Minnesota man drives over 1,000 miles to reunite dog with terminally ill owner

Ryan Chukuske and Bailey. Photo: Spot's Last Stop Canine Rescue
Ryan Chukuske and Bailey.

Updated: November 25, 2019 02:56 PM

In the month of giving thanks, a Minnesota man might receive the biggest thanks of all.

Spot's Last Stop Canine Rescue received a call from a local veterinary clinic Friday about a dog, named Bailey, that had been dropped off by a terminally ill woman in tears, according to a Facebook post.


The woman reportedly needed to get to Vancouver, Washington so her friend could help assist her as she only has a few months left to live. However, when she tried to board her plane, the airline would not allow her to take her dog because he was a "smoosh nose" and it would be dangerous to fly with him, according to the post.

After the dog had to be left behind, an adopter named Ryan Chukuske stepped forward and began his journey with the dog on the road to reunite it with its owner. He started driving on Saturday.

"Always wanting to do good things for people and hoping that it spreads to help others do the same," Ryan told KSTP Monday.

Ryan posted to his Facebook page early Monday morning, stating "I cannot express enough gratitude to all of you for the outpouring of love and support for Bailey's journey. It was truly my honor and privilege to bring this brave dog to be with his person. Be good to others. Journey on my friends!"

On Monday, Ryan told KSTP he already was back home in Minnesota. He said he returned around 5 a.m. He added it was a nice trip because he has always liked the Pacific Northwest.

"He was a perfect travel companion. Made it a memorable trip," he said about the dog, Bailey. "It was my pleasure to do it."

Ryan says he did not get to meet the owner as she was admitted into the ICU in Burnsville on Friday. She is expected to fly out to Washington and reunite with Bailey "soon."

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