What a wonderful friendship:
It was the worst possible news you could get about your best buddy.
Bone cancer, so a leg is amputated. But it gets worse. The cancer's spread to the lungs. Now it's a terminal condition.
So what do you do?
Robert Kugler decide to take his best friend -- a three-legged chocolate lab named Bella -- on one last, legendary ride.
"This is one of the biggest connections I've ever had to another living being. I don't care that it's a dog," said Kugler, who's from Broken Bow, Nebraska.
Kugler found out last year that Bella was dying of cancer. He had adopted her as a puppy nine years ago and wasn't anyway ready to let her go.
Such a great adventure. It brings tears to my eyes.
While Bella had been given only 3-6 months when diagnosed, she's survived a lot longer and is still going.
Kugler put it best:
"Some days I'm completely prepared. I pictured her just swimming out to sea," he said. "But there's other days when I'm like, oh my God, I can't bear the thought of it."
But whenever and wherever it happens, he'll be with her. It's part of the job of being best buds with a dog.
"We take on these animals, which means we're gonna take on their life and their passing," Kugler said. "To be there with them when they pass is the greatest gift you can give anybody."