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A Dog Named Beautiful: A Marine, a Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home

A Dog Named Beautiful: A Marine, a Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home

by Rob Kugler


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An uplifting and unforgettable story of a US Marine, his extraordinary dog, and the road trip of a lifetime.

"A beautiful, beautiful book." — Jenna Bush Hager

When US Marine Rob Kugler returns from war he had given up not only a year of his life in service to his country, but he had also lost a brother in the fighting as well. Lost in grief, Rob finds solace and relief in the one thing that never fails to put a smile on his face: his chocolate lab Bella. Exceptionally friendly, and always with - you wouldn’t believe it - a smile on her face, Bella is the friend Rob needs, and they spend their days exploring nature and taking photos.

But then Bella develops a limp in her front leg. It’s cancer, and the prognosis isn’t good. Rob has a choice, either to let Bella go now, or amputate her cancer riddled leg, and see what the next few months would bring.

For Rob, the choice is a no-brainer, and instead of waiting at home for the cancer to spread, Rob and Bella pack their bags and hit the road. Life is short, but the road ahead is long and winding, and as they criss-cross the country Rob and Bella meet remarkable, life-changing men and women who are quick to make friends with this incredible three-legged dog. A Dog Named Beautiful is a book full of inspiration, hope, love, tears, and laughs. Enjoy the journey.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250164254
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,110,128
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Medically-retired US Marine Staff Sergeant Rob Kugler is a storyteller, photographer and writer. When he’s not on the road, he lives in Nebraska.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1 One Man and His Dog

1 A New Life on Three Legs 7

2 Let Out to Run Free 18

3 Only One Problem-Me 34

4 Everyone's a Friend 47

5 Gentle Warrior 62

Part 2 A Long Way from Home

6 Lemons 77

7 A Bird to Chase 91

8 Flag-Draped Box 108

9 I Will Never Leave You 128

10 A Sense of Accomplishment 145

11 My Entire World 164

Part 3 Unconditional Love

12 Pawsitivity 183

13 Mike's Sunset 196

14 Just One More Ride 212

15 Funny How We Show Our Love 234

16 From Beginning to End 246

17 The End of the Line 261

18 Come, Find Me on the Beach 269

Epilogue 279

Acknowledgments 287

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