Sadly, Poh the crossbreed did not quite make the final part of an epic road trip as he succumbed to cancer and kidney failure before ticking off one final adventure on his canine bucket list.
So in a poignant pilgrimage to the world famous attraction, Neil took along photographs of 16 year old Poh to “meet” Mickey Mouse, Pluto and the rest of the Disney gang.
Neil’s journey to Florida completes a journey that saw him taking Poh on a 22-state odyssey to visit the United States’ iconic landmarks.
There were visits to the Alamo in Texas and Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, New Orleans’ iconic Bourbon Street and Santa Monica Pier.
Selfies along the way created a social media storm, with 130,000 following the Instagram account “pohthedogsbigadventure”.
The adventure had begun last March when Poh received a terminal diagnosis and by the time he died earlier this month, the companions had managed to visit 35 cities and clock up more than 12,000 miles.
I”m hoping to see more senior dogs with carts out there. Although I don”t have any scientific proof, all the new stimulation that #pohthedog recieved when we visited new places kept his mind active and although the body wasn”t willing you can see on his face that he had still had the spirit. This is a point where often euthanasia is the cure for the mobility issues. Again I ask my folk out there to help change that norm. If your dog isn”t in pain and is just starting to slowdown, please don”t help your pet to die, help your pet TO LIVE. You don”t have to go overboard and bring your dog across state lines, just bring them down to the park. Let them feel the sun on their face and a breeze. That will be more than enough. #pohthedogsbigadventure says your #seniorpetsofig need you! #rippohthedog
It”s been 1 week now since our dear #pohthedog has passed. The world misses you dearly pup. Mom and dad miss you. But we will continue to honor your life. We will celebrate you everyday. Although many of the days caring for you were difficult, We would gladly do it all again. Thank you for choosing me to be your pop poh. It was my greatest privilege. #rippohthedog
Neil, a DJ from New York, told followers that Poh had managed to go out “on his own terms” and by completing a posthumous visit to Disney World they had “finally fulfilled one last item on #pohthedog bucket list”.
Writing on Instagram, Neil says: “People often talk about the unconditional love of a dog for their humans. But for a lot of us pet owners, love is a two-way street.
“Often times though, the “real world” limits our ability to manifest our feelings for our beloved companions.
“Financial restraints, physical issues. Our lives as human beings in this society are simply complicated, and we need to prioritise. And it turns into… A dog is just a dog.
“For this past year because the universe conspired in our favour, we were able to drop everything in order to do something all us pet owners wish we could do, give back the love that our pets give us.
“I believe this is one of the reasons why #pohthedogsbigadventure story gained so many followers.
One of the things that #pohthedog never got to do is get his picture with mickey at @disney. With the help of @littlemishperfect and @pollyplannermax, we are gonna get that one last checkmark for #pohthedogsbigadventure. Thank you so much for helping us complete this last task! #makeawish #shareyourears
“There are many people who have gone through the same things that we did as pup parents, there are many who would have wanted to do this grand gesture for their own pets but just couldn”t and can live vicariously through Poh”s adventures, and there are many who miss their own pups the way we miss poh.
“So dear #pohthedog you are part of a lot of people”s lives, because love is contagious.
“Your adventure on this earth is now over, but you will live on, just like all our fellow pet owners who have lost their special companions. Hope you guys are having a great party up there. Eat as much chocolate as you like..”