I feel like I’m the last person in the world to hear about Poh the Dog and his bucket list adventure. Poh has been traveling all over the country with his owner since February when the dog was diagnosed with kidney disease and cancer. I decided to share his amazing story, just in case you haven’t heard about Poh’s great adventure either.
Thomas Neil Rodriguez has been giving Poh, his nearly 16 year-old Lab mix the adventure of a lifetime since the dog was diagnosed with kidney failure and inoperable tumors. Rodriguez decided to focus on the happy times he’s shared with Poh since adopting him as a puppy from a shelter, so he and his fiancée decided to drive Poh from New York to Los Angeles to give him the gift of dipping his paws into the Pacific Ocean.
The family made it to L.A. and Poh had a great day at the beach. His health was stable so Rodriguez decided to continue the journey. They have now traveled 12,000 miles and visited 34 cities seeing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Graceland, the Alamo, the Space Needle, Disneyworld and even my home town, Las Vegas.
Along the way Poh has become quite a celebrity with lots of interviews for local and national TV programs and attracting more than 114,000 fans on Instagram who follow his daily adventures.
Poh and his Dad haven’t let the fame go to their heads because Rodriguez still makes sure to put Poh’s health as the top priority. During the course of the trip Poh has stopped for IV treatments and holistic therapies and he now uses a bright green cart and lifting harness to get around the cities they visit.
Last week they stopped in Beaufort, SC to meet my friend Dr. Julie Buzby, who developed ToeGrips – nonslip nail grips. Dr. Buzby gave Poh an acupuncture and chiropractic treatment and then fitted him with a fresh set of ToeGrips to help him with traction when he walks. Dr. Buzby said Poh was the perfect patient.
Rodriguez plans to continue to check off goals from the bucket list as long as he can. He knows the adventure won’t go on forever, but it is giving him a lifetime of sweet memories about his dog. Along the way Rodriguez said that some pet owners have been critical of him for taking a sick dog away from his home. What do you think? Would you take one final trip like this with your dog?
This is not a sponsored post and I am not being compensated for this story, but I have a professional affiliation with Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips.
Video: USA Today, Photos: ToeGrips