through a Bucket List,"

11 years ago I received the best birthday present ever!

Posted by Sadie's Journey Through a Bucket List on Friday, September 25, 2015

">posting updates on Facebook that shows her faithful Sheltie enjoying a series of activities planned for her.

"I got her for my 11th birthday so I've had her for 11 years, she's basically the best companion," Anderson told KEYC. "This is my way of giving and thanking her for the years she's given me."

KEYC notes that so far Sadie, who has been diagnosed with cancer has been taken on a motorcycle ride, ran a 5k, and seen the holiday lights.

Number 13, "be a TV star," happened on Saturday morning when Sadie appeared on WCCO.

"There’s no point in being sad and sulking about it. I mean, I don’t want to be sad because she picks up on that," she told the TV station. "So this is my way of being happy about it and making sure that she’s happy and enjoying every last day that she has."

Anderson is hoping her pet will be able to have one last Christmas with her family in South Dakota, but that's not guaranteed with a posting on Tuesday revealing Sadie's cancer had spread, and for now they are taking things "day by day."

You can follow Sadie's adventures at 

11 years ago I received the best birthday present ever!

Posted by Sadie's Journey Through a Bucket List on Friday, September 25, 2015

">"Sadie's Journey Through a Bucket List."

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild win battle of NHL's hottest teams, extend winning streak to six

Kirill Kaprizov delivered a shootout winner to take down the Maple Leafs.

Eric Kendricks

Vikings downgrade Eric Kendricks to out against Lions

The Vikings have also activated Michael Pierce from injured reserve.

u.s. attorney

Minnesotan sentenced after assaulting man with baseball bat

Marshall Wayne Boshey was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Target store

Target's gift card discount is back, but for this weekend only

The fine print: for Target Circle members only (but membership is free).

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Minneapolis teen arrested in St. Cloud after fleeing police in stolen vehicle

The vehicle was stolen in a car-jacking in Minneapolis Thursday.

snow, blowing snow

Winter storm warnings issued with heavy snow set to slam MN

Parts of northern Minnesota could see more than a foot of snow, but there won't be much in the Twin Cities.

D'Angelo Russell

With KAT out, Timberwolves can't upset Nets

D'Angelo Russell stepped up but couldn't overcome Brooklyn's firepower.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.


Woman credits faithful dog and punctual mailman for saving

Emma Iverson spent 20 hours stranded and alone outside her rural home after she fell and could not get up. Her dog, Crackers, stayed with her and chased off racoons and coyotes until the mailman found her the next day. Nurses said she probably wouldn't have made it more than a few more hours.

Stolen Chaska dog is found, reunited with its owners

Police are still investigating who took him.