Meet Poh the dog: an adventurous pup who won’t let a terminal diagnosis stop him from enjoying everything life has to offer.
When owner Thomas Neil Rodriguez heard the grim news, he decided to take his best bud on a road trip across the United States. Starting in their hometown of New York City and joined by Rodriguez’s fiancée, the trio hit the road with the hope of making it all the way to California so Poh could dip his paws in the Pacific Ocean.
All packed up and ready to go!
One of the hound dog’s first stops: Elvis Presley’s old digs.
Making a new friend with Oklahoma’s state animal, the buffalo.
Checking out the graffitied cars at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX.
Poh’s review of In-N-Out: “I’m 15 years old, and I’ve only just begun my life today.”
Poh’s parents, chilling with him here in Arizona, actually prepared him a special meal of rice and chicken or turkey every day to help him build up his appetite and strength.
The trip wasn’t always easy for the little family: cleaning up messes, using an IV to give him meds, and carrying him when he got tired.
But that stuff never got in the way of appreciating his sweet face as the adventure continued.
Taking in the vista of Cathedral Rock in Arizona.
Finally making it all the way to the beaches of California!
Feeling the fresh sand between his paws.
“Me want seafood!”
“Another great place to take a nap.”
Thinking about going all the way to the top of the Space Needle in Seattle.
You can’t deny this cutie has lots of star power!
Putting on his “tough guy” face at the Alamo on their way back across the states.
“Hitting Bourbon Street! I hope I remember everything in the morning!!”
Dreaming about rolling around in the presidential grass in Washington, D.C.
Back home in NYC!
But that doesn’t mean he’s reached the end of his adventure quite yet.
The seven-week trip seems to have done the old pup a lot of good. His appetite has gotten much better and he’s put a little extra weight on. Rodriguez hopes to see Poh make it to his 16th birthday this October. You can find other photos from their adventure and follow along for more over on his Instagram page.