Man takes dying dog up his favourite mountain in a wheelbarrow for one last walk

Ten-year-old labradoodle Monty always loved going for hikes up hills and mountains.

So when his beloved pet became sick, Carlos Fresco knew that the dog would need one last trek.

The pair had visited the Brecon Beacons multiple times over the years, even summiting the three peaks together.

It was clearly a favourite spot for the poorly pooch.

Carlos decided that returning to the area would serve as the perfect farewell for his companion.

Staying with friends in the area, Carlos and Monty travelled up to the peak of Pen y Fan.

As Monty struggled to walk, Carlos helped him to the top of the mountain with a wheelbarrow.


‘I knew Monty was dying as his cancer had returned,’ said Carlos. ‘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.

‘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.’

Sadly, on June 21, Monty passed away. But Carlos is so glad he was able to take the dog on one last great walk – and that Monty was given all the fuss he deserves along the way.

‘That little guy touched so many lives,’ he said. ‘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.

‘Monty passed away at the foot of my bed on Monday morning. Aged ten. The little fella hung on for Father’s Day and is now at peace.

‘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.’

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