A man in England plans to say goodbye by taking his ailing dog for a walk along the beach one last time. And he wants others to join him.
Mark Woods of Newquay, Cornwall, has asked people on Facebook to join him on the final stroll along Port Beach in Newquay with his Whippet, Walnut, this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The 18-year-old dog is scheduled to be put down later that day.
“Walk with Walnut” Sadly I am having to have Walnut euthanised on Saturday 12th November and so we will be having a last…
“I would love it if dog lovers/owners and friends would join us for a celebration of Walnut on his favourite Porth Beach,” he wrote. “He has had an incredible life and having reached the grand age of 18 is ready for his final sleep. Hope to see you on Saturday.”
The post has been shared more than 400 times, with dog owners far and wide offering their support.
“So sorry to hear this, it looks like you’ve given him a wonderful life and he’s enriched yours,” wrote Gemma Whitlock. “The messages are all lovely, the power of social media really is something. I hope your last walk together is all you want it to be, will be thinking of you and your family — as I’m sure will everyone else.”
Walnut answering messages on Facebook which have been beautiful and moving and supportive
One commenter asked if euthanasia was absolutely necessary, noting that Walnut was still walking, to which Mark replied: “If you saw him and looked into his eyes you would know.”
Watch this interview with the UK show “This Morning” to hear Woods explain why he made the difficult decision to say goodbye to his close companion of nearly two decades.
Bon voyage, dear Walnut. We hope you enjoy your send-off by the sea. May you find more beaches to run along in doggy heaven.