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Dog diagnosed with cancer goes on a cross-country adventure as part of his bucket list

Poh, a dog diagnosed with cancer, goes on a cross-country adventure as part of his bucket list Poh, a dog diagnosed with cancer, goes on a cross-country adventure as part of his bucket list

(WFTS/ABC Pathfire) - Many around the country have had a chance to say hello to Poh, a 16-year-old pit bull and lab mix. 
 
 He's on a journey across America capturing all his memories and posting them to his Instagram page for the world to see. "He loves the beaches," Thomas Neil Rodriguez, Poh's owner, said.
 
Which is why Poh and his owner made a stop in Tampa Bay. First, visiting Fort De Soto Beach and then the SPCA Suncoast Animal Shelter in New Port Richey. 
 
There he captured the attention of the young and old. "I think that this is a healing process for him as well. It's bringing people together," Susan Torres said. She came to the shelter to pray over Poh.
 
"The reason why we've done all this is to create memories that we can focus on so we can focus on the life instead of the death," Rodriguez said. Back in February Poh was diagnosed with cancer.  "A month later we went in for a checkup and unfortunately they found multiple tumors," Rodriguez said.
 
Instead of just waiting around in his New York apartment and watch Poh slip away, Rodgriguez decided the best medicine was to take his best friend on a bucket list road trip across America. 
 
"Having new smells. Having a new environment. Having new stimulation. That's what kind of keeps him going," Rodriguez said. "Keeps his spirits up."
 
So far Poh has dipped his paws in the Pacific Ocean. Sniffed around the monuments in Washington D.C., and starred straight up at the Space Needle in Seattle. "It's almost as though Poh is bringing us along on his adventure," Rodriguez said.
 
An adventure keeping Poh living for the moment, and his owner focusing on the good times they've had together over the past 16-years. "By doing this trip, this allows me to focus on the happiness," Rodriguez said.
 
Thomas originally thought that this would be Poh's last trip, but recently got new from a vet that Poh may have a little big longer to live. So he says his next adventure will be up in the midwest. 
 
You can follow Poh's adventure on Instagram by searching for "pohthedogsbigadventure".

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