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09th Jun 2023

Entire town turns out for dying dog’s final walk

Charlie Herbert

Dozens turned out for his final walk

An entire town turned up to bid farewell to a beloved dog as he went on his final walk.

After learning that his beloved rescue pup, Mellow, had an aggressive form of cancer, owner Kevin Curry asked his neighbours to join him and Mellow on his final walk around the town.

And residents of Dupont, Pennsylvania, didn’t disappoint as they turned out in their droves to bid a final farewell to Mellow

Since 2019, Kevin and Mellow had walked the familiar streets of Dupont twice a day. But Mellow had become noticeably slower in recent times, and was eventually diagnosed with a fast-spreading lymphoma.

So, Curry decided to organise a moving send-off for his pooch, by inviting all his neighbours to join him and Mellow for the canine’s final walk around the block.

The letter read: “Regardless of how well we know each other, you have made my life so much richer than any rescue dog could have hoped for.

“I’m not sure when exactly I will go, but each day over the past few weeks has been a struggle for me to get around the neighbourhood like I used to.

“[I] would love to say goodbye face-to-face if you are available. Come out to pat me on the head or rub my belly and I will be forever grateful.”

Curry also included a map of the planned route and $5 to use for a gift or donate to charity, leaving the note in everyone’s letterboxes.

The emotional message captured the neighbourhood’s heart, and dozens turned out to say goodbye to Mellow.

“It is a heartwarming and heartbreaking story,” local resident KJ Warunek explained to the New York Post.

“There were at least 25 people [on the first block]. When I looked to the next block, there was another 20. I’m going to say that was how the whole walk went.”

Although it the day was obviously tinged with a sad mood, there was still a sense of happiness as everyone made a fuss of Mellow.

“Others just stood in the back and cried, so as to not upset Kevin,” Warunek said, adding that he was even given an ice cream from local store, Choo Choo’s.

“However, Mellow knew he was the belle of the ball — he pranced around.”

She added: “[Mellow] only has a few more days on Earth, but his dad gave him the best life when he adopted him. And you can clearly see he was man’s best friend.”

A worthy send off for a another good boi.

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