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Dog Has Months To Live, So Dad Takes Her On Best Road Trip Ever

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Nine years ago, Robert Kugler, a marine veteran from Broken Bow, Nebraska, brought home the greatest friend he could ever ask for - a sweet chocolate Lab named Bella.

Yet, last year, he learned that his time with Bella would be cut short due to terminal cancer that had spread to her lungs. Bone cancer had already taken one of her front legs in May 2015.

So Kugler did the one thing that made sense to him - he decided to make Bella's remaining time in the world as incredible as possible by going on an all-out road trip across the U.S. with her. The two started their journey together in November at a Marine Corps ball in Chicago, CNN reported.

Bella was given just six more months to live, but she's still going strong 14 months later . The pair have already visited Cleveland, Niagara Falls, Washington, D.C., and, most recently, are enjoying the Florida heat - complete with pool swims. Kugler has been documenting Bella's adventures throughout his social media accounts, with the two building up quite the fanbase as a result.

"This is one of the biggest connections I've ever had to another living being," Kugler told CNN. "I don't care that it's a dog."

Whether they're hiking ...

... bike riding ...

... checking out art ...

... taking selfies ...

... like, really epic selfies ...

... napping ...

... making new friends ...

... visiting beaches ...

... or enjoying nature ...

... in all of its glory ...

... it goes without saying that Bella is relishing the chance to live her best life, thanks to the man who's loved her since day one.

Kugler also knows that being three-legged and sick won't stop his best friend from smiling, let alone indulging in a good ice cream cone.

Although Kugler knows he'll have to face the thought of Bella going sooner or later, he's comforted by the fact that he'll be by her side whenever her time comes.

"We take on these animals, which means we're gonna take on their life and their passing," Krugler told CNN. "To be there with them when they pass is the greatest gift you can give anybody."

To keep up with their adventures, check out Bella and her dad on Instagram.

Watch Bella take a well-earned dip in a Florida pool: