The playful, epic adventure of a 160-pound English Mastiff and the twentysomething girl who grew up alongside her—Marley & Me for a whole new generation.

Lauren Watt took her 160-pound English Mastiff to college—so of course after graduation, Gizelle followed Lauren to her first, tiny apartment in New York. Because Gizelle wasn’t just a dog; she was a roommate, sister, confidante, dining companion, and everything in between.

Together, Gizelle and Lauren went through boyfriends, first jobs, her mother’s struggle with addiction, and the ups and downs of becoming an adult in the big city. But when Gizelle got sick and Lauren realized her best friend might not be such a constant after all, she designed an epic bucket list to make the absolute most of the time they had left.

Bursting with charm, this unique, coming-of-age story of a girl making her way through life is a testament to the special way pets inspire us to live better, love better, and appreciate the simple pleasures. Gizelle’s Bucket List is the humorous, poignant lesson our pets teach us: to embrace adventure, love unconditionally, and grow into the people we want to be.


An inspirational, uplifting experience that will leave you feeling that anything is possible. For anyone who has had a pet; who has loved and lost; who has hoped for the future, this is an enchanting story of an unlikely journey that will stay with you for a long time.
- Elle UK
As much a story about growing up as about letting go of things that cannot be changed, Watt's book is also a reminder of the profound healing connection that can exist between humans and the pets they love. A tender, heartfelt story.
—Kirkus Reviews
Gizelle's Bucket List is an extraordinary book—wonderfully moving, beautifully written, and sure to resonate with anyone lucky enough to have loved an animal who changed her life. This one will earn a permanent spot in your library, and in your heart.
—Gwen Cooper, the New York Times bestselling author of HOMER’S ODYSSEY: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat
I laughed and cried. Everyone reading this will be touched by Lauren's amazing bucket list adventures with her dog Gizelle.
— James Bowen, bestselling author of A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob
Gizelle’s Bucket List explores the unique bond—a complete integration of spirits—that can occur between a human and a dog and make us better than who we were. Told with humor and compassion, this book will also move you to tears.
—Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of OOGY: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
Gizelle’s Bucket List is funny, sad, wise and uplifting. It made me laugh; it gave me many reflective moments about not putting requirements on people or dogs; and I’m glad I wasn't reading the ending in a public place.
—Ted Kerasote, author of MERLE’S DOOR: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
Gizelle’s Bucket List is a dream (and a dog) well worth reading about.
—Steve Wolf, author of COMET’S TALE: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life
Gizelle's Bucket List is a story that will be loved by anyone who has ever loved a dog. Lauren Fern Watt poignantly captures the unique joy and heartbreak of sharing one's life with a great dog and how such a dog's love and loyalty can carry us through life's moments big and small.
—Teresa Rhyne, the New York Times bestselling author of THE DOG LIVED (AND SO WILL I)

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