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Man Takes His Terminally Ill Dog On 12,000 Mile Cross-Country Road Trip, Is The Best Owner Ever

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Dog is man’s best friend — plain and simple. Unfortunately (and this is hopefully news to no one), dogs don’t live as long as humans do, and there comes a point in every man’s life when he will have to bury is four-legged bud.

Neil Rodriguez, a New York City resident who adopted his furry best friend from a shelter at just eight weeks old, recently took the now terminally ill 16-year-old pup on a cross country road trip as a final bonding activity before he says goodbye. Rodriguez drove 12,000 miles and explored 35 cities with his pit bull-lab mix, Poh.

From the New York Daily News:

Rodriguez said Poh’s big adventure was hatched after vets estimated that the near 16-year-old canine could have just days or weeks to live.

“They were like, we can’t tell you [how much time he has left] but you could have days. He could be gone any day,” his owner said while describing the dog as suffering from numerous tumors as well as kidney failure.

“I did not want to leave my dog knowing that he could go at any moment,” he said.

On March 6 the trio packed their bags — which included a daily IV drip for Poh — and headed down south until cutting west across Georgia and along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Once reaching Arizona Poh appeared remarkably well so their travels “ballooned from there,” Rodriguez said. That took them up through California to Seattle and back again.

Rodriguez chronicled the trip with his pooch by posting awesome photos on Instagram, some of which are below.

I miss my momma. #tbt to Fort funston sf

A photo posted by poh the dog (@pohthedogsbigadventure) on

Belly rubs on the grass at the National mall In dc. Now that's what I call presidential treatment.

A photo posted by poh the dog (@pohthedogsbigadventure) on

Back in the bay area until Monday. Who wants to meet me in Fort funston tomorrow 3/28? #pohthedogsbigadventure

A photo posted by poh the dog (@pohthedogsbigadventure) on

You can view more photos here. Now excuse me while I leave work early and take my dog to the park.

[via New York Daily News]

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