Life never comes with guidelines. Neither does it come with a definite schedule. Ask Robert Kluger, a Marine vet, whose chocolate Labrador Bella was diagnosed with cancer last year.
After that, his life changed, and he decided to take an epic road trip with Bella and travel the United States with her, before settling in for a job. 14 months later, Kluger and Bella have no intention of stopping and they’ve travelled far and wide, making many friends, and most importantly, memories.
In May of 2015, a beautiful chocolate lab named Bella was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, aka bone cancer. Her owner, Nebraska-based Robert Kugler, was told that either Bella’s front leg should be amputated or she should be put down right away because she was in pain. The decision to amputate Bella’s leg was made and she was given three to six months to live, because cancer had spread to her lungs. After the surgery, Kugler decided to take his furry best friend on a final farewell adventure.
Kugler and Bella traveled to a bunch of places across the country including Chicago, Key West, Nashville, and Savannah – but the journey isn’t over yet! Now, 14 months later, the happy pair are still traveling the country and enjoying each others company. As Robert Kugler said: “Bella is doing pretty darn awesome.” You can follow their journey on Instagram or rklifeillustrated.com.
In May 2015 Robert Kugler’s pup, Bella, was diagnosed with cancer and given three to six months to live
So Kugler decided to take her on a farewell road trip across the country
Kugler had just finished school and instead of heading straight to the job market…
He decided to spend time with his pup
They visited Chicago, hit up the Northeastern United States, then head to Florida
When they got back home to Nebraska, “it just didn’t seem complete” – Robert wrote
“The journey wasn’t over….yet there we were…back where we started as if we never left”
So when the opportunity came up, they hit the road again
This time, Robert and Bella traveled to places like Southern Missouri, Kentucky, and Nashville
And today, 14 months later…
The pair is still traveling the country and enjoying each others company
As for Bella…
Well, according to Robert she’s doing “pretty darn awesome”