On New Year’s Eve, Poh, a terminally-ill dog, completed his bucket list by taking a dip in the Gulf of Mexico.
Early last year, veterinarians found two large tumors in the dog’s abdomen and said that Poh would likely die soon. The news left his owner Thomas Neil Rodriguez heartbroken. To make the 15-year-old mixed-breed dog’s final days memorable, he created a bucket list for the pooch which took them on a cross-country adventure.
Since March last year, Rodriguez and his fiancée, Goumada, have taken Poh to Las Vegas, D.C., New York, California, and more. They bought a green buggy to push and carry Poh around when he started struggling to walk.
“’I’m unsure of how long [Poh 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. “I got to spend seven weeks with Poh. At first, I did not think he’d make it two weeks, but he did. I am super blessed. People think I take care of Poh, but Poh takes care of me.”
On New Year’s Eve, Poh finally crossed out the last item on his bucket list: to take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico.
The old, but happy, dog also spent New Year’s Day at Hotel Indigo in St Petersburg, about a block away from where he watched the fireworks.
Since the start of Poh’s big adventure, Rodriguez documented their travels in Poh’s Instagram account@pohthedogsbigaventure.
“I look like a pup but I’m 15 years old, 105 in dog years, and although I am young at heart and my mind is willing, my body is going through the natural process of old age,” Poh ‘posted’. “My parents found out that I have a couple of very large tumors growing in my abdomen which are inoperable. So my dad @djneilarmstrong decided to give me a bucket list trip across the good old US of A… traveling from #nyc all the way to the west coast, from sea to shining sea.”
Since the beginning of his adventure, Poh has visited Breaking Bad’s Walter White’s house in New Mexico, The Goonies’ home in Oregon, Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles, California, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, a theme park in Santa Monica, Times Square in New York and more.
Poh also got the chance to swim in the Pacific Ocean.
“I have always wanted him to swim,” Rodriguez said. “He loved it, it was so healing for him. It was like he was five years younger.”
See some of Poh’s travel photos in the gallery below.