• A Dog Named Beautiful

  • A Marine, a Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home
  • By: Rob Kugler
  • Narrated by: Rob Kugler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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A Dog Named Beautiful

By: Rob Kugler
Narrated by: Rob Kugler
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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

An uplifting and unforgettable story of a US Marine, his extraordinary dog, and the road trip of a lifetime. 

When US Marine Rob Kugler returns from war not only had he given up a year of his life in service to his country, but he had also lost a brother in the fighting as well. Lost in grief, Rob finds solace and relief in the one thing that never fails to put a smile on his face: his chocolate lab, Bella. Exceptionally friendly, and always with - you wouldn’t believe it - a smile on her face, Bella is the friend Rob needs, and they spend their days exploring nature and taking photos. 

But then Bella develops a limp in her front leg. It’s cancer, and the prognosis isn’t good. Rob has a choice: either to let Bella go now, or amputate her cancer-riddled leg, and see what the next few months would bring. 

For Rob, the choice is a no-brainer, and instead of waiting at home for the cancer to spread, Rob and Bella pack their bags and hit the road. Life is short, but the road ahead is long and winding, and as they criss-cross the country Rob and Bella meet remarkable, life-changing men and women who are quick to make friends with this incredible three-legged dog. A Dog Named Beautiful is an audiobook full of inspiration, hope, love, tears, and laughs. Enjoy the journey.

©2019 Robert Kugler (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"This sweet story honoring the bond between animals and their people is a must-read for fans of A Dog Called Hope and Travels with Charley, and anyone open to a good, cathartic cry.” (Booklist, starred review)

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Such a great book and audio was outstanding!

Narrated by the Author with enthusiasm, feeling, and emotion. WONDERFUL! Very relatable to almost any walks of life. Honest and incredible journey to find solace

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Highly recommended! Great debut Rob Kugler!!

"A Dog Named Beautiful" is an inspiration to all who have struggled in life & found a way to overcome.
It's a engaging read that you won't want to put down.
I couldn't recommend this book more! It's not just for dog lovers... this story has the power to inspire everyone.
Rob Kugler, your story is a testament to the true meaning of love.
You've got this!

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Even from a dog lover this was too much

I have little else to say other than what I summed up in my title. Robert Kugler‘s opus of worship to his dog was just too much. I understand she was a beautiful fun loving joyous animal who brought joy to everyone who met her, but hour after hour of hearing about this was just tiresome. Sappy too. Sorry Rob I know you worked hard on this and I am curious to look at your photos of your trip but to other readers, there are other dog and man adventure and bonding books that are much less like idol worship.

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A dog story

If you are a dog owner or like dogs you will enjoy this book. I love this book & hated to have it end.

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Inspiring and heart warming

A terrific book and Rob’s reading of his own story is both entertaining and full of passion. As a veteran with my own lab mix that has helped heal wounds of war, I applaud his honesty and openness. This story brought great comfort.

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Excellent book

I laughed and I cried. This is a wonderful book! I highly recommend it. Loved it

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Absolutely loved it!!

Such an endearing story that only becomes better as you get to know Rob and his deep love for Bella. Read by the author who gave voice to Bella in this beautiful book.

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Great Read!

I love the story of Rob and Bella. It really shows the true love between a human and his fur family.

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Amazing

It is an amazing story. The way the author describes his journey, and the “why” behind it, make you feel a part of that journey. He is very relatable, and I became emotionally attached very early into the read. Additionally, the authors reading and voices used were excellent. I highly recommend!

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  • Rui Ribeiro
  • 09-26-19

Uplifting!

When the book starts, the listener already know how it will end - Bella will not survive an aggressive cancer. And yet, it still is a remarkable and uplifting book, as the author and his dog Bella live their lives past the diagnostic to the full, enjoying each others' company, travelling across the US. Their joy is palpable and the companionship of owner and dog is easily recognizable by dog owners. Both owner and dog never gave in to despair and by doing that gave us a book that is both uplifting and inspiring.

Recommended.