Loving dog owner pushes dying pet dog up favorite mountain in wheelbarrow
[July 9, 2021: Debbie White]
Here’s a heartfelt story for the dog days of summer.
Photos of a labradoodle being carried up the mountain in a wheelbarrow by its owner for one last walk are tugging at heartstrings all over the internet.
Carlos Fresco, 57, took his 10-year-old labradoodle, Monty, up his favorite mountain in Brecon, Wales where the duo hiked many times together before the dog passed away after months of battling leukemia, which made him unable to walk.
"I knew Monty was dying as his cancer had returned. He was diagnosed 18 months ago and responded very well to chemotherapy," Fresco said.
Carlos travelled 180 miles from London to stay with a pal in Brecon Beacons where he and Monty had previously explored the mountains.
The hotelier knew that 10-year-old Monty was too unwell to make the 2,900ft climb up Pen-Y-Fan peak - so he helped by pushing him in a wheelbarrow.
"Although he was weak he enjoyed all the fuss and attention received by so many well-wishers. People on the hills were so kind and equally so sad at his deteriorating condition."
Fresco recalled strangers asking if they could help push Monty up the mountain during the hilly hike as many onlookers shared tears at the sad sight of the four-legged labradoodle unable to walk on his own.
"That little guy touched so many lives.
"He made everyone he came into contact with smile and just take a moment to reflect how sometimes life’s not that bad.
"Our little companions are never judgemental, are always there waiting for you and offer comfort when things haven’t gone well."
Carlos said that Monty "passed away at the foot of my bed" last month.
Monty had "hung on until the morning after Father's Day - I peered over the mattress and he'd gone," Carlos added.
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