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When Rob Kugler took his chocolate lab, Bella, to the vet for a shoulder injury last May, he was met with some crushing news: Bella’s injury was actually cancer. Veterinarians amputated Bella’s leg and gave her only three to six months to live. Kugler, who adopted Bella nine years ago when she was a puppy, decided to drop everything and take Bella on the farewell journey of a lifetime.
“I just didn’t want her to be gone one day when I came home,” said Kugler.
“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 said.
Kugler, a Marine vet, started the trip with a visit to the Marine Corps ball, then kept on driving. They’ve driven all over place, from Niagara Falls to the nation’s capitol, taking in the smells and peeing on the sites.
Bella was given no more than six months to live. But as she sticks her head out the window of the Toyota 4Runner somewhere in Bonita Springs, Florida, it has been 14 months since the diagnosis. Neither of them looks like they’ll be stopping anytime soon..
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