After finding out that his 10-year-old Japanese wolf dog had just months to live, Massachusetts mayor Paul Heroux took his furry companion on the best road trip of their lives.
Attleboro Mayor and his dog named Mura who was recently diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, a fatal form of blood cancer, head out on a trip to cover 24 states in the US.
Initially, Paul Heroux just planned to visit her breeder in Canada, but the trip took an interesting turn when he and his furry friend drove across 8,500 miles in the United States. From California to the New York side of Niagara Falls, the best friends embarked on a two-week cross-country journey with several stops in between in Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Missouri and Illinois, to name a few.
Paul Heroux took to the micro-blogging website Facebook to document their amazing journey in the US, including pictures and videos in front of each state sign and at popular landmarks. Interestingly, Mura the dog quickly gained a huge number of followers on the social media who cheered her on throughout the journey.
"I treat her like I would if she were a regular kid. I got to hang out with her and it was awesome," said the Massachusetts mayor, as per reports.
With over 20 states covered and a crazy pit stop in Canada under their belt, the two best friends finally returned home on November 9.
Taking it to Facebook, Heroux wrote an emotional post and thanked all the social media well-wishers for their support stating that this was their first vacation in three years.
“I had no idea that my trip with Mura would turn into what it turned into,” the post reads. “So thank you everyone for being so kind to her.”
Mura’s work alongside her owner has been a big hit among their community, as Mura has assisted with reading to school children, visited senior homes and even campaigned with Heroux.
“She is the most precious thing in the world. She is my family," Heroux told ABC News. "She’s a little person trapped in an animal body. We have a bond. We’re partners.”