A Priest's Final Road Trip With His Dying Companion Will Make You Thank Dog

By Briana Hansen

And now for something truly inspawrational: After his loving dog was diagnosed with cancer, a priest decided to take time off from his regularly scheduled summer programming and spend quality time with his furry best friend on a tour of the country. So they embarked on one last adventure together.

Perfectly titling it the "Last Howlelujah Tour," Father William Miller and his canine companion Nawiliwili "Wili" Nelson left their Covington, Louisiana home and toured together speaking, raising money, and just generally puppy paling around. The pair hit the slobbery streets and visited a total of 18 different cities in six states.

Miller has written two books, and the tour helped to publicize those. But, more importantly, they were raising funds for Wili's chosen charity, the Animal Foundation of Las Vegas.

Wili, who was given a three-month diagnosis back in November, got to not only shatter those expectations but also exceed his original goal of raising $10,000 for the charity.

In the end, Wili and Miller raised $12,150 according to a Facebook post about the tour's wrap. In fact, in their final event alone, Wili raised $3,500 — a bone-afied pawsome feat that is definitely worth celebrating.

In a final video Miller shared about the experience, he talks about not being afraid. The thought of losing a beloved pet is enough to make people vow to never love again.

Happy Tails and Howlelujah!

Posted by William Miller on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

But Wili's contented, happy face shows that these two have enjoyed the quality time they've had together.

And, though saying goodbye will be heartbreaking, we have to be grateful for the precious time we get with our furry friends — whether that includes a multi-city fundraising tour or not. Remember to thank dog for dogs.