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Nurse Travels Cross-Country to Work at Children's Hospital, Then Thief Steals Her Camper and Dog

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When Mason Gray set out from her home in Florida to California, she was embarking on a new chapter of adventure with her best furry friend Bexley, an Australian shepherd, by her side.

Headed for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Gray, a pediatric nurse, was looking to diversify her skill set and try the minimalist lifestyle after buying a camper and heading to the West Coast.

But on Sunday morning, when she returned to her 1970s camper in Los Feliz after working an overnight shift, it was gone.

“I can’t eat or sleep,” she told KABC-TV. “I’m just devastated. I’m so heartbroken. I just want this to be over. This is a nightmare. I was like, this is not happening.”

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She was able to obtain a security video of someone coming just after midnight, hooking their truck up to her trailer and taking off with all her possessions.

Inside that small camper was Gray’s piano, guitar, camera, television and supplies — but most devastating of all, her dog, Bexley.

“Bexley’s my world, and so at this point, all I care about is her,” she said.

“I’m just wondering is she OK? Is she safe? Is she fed, is she taken care of? Did they drop her off on the side of the road? I’ve just been searching nonstop.”

She took to social media to share her story and increase her chances of finding her dog.

“I came out to Los Angeles on a nursing travel assignment to pursue acting, singing and dancing,” she wrote on Facebook.

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“I was living the minimalist van life with my best friend Bexley. I got off work and my dog and caravan were stolen.

“My heart is broken. Please post, share and help find my baby girl.”

On Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department informed Gray that Bexley was safe, and the two were soon reunited.

According to WINK-TV, police had found the unique camper on 82nd Street and Vermont Avenue in the possession of a woman — who claimed to have bought the trailer for $500. They arrested her for possession of stolen property, but the original thief is still at large.

While Gray has her pup and her camper back, many of her possessions are missing. A GoFundMe was started to help Gray get back on her feet.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking