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

by Kim Wong-Shing

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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