Dog Given Terminal Diagnosis Spends Final Days Traveling the Country

Deidre Grieves
Jun 02, 2015
2 min read
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Earlier this year Poh the dog received a terminal diagnosis from his veterinarian. Doctors found an inoperable tumor in Poh’s abdomen and told the dog’s pet parents that the 15-year-old pooch had limited time left. So Poh’s dad, New York City DJ Thomas Neil Rodriguez, decided it was time to take Poh on the trip of a lifetime.

According to Good Morning America, soon after Poh's health started to decline in February, Rodriguez and his fiancé began a cross-country road trip with Poh in tow. They traveled over 12,000 miles and stopped to enjoy 35 cities during the seven-week trek. 

Poh and his family at the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles, California.

Rodriguez adopted Poh, a mixed-breed dog, from an animal shelter back in 1999 when he was just an 8-week-old puppy. Poh has been Rodriguez’s constant companion and family ever since.

Poh enjoying the lights at the Freemont Street Experience, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Originally, the plan was to get Poh to the Pacific ocean, but the trip quickly turned into a bigger adventure that spanned from coast to coast. On the way out West, Poh and his pet-parents made stops in North Carolina, Texas, Oregon, and Arizona. The happy dog posed for photos in front of well-known landmarks and even visited some pop-culture locations, including Walter White’s house from the television show Breaking Bad in New Mexico, and the house used in the movie The Goonies in Oregon.

Poh at the space ships from Men in Black, at Queens Theatre in the Park, New York.

The whole trip was documented on Poh’s Instagram account, which has grown to over 3,500 followers. 

Poh getting a belly rub at the National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Poh at the end of Route 66, Santa Monica Pier, California.

At first, Rodriguez wasn’t sure that Poh would survive longer than two weeks, but three months after the beginning of the trip, the strong-willed dog is still alive and enjoying his golden years back at home with Rodriguez in New York.

Poh, back home in New York at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Rodriguez told Good Morning America that he’s thankful he's had the chance to spend such quality time with his four-legged best friend. "I am super blessed that I have actually gotten to do this," Rodriguez told reporters. "People think I take care of Poh, but Poh takes care of me."

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