EUGENE, Ore.—Cami, an emotional support dog whose owner died on July 4th, is heading back home Sunday to Texas.
Texas native James Northcott, also known as Trey, was Cami’s best friend. They lived together in Eugene for about three months.
Trey passed away suddenly from a pulmonary embolism. He went to take a nap and never woke up.
According to his sister, Cami took care of him, and without him now, she's left without a home.
Susan Cox, Trey’s mother, said they are glad that Cami was there by his side all the way up to his last breath.
“Emergency came, and they said they really worked hard on him, but it was too late, but Cami was there to see it all, and we are really, really glad she was with him,” Cox said. “I just hope the last few months of his life were the best there in Oregon."
Cami was placed in the Greenhill Humane Society temporarily while the family was looking for ways to get her back home, but they were starting to lose hope. Flying wasn't an option since she exceeded the weight limit for dogs to ride in the cabin.
Danielle Stewart, president and founder of Apollo Support and Rescue, offered to bring Cami back home.
"They shared the story and said, ‘Hey aren't you going up to the Pacific Northwest for dog adoptions, and I said, I sure am,” Stewart said. “So, she shared the story with me, and it immediately touched my heart."
Stewart travels from Texas to the Pacific Northwest once a month with a van full of abandoned dogs and gives them to local shelters.
She just so happens to be making a trip to Eugene this week, and now, Cami has a ride home.
"I do this every month-- dogs get home, and I put them in the arms and these amazing families,” Stewart said. “But to know that I am going that extra mile to complete Cami’s story to bring her home to Texas makes it all worthwhile."
Cox told KEZI that Trey suffered from mental health and substance addiction--his family said he often tried to run away from his problems and would seek adventure.
That explains his nickname --Crocodile Dundee.
According to Trey's sister, he was always let down. It was his furry friend Cami who stood by his side.
Cox is speaking out to advocate for addiction recovery and enlighten others about people who are struggling with substance abuse.
"If someone is disabled mentally or has addiction issues, that isn’t who they are,” Cox said. “Who they are at the core of them is pure love, pure spirit, and they are just conditioned by the world we live in. He was a beautiful spirit."