Dogs Comfort Each Other After Their Owner Died In A Tragic Hiking Accident

A 33-year-old man was out for a hike with his two dogs and a friend when the worst thing happened. He fell to his death, and now the dogs are left comforting each other.

It happened in Colorado when Kris Busching and his friend, Mark, were walking along with Tonka and Little P and they got lost. Two days later, Kris was trying to get down into a canyon with his dogs to get fresh water when he fell. Mr. Bones & Co, a nonprofit animal shelter based out of New York, reported on the matter and is looking after the dogs.

When Kris lost his footing, he tried to get his dogs to safety but the three of them ended up falling into the canyon. Kris died on impact and the dogs were both injured. Being loyal pit bulls, they stayed with Kris’ body until help came the next day and the dogs and Mark were rescued.

Mark went to visit Kris’ family in Long Island, New York, and Mr. Bones & Co was there to assist with the pups. They took them to an emergency vet so the family could grieve.

Those two dogs, “who lost their world suddenly,” were there to comfort each other as they grieved their loss.

A video was shared by the organization on Thursday that showed the two dogs touching noses sweetly to show their bond when Tonka was being taken to the animal hospital.

“The level of loyalty and love that radiated from these two as big brother TONKA was admitted to our emergency animal hospital @amcny so that his leg could be saved needs no further caption,” Mr. Bones & Co.’s caption for the heartwarming clip read.

The shelter does not want to see the dogs separated so they are looking for someone who can adopt both of the pups. Tonka was in for emergency surgery because of a broken leg and Little P required x-rays on his jaw.

Mr. Bones & Co. launched a GoFundMe campaign because the family is “overwhelmed with funeral expenses and unable to afford” the cost of medical care for the dogs.

“We are all devastated, and really can’t describe the void and pain that we all feel,” Kris’ brother Dave said in a statement shared in the campaign.

2 Dogs Comfort Each Other After Owner Died in Hiking Accident
Tonka Little P
Credit: GoFundMe

“He was mine and my sister’s little brother, my parent’s youngest son, and we loved him unconditionally,” Dave said. “Nothing, no one prepares you for something like this.”

Mr. Bones & Co. shared an update on Friday that Little P would not need surgery and would be in a foster home while Tonka recovered from surgery “without the temptation to play for a few weeks.”

Aside from his broken leg, Tonka also “sustained an injury to his right wrist.” Veterinarians used to splint to help the wound heal without more surgery. It is hopeful that he will be discharged soon.

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