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While in a coma Bubba's dog ran away. His neighbors knew they had to help

Bubba Nulisch was hospitalized with a bacterial infection and put into an induced coma. After waking up three weeks later he was desperate to see his four-year-old dog Bullet. But he received a call in his hospital room that Bullet was missing.

Nulisch was inconsolable. “I knew he was out there, and I couldn’t see him or touch him or find him,” he said. “It was heartbreaking.” 

Some of his hospital nurses suggested turning to Facebook asking for help in lost pet groups in the hope someone had spotted Bullet in the area.

He had adopted Bullet after being forced to retire from his truck driving job for medical reasons and says the dog pulled him out of a “deep depression.”

Turns out someone DID see him—43-year-old Kim Joppie who runs a nearby dog rescue. Bullet had made it to Joppie’s rescue center on June 4th, and after she learned who he belonged to, made it her mission to make sure he was back at Bubba’s side as fast as possible.

“He was in a rehabilitation hospital,” Joppie said. “He had no way to go reclaim his pup, so he needed an angel.” And an angel is what he got.

Turns out, a good Samaritan had found Bullet and taken him to Dallas Animal Services. He was about to be adopted by a new family before Joppie saved the day.

Neutered and microchipped, Bullet got an escort when Joppie drove the dog out to Bubba who was delighted with what happened after she arrived.

“When they were reunited, I can’t describe the pure emotion that came from him,” said Kim. “They were so bonded. It was so beautiful, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“The people I was staying with at the time had a dog who had babies. One of them wouldn’t leave my side ever,” said Bubba. “I don’t know why but he started hanging out with me, so I adopted him. He was my reason to keep on going. He really helped me through emotionally and brought me so much happiness and joy,” he said. “Him being gone was the hardest part of waking up.”

Bubba and Bullet are now back at home continuing to enjoy watching their favorite TV shows together.

“Kim is an angel. I’m so thankful to her for bringing him back to me. I’ll never forget what she’s done.”

Nurisch says he not only got his dog back, it renewed his faith in humanity.

“There’s a lot of kind people left in the world that are willing to help,” Nulisch said.

Sounds like the dog wasn’t the only one who was rescued.


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