Dog Goes On His Final Walk Surrounded By Hundreds Of People
"We will be having a last walk together on his beloved Porth Beach ... I would love it if dog lovers/owners and friends would join us."
Walnut met his dad, Mark Woods, when he was just a puppy, and the pair was best friends from the very beginning.
The whippet lived a happy and loving life with his dad in England, but at 18 years old, his health was rapidly declining. His family had to make the tough decision to have him put down.
Woods was heartbroken at the thought of losing his beloved best friend, and he decided that before Walnut passed, he wanted to take him on one last walk - and he wanted the whole world to join them.
"Sadly I am having to have Walnut euthanized on Saturday 12th November and so we will be having a last walk together on his beloved Porth Beach at 9:30 a.m.," Woods wrote on Facebook last week. "I would love it if dog lovers/owners and friends would join us for a celebration of Walnut."
Thousands of people shared the Facebook post, all wanting to give Walnut the best final send-off a dog could ask for. Walnut's family hoped that at least a handful of people would show up - and were shocked at just how many people actually came.
On Saturday at 9:30 a.m., hundreds of people showed up on Porth Beach to walk alongside Walnut as he took in the sights and smells of his favorite place in the world one last time.
Walnut was much too weak to walk on his own, and so his dad carried him the entire way, wrapped in a cozy blanket and surrounded by family and friends, old and new. He even got to dip his paws in the water one last time, too.
After the walk, at 11:56 a.m., Walnut passed away. His parents and his dog brothers, Monty, Nelson and Charlie, were all there to watch him go, making sure that his final moments on Earth were filled only with love.
"Thank you to the hundreds of people that attended the walk this morning and to all those that had their own walks with their beloved pets at 9:30 a.m. all around the world," Woods wrote on Facebook after Walnut passed.
Walnut lived a long, happy life, and thanks to his dad, he left the Earth knowing exactly how loved he really was.