As pets get older, it can become harder for them to get around. Old age and illnesses can make mobility more challenging for senior dogs.
But it’s also the time when you want to make your pet’s days extra special: knowing they might not have much more time left, you want to let them see the world and make memories with them. And some owners find special ways to help their old dogs get around.
Like one man, who found a very unique way to take his dying dog on one unforgettable final trip.
Carlos Fresco would go everywhere with his 10-year-old Labradoodle, Monty. The dog would accompany him on countless hikes and walks. But after Monty was diagnosed with leukemia, he knew the dog’s days were numbered.
“I knew Monty was dying as his cancer had returned,” Carlos told SWNS. “He was diagnosed 18 months ago and responded very well to chemotherapy. But unfortunately his leukemia returned eight weeks ago and he declined very rapidly.”
But Carlos still wanted to have one great adventure with Monty, by taking him to one of their favorite hiking spots: the Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, in Wales.
But while Monty was no stranger to hikes, his declining health made it harder to get around. Carlos worried that his dog might not be able to reach the top.
So, he improvised. He helped his friend climb the hill… in a wheelbarrow!
Together, they climbed the hill. The wheelbarrow got the attention of many fellow hikers. Carlos says that many “shed a tear” and expressed sympathy when they learned of Monty’s situation, even offering to help push him up the hill.
“That little guy touched so many lives,” Carlos told SWNS. “Made everyone he came into contact with smile and just take a moment to reflect how sometimes life’s not that bad.”
He also says that Monty loved all the fuss and attention on his adventure.
It proved to be the dog’s final journey: Monty passed away on June 21.
While no doubt sad about the loss of his dog, Carlos was grateful for the unforgettable final trip they had together, and thanked everyone moved by his story for their sympathy.
“He was truly a special boy. God bless and goodnight little fella.”
Rest in peace, Monty. We’re so glad you got one last adventure with your loving owner.
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