ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — A local mayor and his dog have recently received national and international attention after their special cross-country road trip touched the hearts of many.
Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux’s 10-year-old Japanese wolf dog, Mura, was recently diagnosed with terminal blood cancer and was given only months to live. After learning of her illness, Heroux wanted to enjoy the time they had left together by taking her on the “best ride of her life.”
Throughout their 8,500 mile journey, Heroux chronicled his trip with Mura on his Facebook page. He posted photos of himself and Mura at national landmarks and state welcome signs.
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“I shared the pictures with all of you because my girl has been part of my political life since the beginning,” Heroux explained in a Facebook post. “So many of you know her already. From collecting signatures at Stop & Shop to knocking on doors in 2012, visiting schools and senior homes, walking in parades and her coming to work with me at City Hall from time to time.”
The duo began their adventure in Niagara Falls, then traveled west across the United States. They also stopped in British Columbia, where Mura was able to visit her birthplace.
Heroux said this was his first vacation in more than three years. He said he never expected Mura’s story would receive so much attention, but he is touched by the outpouring of support.
“It’s very sweet to have all this happen, I mean, I was just going on a road trip with my dog and now it’s blown up into something that’s more than just a memory of a road trip,” Heroux said.
Mura receives chemotherapy every three weeks. It is unclear how much time the two have left together, but Heroux said he will continue to make sure she has the best life possible.