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Man Invites Public To Join Him On Dog’s Final Walk Along The Beach

A man in England plans to give his 18-year-old dog a proper send-off by the sea.

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People far and wide have been sending messages of support to a dog owner in England who has invited other dog lovers to join him on his last walk along the beach with his 18-year-old dog, Walnut. Via Mark Woods/Facebook
Stephanie Brown

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy. Some pet owners choose to create bucket lists for their pets. Others recreate photos of when they first brought their dog home.

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…

Posted by Mark Woods on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

“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

Posted by Mark Woods on Thursday, November 10, 2016


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.

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  • I am saddened to know Walnut must be euthanised. I pray there is an option. These companions give only love to us. Our prayers are with you Walnut and owner.

    Sergio F Chacon November 10, 2016 12:57 pm Reply
  • On saturday i will walk Valentine and Gracie lu in Carrollton Texas and say a prayer for Walnut and Mark. It is really a sad time having to say goodbye to a loved one. I will be thinking about your family

    Bethany Boyce November 10, 2016 4:12 pm Reply
  • My opinion mark is unless walnut is suffering so bad, please reconsider putting walnut down. He’s your friend for life. (Till the end).I know he’s18 years old and you gave him a great life. Unless he has no quality of life left(I don’t know). Please think about all the memories you and WALNUT have together. My mom is 75 and not doing well,
    Should I have her put down?Praying for you & walnut.

    Cory November 10, 2016 10:48 pm Reply
  • Why would you kill your dog who can still walk on the beach with you? Hard to understand. Letting him live would be the greatest gift to this poor trusting dog.

    Kathleen Bernhardt November 11, 2016 6:28 am Reply
  • For those of you questioning why Mr. Woods has made the very painful decision to have his companion of nearly two decades put to sleep, he said in an interview with a UK program called “This Morning” that the vet told him several months ago Walnut’s time was limited. Walnut has difficulty walking, constantly falls down and can’t get back up, he can’t feed himself and needs assistance going to the bathroom. It’s a quality of life issue.

    This information has been added to our story. You can see the full interview with “This Morning” here; the part about his decision starts at about the 2:20 mark:

    Petcha Petcha November 11, 2016 9:56 am Reply

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