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Thanks to our friends at Expand Your Consciousness for sharing this story with us!

Last year, a beautiful chocolate lab named Bella was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, aka bone cancer. Of course, one of the inevitabilities of life is that all things eventually die – including man’s best friend. To cope with this reality and pay tribute to a beautiful chocolate lab named Bella – her owner and best friend Robert Kugler decided to go one last trip with his canine.

Bored Panda relays that, Kugler was informed that the lab with osteosarcoma needed to have her front leg amputated or be put down. In result, exactly that happened. However, Bella was given three to six months to live because the cancer had spread to her lungs.

Understanding that the lab’s time was running out, Kugler decided he and his furry best friend should have one last epic adventure. They left their home in Nebraska and traveled to many places in the nation, including Chicago, Key West, Nashville, and Savannah.

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Here’s the kicker, though. It’s been 14 months since Bella had her leg amputated, and she and Kugler are still enjoying life together! At present, they’re still traveling the country. The happy dog owner wrote on Instagram:“Bella is doing pretty darn awesome.” 

UPDATE: in late 2016, Bella sadly passed away but as you can see below, her final months were filled with adventure and joy–may we all be so lucky!

Following are some photos of Bella and Robert’s epic journey:

Bella was diagnosed with bone cancer.

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She was given 3 – 6 months to live.

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Fortunately, she’s made it 14 months!

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In that time, she and her caretaker have been traveling the U.S.

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She really is Robert’s best friend, and he embarked on this adventure to remind her of that.

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Today, 14 months later…

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You can follow their journey on Instagram or rklifeillustrated.com.

What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

This article, b Amanda Froelich(Owner Takes Dog With Cancer On Epic Road Trip To Bond Over Final Days [Photos]) is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author and TrueActivist.com. All photo credits: Robert Kugler

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