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Adventurous Puppy Helps Man Recover From Losing His Best Friend In A Tragic Car Crash

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Three years ago, Andrew Muse lost everything he owned to a tragic car accident, including his beloved dog, Booter. But thanks to a kind firefighter who was at the scene of the crash, Andrew is now back on his feet — with a new canine BFF.

Prior to the accident, Andrew was living the dream. As an adventure vlogger, he’d just spent six months traveling full-time in a converted truck with Booter, a golden retriever.

But one fateful day, the 30-year-old fell asleep at the wheel. Booter died instantly in the impact.

“I lost everything. My home, my truck, and the most important thing in the world to me: Booter,” Andrew recalled.

His community of vlog followers rallied to raise $25,000 for Andrew, and he was able to buy and convert a new vehicle. But he was heartbroken over the loss of his dog.

“I was completely devastated, and I thought my life was over. Way beyond repair,” he said.

A few weeks after the crash, Andrew got a phone call from Paul, one of the firefighters who had responded to the car crash. He said he had a surprise for Andrew.

“It turns out his family breeds goldens and goldendoodles, and that they’d like to give me one,” Andrew explained.

After much deliberation, Andrew settled on a new puppy: Kicker Dog.

Three years later, Andrew and Kicker Dog now spend months at a time in their new “adventure van.” Kicker Dog has been skiing, surfing, and even hang-gliding, and he’s more well-traveled than many humans!

“I am happiest when I’m out in the wilderness with him by my side — and so is he,” Andrew said.

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