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Family finds missing pet 8 years after crash

TULSA, Okla. — Jim Luthesser and Coco share a very special bond. Together they made many memories.

“I used to take it with me to all the motorcycle races,” Luthesser said.

They also overcame some of life’s toughest trials.

“Eight years ago he was racing in Texas, a dirt bike race, and he went over the handlebars and crashed and broke his neck, crippling him from the neck down,” said Debbie Luthesser, Jim’s wife.

After the accident, doctors told Jim’s wife he only had 24 hours to live, but he defied those odds – the Bixby couple’s first miracle. He eventually ended up in rehab in Oklahoma City.

“What was wonderful was that the therapy he received, they allowed Coco to come into his hospital room with him and so she was part of Jim’s therapy, for the most part,” said Debbie Luthesser.

Debbie said she moved her RV there to be with Jim. She said that one night Jim asked her to spend the night in the hospital. However, when she returned to her motorhome the next morning, she discovered that someone had broken into it.

“It was all gone, but so was Coco,” Debbie said.

Jim says he was devastated.

“I couldn’t do anything about it, you know, I couldn’t get up and go try to find her. I felt so helpless,” Jim said.

As they mourned the loss of Coco, Jim was released to come home to Bixby and they decided to get another dog. Then three weeks ago they said the second miracle had happened, an Oklahoma City shelter called.

“We have your dog, Coco…and I’m like…I buckled up, fell to my knees,” Debbie said.

She said to this day they thank God for being with them throughout the journey.

“Jim always says we give God the glory he always thanks God every day for doing this for us and bringing it home and coming together with so much joy in our hearts,” said Debbie.

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