Hundreds of dog owners join sick dog named Walnut for his final walk

After a sick dog named Walnut's owner requested that fellow dog owners join him and his poorly four-legged friend for Walnut's final walk before being put down, hundreds of dog owners gathered to walk with them on a beach in Cornwall.

The whippet dog is 18-years-old, and is sadly being put down due to ill health. On Tuesday, Walnut's owner Mark Woods posted a Facebook status about his planned walk, writing: "Sadly I am having to have Walnut euthanised on Saturday 12th November and so we will be having a last walk together on his beloved Porth Beach at 9.30am.

"I would love it if dog lovers/owners and friends would join us for a celebration of Walnut on his favourite 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."

The post received over two thousand shares, and hundreds of people and their pet pooches joined Mark and Walnut on the beach in an outpouring of support, sharing their walk on Twitter under the hashtag '#walkwithwalnut.'

After calling the reaction to his tale "incredible," Mark confirmed that Walnut had passed away on Saturday, writing: "Walnut passed away this morning at 11.56am. The family and our three whippets, Monty, Nelson and Charlie were also in the room. He went very quickly and in my arms.

"I am writing this post because I owe it to everyone who has supported myself, my family and most importantly Walnut. Thank you to the hundreds of people that attended the walk this morning and to all those that had their own walks with their beloved pets at 9.30am all around the world." 

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