It’s a trip both dog and owner will likely never forget.
When Paul Heroux, the mayor of Attleboro, Massachusetts, learned that his 10-year-old Japanese wolf dog only had months to live, he decided they would go on a cross-country journey and make a stop in Victoria where his furry friend was born.
Mura was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive form of blood cancer, in September and by October, the pair was on the road.
They went across 24 states and 13,600 kilometres in just 12 days, seeing sights such as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore and the Golden Gate Bridge.
“Mura doesn’t know she has terminal cancer so don’t tell her,” Heroux posted on Facebook. “Just let her think she is the little princess that she is going for the best ride of her life. Dogs love to go for a ride.”
A special thank you to my former grad school roommate Dr Illiana Quimbaya, who did the blood work check-up for Mura….
When Mura and Heroux arrived in Victoria on Nov. 2, they saw Mura’s breeders. She also got the chance to play with some other Japanese wolf dogs.
Mura is wondering why we are now taking a ferry ride to Vancouver Island. She’ll soon find out!
?? Mura has arrived ?? She was born in Canada ?? and I brought her back to the place of her birth to see Katja and…
Heroux and Mura got back home on Nov. 9.
“She thinks that 8,451 miles set a new ‘Wanna go for a ride?’ standard,” Heroux posted on Facebook upon their return.
?? Home! ?? …Mura is inspecting the odometer. She thinks that 8451 miles set a new “wanna go for a ride?” standard.