Support Dog Travels From Oregon To Texas After Her Human Dies Suddenly

Written by: Molly Weinfurter
Molly Weinfurter is a writer for iHeartDogs, and she’s passionate about helping animals in need. She volunteers for Bailing Out Benji and a local dog rescue.Read more
| Published on July 22, 2021

Cami, an emotional support dog, had a chaotic week after her human suddenly passed away. She was by his side for his final breath, but then she was taken to an Oregon animal shelter. Cami’s other family members were in Texas, and she had no way of traveling that far to be with them.

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But luckily, an animal rescue had a dog transport going from Texas to Cami’s location. So, they kindly offered to go out of their way to bring her toward familiar faces. The transition to life without her dad will be hard, but many supportive humans are working hard to keep her life as relaxing as possible from now on.

Man with emotional support dog
Image: Feliz Susana Facebook

Offering Support Forever

James Northcott, commonly known as “Trey,” lived in Texas for most of his life, but recently moved to Eugene, Oregon for a change of scenery. His emotional support dog named Cami stayed by his side every step of the way. Trey struggled with substance addiction and his mental health, and Cami was always there to comfort him during the highs and lows in his life.

But on July 4th, 2021, Trey passed away unexpectedly. He suffered from a pulmonary embolism. Many believe that Cami tried to seek help for her human, but medical professionals didn’t arrive in time. Trey took a nap and never woke up. Of course, Cami still refused to leave his side through it all.

“Emergency came, and they said they really worked hard on him, but it was too late, but Cami was there to see it all, and we are really, really glad she was with him,” Trey’s mother, Susan Cox, said. “I just hope the last few months of his life were the best there in Oregon.”

Dog who lost her human
Image: Screenshot, @asrpets/Facebook

With no other family in Oregon, Cami was transported to Greenhill Humane Society. Trey’s family in Texas wanted to fly Cami to them, but she was too big to ride in the cabin of the plane. They were beginning to lose hope until Danielle Stewart, the president and founder of Apollo Support and Rescue, heard their story.

Cami Heads Home

Stewart was on a mission to transport dogs from Texas to pre-approved adopters up north. She was headed back toward Texas anyway, so someone reached out to her about Cami.

“They shared the story and said, ‘Hey aren’t you going up to the Pacific Northwest for dog adoptions, and I said, I sure am,” Stewart said. “So, she shared the story with me, and it immediately touched my heart.”

Dog ready for transport
Image: Screenshot, @asrpets/Facebook

Without hesitation, Stewart made plans to pick up Cami and bring her home. At the shelter, they hadn’t known the pup’s name at first, so they named her Sammy. It was only a coincidence that the two names were so similar.

Stewart posted a Facebook live video of her picking up Cami and putting her in the transport van. Despite going through so much heartbreak, Cami is enthusiastic and loves to give kisses to everyone she meets. She was a perfect passenger during the drive across the country.

Now, Cami is home with many familiar faces, including Trey’s girlfriend, mom, and sister. She can’t bring her best friend back to life, but she can still live her life to the fullest, thanks to everyone fighting for her. Her big journey back to Texas was worth it!

Featured Image: Feliz Susana Facebook and Screenshot, @asrpets/Facebook 

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