When a woman found out that she only had months to live because of her terminal illness, her pooch Bailey became a significant source of comfort. Eventually, she had to move to Washington from Minnesota to receive treatment and be with friends during her final days.
The fur mom intended to bring Bailey with her, of course. But when she contacted the airline, the staff told her that the canine wasn’t allowed on the flight.
See, Bailey was a pug mix, so he may experience breathing difficulties once he’s tens of thousands of feet above the ground. His fur mom didn’t give up easily, though, and sought help from a veterinary clinic.
The clinic contacted Spot’s Last Stop Canine Rescue, a nonprofit organization based in the Twin Cities. Ryan Chukuske, who fosters for the rescue, learned about Bailey and decided to step up to the challenge.
He offered to drive 27 hours to Washington so that Bailey and his fur mom would not have to stay apart for long. To make sure that he and the pooch could start their journey immediately, Ryan paid for the trip himself.
Meanwhile, his wife set up a GoFundMe page to recoup his expenses. The couple ended up raising more than double their original goal of $1,000, and they donated the extra money to Spot’s Last Stop.
Ryan explained that he didn’t hesitate one bit to help the woman because he believes that everyone deserves something good, especially when they’re nearing the end of their life. Also, he enjoyed driving 1,500 miles with Bailey.
The pooch turned out to be one of the best travel companions anyone could ask for. The well-behaved boy sat quietly in the passenger seat, enjoying the sights and looking forward to being with his fur mom again.
The pair soon reached Washington, where Ryan dropped Bailey off at the home of his fur mom’s friend in Vancouver. He and the canine’s owner never got to meet, but Ryan was glad to have been of help all the same. Watch him with Bailey in the video below:
A Minnesota man is going above and beyond to help reunite a dog with its owner, who is terminally ill. When she tried to board the plane with her dog Bailey, she was told the animal was not allowed to fly. So a total stranger is driving the dog all the way to the Pacific Northwest to reunite the two of them. | https://cbsloc.al/2DbvA7V
Posted by WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota on Sunday, November 24, 2019