One New York City dog was given a terminal diagnosis, but his owner didn’t let that define his last days.
According to ABC News, Poh, a mixed-breed dog, was adopted by Thomas Neil Rodriguez from an animal shelter in December 1999, when he was eight weeks old.
For the past seven weeks, Rodriguez and his fiance drove cross country with Poh, visiting 35 cities and traveling around 12,000 miles.“I’m unsure of how long [he will live]. Doctors are unsure. My assumption is that I don’t have very long with him and that’s what prompted the trips,” Rodriguez told ABC News.
Rodriguez said they were able to stop and see many historical landmarks and Poh even had the chance to swim.
Prior to their trip, Rodriguez documented the journey on an Instagram account created specifically for Poh’s adventures.
“My life is kind of hectic,” Rodriguez told ABC News. “I’m always traveling, but Poh is my home, my child. I think this resonated with a lot of dog owners. They wish they could do stuff like this with their dog and spend these moments, but sometimes life gets in the way.”
“I am super blessed that I have actually gotten to do this,” he added. “People think I take care of Poh, but Poh takes care of me.”