A man from Nebraska has been taking his cancer-stricken Labrador on an awesome road trip.
Bella, a 9-year-old chocolate Labrador, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2015. She had advanced osteosarcoma and was given only 3 to 6 months to live.
In an interview with WOWT, owner Robert Kruger said the vet told him that “it’s already in her lungs so you need to either take her leg today or put her down.”
Robert had to have one of the Labrador’s front legs amputated. For three months, Robert settled at home with Bella to cherish every moment together.
“But it didn’t feel complete,” Robert told Mashable. “She was still here, with so much life left.”
The chance to make Bella’s last days epic came when he gave a friend a ride to North Carolina.
“I decided to finish the southern route and make it to the Keys, which we did!” he said.
Robert, who had just graduated from college, decided to take the Labrador to a trip across the country instead of heading straight into the job market.
Photo: Rob Kugler/Facebook
The duo first went to Marine Corps Ball in Chicago first before going east, hitting up the Northeast. Bella and Robert then headed down south toward Florida. Then, he was called to help a veteran’s organization in Kansas City.
“I feel like right now this is my purpose. The chapter in my life right now is just exploring with my dog,” Kugler said.
Robert and Bella’s epic adventure was on and off since November but despite the halts, they aren’t showing signs of quitting just yet.
“Taking Bella to each state really isn’t the priority, it’s more having her along to experience my own ‘hero’s journey’ and appreciate each other’s spirit and life on the planet,” Robert told Mashable.
Bella’s cross-country adventure has been documented in Robert’s Instagram and it’s nothing short of awesome!
Have fun and live your life to the fullest, Bella.