Chris Price is a long haul truck driver and his best friend and dog, Coco, takes the long road with him. During a medical emergency on the road, Price and his copilot were almost separated permanently.
Price was loading his truck on April 24, according to Life with Dogs, and didn't feel so well. "When I loaded I couldn't even move, so I took a two-hour nap, and went a couple miles to a truck stop and collapsed," said Price.
An ambulance was called and brought Price to the hospital, but all Price could think about was Coco. "911 had to deal with the dog, they can't take me to the hospital and leave the dog in the truck," Price said, according to Life with Dogs.
Animal Control had given Coco over to KC Pet Project for 10 days of care, but due to overcrowding, 10 days is the limit. "Going to the pound 500 miles away from home, you just don't know what's going to happen," Price said, according to Life with Dogs.
Then, Price found out he had a staph infection - he was going to be hospitalized a lot longer than 10 days. Price to call Stephanie Bell from KC Pet Project to give her the news. "You have someone here who's stranded where they don't live, with no assistance just because of the nature of where they're at - out-of-state," Bell said, according to Life with Dogs. "You kind of empathize with someone in that position."
Coco and Price's story was posted on the KC Pet Project's Facebook page. The post got more than 6,000 "likes" and was shared almost 1,000 times.
"It's unbelievable... I tell this story to my friends and they don't believe it," Price said, according to Life with Dogs. "She's just really important to me."
Their story has a very happy ending - both Price and his best friend, Coco, are being transported back to their hometown and are reportedly doing very well.