The Unbreakable Bond: Tonka and Little P’s Story of Love, Loyalty, and Healing
Two dogs, Tonka and Little P, are overcoming their grief and injuries after their owner, Kris Busching, died in a tragic hiking accident in Colorado. The incident left the two pit bulls injured, but their bond and dedication to each other have captured the hearts of thousands as they recover together in New York.
Kris Busching, a 33-year-old talented tattooist, embarked on a hiking adventure in Colorado with his two dogs, Tonka and Little P, and a friend named Mark. Unfortunately, the group lost their way and found themselves stranded. In an attempt to find fresh water, Kris and his dogs ventured into a canyon. The endeavor proved fatal when Kris lost his footing, and all three fell to the bottom. While Tonka and Little P sustained injuries, Kris died on impact. The dogs remained by their owner’s side until help arrived the following day, rescuing Mark and the two pit bulls.
Following the rescue, Mark took Tonka and Little P to Kris’ grieving family in Long Island, New York. Mr. Bones & Co., a New York-based nonprofit animal shelter organization, stepped in to assist the family by rushing the dogs to an emergency veterinarian. At the vet, the dogs found solace in each other’s presence, touching noses and displaying their unbreakable bond.
Tonka required emergency surgery for a broken leg, while Little P needed x-rays for his injured jaw. The family, overwhelmed by funeral expenses, received support from Mr. Bones & Co., who launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover the dogs’ medical costs. The campaign quickly surpassed its $8,000 goal, raising $12,127 by Friday.
A separate GoFundMe campaign was set up to aid the Busching family with their financial needs during this challenging time. Kris’ brother, Dave, expressed their devastation and described Kris as a talented individual with huge dreams who loved the outdoors. He emphasized that nothing could have prepared them for such a loss.
As Tonka and Little P recover, Mr. Bones & Co. shared an update that Little P did not require surgery and would be placed in a foster home while Tonka recuperates. The organization is now searching for someone to adopt the bonded pair together to ensure they will not be separated.
Tonka’s recovery involves a splint on his injured right wrist, and it is hoped that he can heal without additional surgery. He is expected to be discharged by Saturday.