Abandoned dog living out final years checking off ‘bucket list’ in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – A Lakeland couple is making sure their 17-year-old rescued Chihuahua’s golden years are his best, experiencing the love every dog should, the love he missed out on during years of abuse and neglect.

Tiffany and Billy Hutto rescued Coffee Bean after he was left abandoned and abused on a street in Miami.

The Huttos have now created a bucket list for Coffee Bean and are determined to check off as many items as possible. Coffee Bean has met Miss Florida, walked on the beach at sunset, and had a massage, complete with a manicure and pedicure.

“I wanted him to know what it felt like to have unconditional love. So I decided, why not do ia bucket list,” his new mom Tiffany Hutto told WFLA.

Tiffany contacted the city hoping to fulfill a few more items.

Coffee Bean met City Manager Tony Delgado and was presented a “Bone to the City”.

A trip to the Lakeland Fire Department made this little dog’s day when he got to sit in a big fire truck.

Coffee Bean was also made an honorary K-9 for the day, with a badge placed around his neck by Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens.

“I would say perseverance. Leading that kind of life and still have the will to get up and go and live out 17 years is pretty Extraordinary,” Lakeland Police Officer and K-9 Handler Chad Whitaker said.

“We picked things around here that wouldn’t be so difficult to do, and wouldn’t tire him out. I think it’s helped him perk up because when we got him he was severely depressed,” Hutto said.

They found Coffee Bean two months ago at  Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue in Pinellas County. The organization rescues dying, critically ill and old dogs.

According to the owner of the nonprofit rescue, Jaime Mcknight, Coffee Bean was a critical case. When he was rescued, she spent weeks at a vet clinic trying to save him when he originally arrived.

His new family has several dogs with special needs.

Hutto said she hopes to encourage other people to adopt animals with special conditions.

As for Coffee Bean, he still has more items to cross off his list.

You can follow Coffee Bean at his Facebook page.

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