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Selfless Man Drives Over 1,000 Miles To Reunite A Terminally Ill Woman With Her Dog

Written by: Amber LaRock
Amber LaRock is a writer and reviewer for iHD. She is a Licensed Vet Tech with 12 years of experience in the field, and she now creates informative content for pet parents.Read more
| Published on May 25, 2022

A Wisconsin woman’s life was uprooted when she discovered she was terminally ill, and that she and her pup would need to relocate to a friend’s house across the country for help during her last days. What already seemed like a nightmare was made even more heartbreaking once the airlines turned her dog away.

The staff at the airline explained to the distraught woman that because of her dog’s “smooshed face”, he would not be able to fly along with her due to the risks of respiratory distress. Because she needed immediate help, and being so seriously ill, she had no other choice than to drop her pup off at her veterinarian’s office.


As the woman dropped off her beloved companion at her vet’s office, she explained her desperate situation. The kind staff at the clinic promised they would do everything they could to help reunite the two, and reached out to Spot’s Last Stop Canine Rescue for help.

Spot’s Last Stop Canine Rescue is an organization based out of Minnesota that helps to foster homeless canines, find them loving homes, and everything in between! Once they began sharing this woman’s story with previous adopters through their program, they recruited the help of a selfless man who is dedicated to “paying it forward.”


Ryan Chukuske is an advocate for being kind to others and helping people in need as often as you can. Once he heard the details of this sad situation, he stepped up without hesitation. This dog was all the terminally ill woman had left, and he couldn’t stand the thought of them not being together during her last days.

Ryan soon set off on the cross-country adventure to reunite the lovable pup named Bailey with his favorite person. You’d think Bailey was a professional at this whole road trip thing, as he rode shotgun without a trace of fear!


“This is Bailey. His person is moving to Washington state to prepare for her journey into the next life. The airlines wouldn’t fly her dog so we’re off on a road trip to get this pup home to be with his mom. Be good to others. Journey on my friends!” – Ryan

The two soaked in the sights of the Pacific North West over their 3-day long journey together, and before they knew it, Bailey was in the arms of the caring friends that would care for the ill woman during her last stage of life.


Ryan was not able to meet the sick woman due to her being admitted to the ICU during their time on the road, but he was grateful for the opportunity to help regardless. Everyone is hopeful that Bailey’s mom will be out of the hospital and reunited with her furry best friend soon!

We are so amazed by Ryan’s selfless act to give the woman the opportunity to have her loyal companion by her side during this difficult time. We are sending all our love their way!

Image Source: RyanChukuske/Facebook

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