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Mayor takes his sick dog on one last cross-country trip

PAUL HEROUX AND MURA
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His dog was diagnosed with terminal cancer, so he took him on one more adventure on the way to a very meaningful place.

Paul Heroux, the mayor of Attleboro, Massachusetts, had Mura for nearly 10 years when she was diagnosed with terminal blood cancer. Having raised her since she was 8 weeks old, Heroux had formed a beautiful bond with his Japanese wolf dog. On hearing the news, he decided to cancel his previous vacation plans and take Mura on a cross-country road trip to the place of her birth: Vancouver Island.

“I wanted to bring her back to where she was born. I wanted to see it for myself,” he said.

They passed through 24 states, stopping at sites such as the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore.

“I didn’t set out to make a point,” he said. “I just went for a ride with my dog.”

Long called “man’s best friend,” dogs are invaluable companions given by the Creator to human beings. They assist us with many tasks, provide help and support, and bring a lot of joy. Heroux’s decision to take this meaningful trek with Mura is a testament to that.

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