Hundreds Turn Out to Join Dying Dog on Final Beach Walk

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A host of dogs and their owners turned out to enjoy Walnut's final beach trip and give him a beautiful send-off. Photo: Mark Woods
A host of dogs and their owners turned out to enjoy Walnut’s final beach trip and give him a beautiful send-off. Photo: Mark Woods

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Mark Woods and Walnut, his whippet, have been together a long, long time. At 18, however, Walnut’s age had finally caught up with him. Woods planned to say his final goodbyes this past weekend, but not before one last walk on his old friend’s favorite beach.

And he invited other dog owners out 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 9.30am,” wrote the Newquay, UK, resident.

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“I would love it if dog lovers/owners and friends would join us for a celebration of Walnut on his favourite Porth Beach,” Woods continued. “He has had an incredible life and having reached the grand age of 18 is ready for his final sleep.”

Woods’ plea for his “best friend” quickly went viral and many turned up Saturday to celebrate Walnut.

On Twitter, #WalkWithWalnut was getting lots of mileage. Both those who attended and dog lovers who couldn’t make it tweeted their support.

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A few hours later, Walnut passed away.

Woods announced the news on Facebook, writing, “Walnut passed away this morning at 11.56am.”

“He went very quickly and in my arms,” the British man continued.

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He then went on to thank 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 am all around the world.”

Woods ended his announcement by reminding everyone “just how lucky we are to be alive and to share in the wonderful world that our pets give us. God bless you all.”

1 thought on “Hundreds Turn Out to Join Dying Dog on Final Beach Walk”

  1. The Rainbow Bridge

    inspired by a Norse legend

    By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

    Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

    Where the friends of man and woman do run,

    When their time on earth is over and done.

    For here, between this world and the next,

    Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

    On this golden land, they wait and they play,

    Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

    No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

    For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

    Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

    Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

    They romp through the grass, without even a care,

    Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

    All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

    Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

    For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

    Together again, both person and pet.

    So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

    The time of their parting is over at last.

    The sadness they felt while they were apart,

    Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

    They embrace with a love that will last forever,

    And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.
    © 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.

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