‘Why would you do this?’ Generous act saves dog, spreads hope

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CLINTON, N.J. (WGN) – A bartender in Chicago says a couple of generous tippers helped her save a member of her family.

Christina Summitt has a paw-print tattoo on her wrist, which often leads to conversations with strangers.

Summitt is a volunteer with a pit bull rescue and loves spending time with her Great Dane-black Labrador mix.

On Saturday night, Summitt was working at the Holiday Inn but her mind was elsewhere.

Her dog, Tucker, was at a veterinary hospital after having emergency surgery.

A couple ordered drinks and dinner at the bar and learned about Tucker through Summitt’s tattoo.

The man told Summitt that surgery was expensive and she confided that it was going to be around $2,700.

However, she said she would do whatever she could for the dog.

Summitt works three jobs; full-time as a chef at the hotel, Saturdays as a bartender and as a food prep worker two days a week at a deli.

Her husband also works full-time and takes care of his three children.

When it was time to close out their $80 tab, the man added a $1,000 tip.

Summitt said, “I went back over and said, ‘Sir, I cannot accept this. What is this for, why would you do this?”

According to WGN, he told her to put it toward Tucker’s medical costs.

Summitt said, “I just stood there in shock. I walked around and hugged this couple. They said, ‘We’ll be praying for Tucker.”

Summitt shared the story on Facebook, which has since been shared by other servers and bartenders.

She wrote, “I would also love nothing more than to publicly thank this couple in front of the world. I’ve never seen a random act give so many people so much hope.”

Tucker is recovering at home.


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