One Massachusetts mayor took his dying dog on a cross-country road trip. The dynamic duo visited 24 states together in what is one of the most heartwarming stories about the connection between a man and his beloved dog.
Paul Heroux, mayor of Attleboro, and his 10-year-old Japanese wolf dog, Mura, embarked on a 12-day road trip at the end of October. Sadly, the trip came about after Heroux learned his pal Mura was dying from an aggressive form of blood cancer. She only had a few months to live, and her owner wanted to create memories. He also wanted to repay Mura for all the unconditional love she had given to him during their years together.
The mayor canceled a trip to the Middle East to go on vacation with his best pal. He wanted to spend as much time with her as possible during her final months. Heroux explained to Lonely Planet that Mura means the world to him and he wanted to have one last hurrah with his precious baby.
They traveled over 8,500 miles together, starting with going to British Columbia to meet the breeder who brought Mura and Heroux together. Other stops on their travel adventure included the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls, and USC, where Heroux attended college.
It was a fantastic road trip for both of them. Heroux made sure to document their travels with a slew of pictures and videos that he will treasure for the rest of his life. He has been doing everything he can to ensure that Mura's last few months are the best. Despite all the friends they met and iconic sights they saw along the way, the best part of the trip for the mayor was getting to spend quality time with his best pal.
Paul Heroux is surprised by all the attention his and Mura's travel adventures are getting, but he also hopes it helps other owners and their pets who might be in the same situation. The experience has had such an impact on the mayor he is hoping to turn it into a children's book. For now, he is relishing in the time he has left with the dog he called the most precious thing in the world to him.