Man takes dying dog for one final walk up favourite mountain in wheelbarrow
Think I've got something in my eye...
A man went to extreme lengths to take his dog for one final walk along his favourite route, by taking him in a wheelbarrow.
Carlos Fresco and his 10-year-old labradoodle, Monty, have walked the route up the Brecon Beacons on multiple occasions over the years. But when Monty was diagnosed with leukaemia, Carlos decided to give his beloved dog one last trip up the mountain range for a final look at the view from the top.
So he grabbed a wheelbarrow to carry Monty in, and the two set off up Pen y Fan once more.
Carlos said: "I knew Monty was dying as his cancer had returned. He was diagnosed 18 months ago and responded very well to chemotherapy.
"But unfortunately his leukaemia returned eight weeks ago and he declined very rapidly.
"He loved hill walks and we improvised and took him on trips around your wonderful beacons.
"Although he was weak he enjoyed all the fuss and attention received by so many well wishers.
Carlos said that a number of people who were also climbing the peak that day stopped to give Monty a pat and wish the two of them well. Carlos was grateful for their support and help.
He said: "People on the hills were so kind and equally so sad at his deteriorating condition. In fact total strangers asked if they could share in pushing Monty on his last journey - many total strangers shed a tear as we all love dearly our little four-legged friends.
"I would like very much to thank them all for their support, encouragement and genuine concern over Monty.
"That little guy touched so many lives. 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.
"I would like to thank all the wonderful people that we met in Brecon and on the hills for their true kindness and genuine sympathy.
"He was truly a special boy. God bless and goodnight little fella."
Sadly, Monty passed away on June 21 after battling the disease for 18 months, with Carlos adding that the "little fella hung on for Father's Day and is now at peace."