A former Marine has decided to do a “farewell tour” with his dog after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Robert Kugler took his chocolate lab Bella into the vet in May of 2015 thinking she has a shoulder injury. Instead, he was given heartbreaking news.
“They said this is the worst news I could give you; she had advanced osteosarcoma and it’s already in her lungs so you need to either take her leg today or put her down,” Kugler told WOWT6 of the cancer diagnosis. “I just didn’t want her to be gone one day when I came home.”
After amputating her leg and given only three to six months to live, Kugler decided to have Bella join him in exploring the country. Beginning in Chicago, the pair has to Nebraska, Niagara Falls, Washington D.C. and many places in between. They have experienced many adventures including visiting the Grand Ole Opry, eating pie and swimimng
Now going on 14 months, Bella and Kugler are now in Florida.
“I feel like right now this is my purpose. It’s the chapter in my life right now is just exploring with my dog,” he told the news outlet. “I just saw firsthand what happens when you don’t do what you want to do in your life and that’s that you don’t get to do it,” he said.
Here are some of our favorite parts of their journey.
Getting a bit of rock n’ roll in Nashville
Enjoying key lime pie in Key West, Florida
Doing what labs love do best: swimming in Key West, Florida
Hiking in Keene Valley, New York
Grateful for another day in Marco Island, Florida
Main image via Facebook/Robert Kugler