NEBRASKA — 14 months ago, in May 2015, Bella a beautiful Chocolate Labrador was given only three to six months to live. Diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a cancer, that had spread to her lungs, Bella’s dad, Robert Kugler was advised by veterinarians that she should have her front leg amputated. Though they cautioned him that removing her leg would not save her, it would only give her more time. With a terminal diagnosis, and cancer in her lungs, Bella has beat all the odds.
Following the surgery, and her recovery, Kugler decided to take Bella on an monumental journey. They headed across the country, and made special memories every day along the way. They embarked on a five month adventure that, at the time, was thought to be her ‘farewell trip’. Kugler says,
“We…covered thousands of miles … with many havens on couches and guest beds of the friends I’ve been fortunate enough to make across the country in my short lifetime. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience.”
After three months back home in Nebraska Bella was still in remarkably great shape, Kugler realized their journey wasn’t over. He decided to pack what he could in a bag, leave the rest of his belongings in storage, and once again he’s taken to the road with Bella by his side.
Kugler, a veteran marine, has experienced a great deal of loss in recent years. His brother died in Iraq in 2007, and his sister passed away in an accident in 2014. The impact of losing his loved ones changed his “perspective on life.” He believes his purpose now is to be with Bella, and to make each and every one of their remaining days together special. He’s documenting their adventures, allowing his close to 75,000 Instagram followers to share in the joys of their journey.
You too can follow their story, and catch up every adventure they’ve shared on his Instagram. The photographs are remarkable, inspirational, capturing Bella’s true spirit and powerful bond these two share.