When Thomas Neil Rodriguez adopted an eight-week-old puppy from a New York City shelter, he had no way of knowing that 16 years later he’d be capping off their time together with a whirlwind adventure.
Noticing that Poh seemed to not be feeling very well earlier in the year, veterinarians told Rodriguez that the elderly dog was suffering from a variety of age-related ailments including multiple tumors and kidney failure. He wasn’t given long to live.
San Francisco, California
“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,” Rodriguez, a professional DJ said. Given that he had a gig coming up in Arizona shortly after the terminal diagnosis was handed down, he was torn. “I did not want to leave my dog knowing that he could go at any moment.”
And so, he didn’t. Packing up Poh, his fiancé and all of the belongings they would need, Rodriguez set out to take Poh on a tour of the United States. Visiting 35 cities (with Rodriguez dutifully treating Poh for his medical ailments all along the way), the pair got to spend the kind of time together that many who share their lives with a beloved pet wish that they could – as evidenced by the outpouring of love and support the duo got on the Instagram account they started to document the trip.
Walter White’s house, New Mexico. Poh’s the one who barks.
“He loved it, it was so healing for him. It was like he was five years younger. He was walking with a lot of energy,” Rodriguez said.
Be it the trip, a strong will, Rodriquez’s diligent care or all of the above, Poh has managed to defy the odds given to him before the trip and is still around and wagging three months later. The duo continue to see the sights in their native New York, where there’s no shortage of things to experience, spending as much quality time together as they can.
“I am super blessed that I have actually gotten to do this,” he said. “People think I take care of Poh, but Poh takes care of me.”
The Goonies House, Oregon
Goonies never say die!
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Alamo. El Paso, Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana
Lincoln Memorial. Washington D.C.
New York, New York
San Diego, California
Staring off into the sunset.
All image source: PohTheDogsBigAdventure/Instagram