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Couple Leaves $1000 Tip to Pay for Dog’s Surgery

Christina Summitt's stepson hugging Tucker just before emergency surgery. Photo via Christina Summit and CNN iReport.

Christina Summitt’s stepson hugging Tucker just before emergency surgery. Photo via Christina Summit and CNN iReport.

A New Jersey bartender got the surprise of a lifetime when a couple added a $1000 tip to their bill to pay for her dog’s emergency surgery.

Christina Summitt was tending bar at the Holiday Inn in Clinton, New Jersey when a friendly couple struck up a conversation. Summitt, an avid animal lover and volunteer with a local pit bull rescue group dedicates her spare time to helping dogs. Noticing a paw print tattoo on Summitt’s wrist, the man asked her if she had a dog of her own.

Summitt confided in the couple that her dog, a Great Dane/Black Lab mix named Tucker, was actually recovering from emergency surgery at that exact moment, after having swallowed a hard plastic ball.

According to a CNN Report,

The man said something about surgery being expensive. She confided the estimate was around $2,700, but she would do whatever she had to do for the dog, whom she adopted in 2011. Summitt, 37, 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 in her town. Her husband works full-time and Summitt has three stepchildren.

After drinks and dinner, the couple closed out their bill – by adding a $1000 tip.

Summitt immediately began crying and told the man she couldn’t possibly accept such a generous tip. But the man insisted that she put the money toward Tucker’s surgery.

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

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has apparently done this before. He’s “just a really nice guy and humanitarian,” said the Hotel manager Michelle Satanik.

“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,” Summitt said.

Tucker, meanwhile, is doing well and recovering at home.




  1. Teresa

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    The world needs more compassionate people like this! God bless this couple.

  2. Steve

    Apr 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    How can you not be pleased about what this couple did? A pet dog, or cat for that matter are part of the family. They give you their unconditional love and ask for very little in return. Just to be loved and treated like part of the family. I’m so happy Summitt got help for paying the bill. And that Tucker is doing well.

  3. Stephanie Smaltz

    Apr 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

    God bless this wonderful couple. I have had people do amazing things for me and I was so overwhelmed that there are such good people in this world. What an awesome thing for them to do for Tucker.

  4. Erinn

    Apr 25, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Amazing story, amazing comments. All positive. All around YAY!!! Made my night.

  5. Chris Wolfe

    Apr 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Everyone once and a while a story happens that brings tears to my eyes. This is such a story. Everyone in this story is fabulous. Christina, the loving and generous couple, the manager .. Everyone! I hope Tucker feels better and I wish the best for everyone involved! Thank you for putting a big smile on my face!

  6. Elaine

    Apr 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm


  7. Deb

    Apr 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    God bless these wonderful people for their big, generous hearts! They are true friends to animals – thank you so much for your generosity to a stranger in need!

  8. Deidre

    Apr 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Hey! How’s Tucker? We want an update!

  9. Pam Siltzer

    Apr 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I bet a lot of people, including myself, had the money to be able to do these sort of things.
    God bless the people who do.

  10. Theresa Beebe

    Apr 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Just wonderful! There ARE still good & compassionate people out there!! God bless you! And God bless & watch over Tucker!

  11. Mirjam da Thesta

    Apr 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Tears in my eyes. This is so fantastic! God bless them!

  12. Teresa Haller

    Apr 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    God Bless those people. So glad for the dog’s sake. Awesome

  13. Susan Rozanski

    Apr 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Awesome generous couple. Thank you for your kindness to this hard working family that they have assistance caring for their dog.

  14. Amy Parks

    Apr 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    This is awesome

    • My infoRobin

      Apr 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      There is a special place in heaven for people like this. This story made my week. Absolutely wonderful !!!

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