Earlier this week, a dog owner from Cornwall has posted an invitation on Facebook calling animals lovers to join him as he takes his beloved greyhound, Walnut, for one last celebratory walk before he goes to the great big rainbow in the sky.
In a heartbreaking interview on English morning program, This Morning, presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford struggled to hold back their tears as Mark, with Walnut sitting on his lap wearing a red sweater, narrated his story.
Mark Woods has owned Walnut since he was a puppy. Due to the dog’s ailing health, he has made the difficult decision to end Walnut’s life this weekend.
For the last 18 years, Walnut the greyhound has been Mark Woods’ best friend. The two of them have created many memories walking along the rugged coastlines of North Cornwall, an area of England known for its dramatic scenery of beautiful sandy beaches, steep marble cliffs, and numerous caves and coves.
“I have owned Walnut for a long time and he has been my strength for many years.”
“I have struggled with illness and had some bad times in my life and he has helped me through some desperate situations and I owe it to him to give him this back.”
In a Facebook post that has since been shared more than 1,700 times as of this writing, Mark invited people and their dogs to join Walnut on his final walk along Porth beach in Newquay, Cornwall to give the greyhound a fitting farewell.
“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.”
“I would love it if dog lovers/owners and friends would join us for a celebration of Walnut on his favorite Porth Beach.”
“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.”
Run free, Walnut.