Devoted dog dad takes dying pooch on one last hike in wheelbarrow

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A Welsh man and his dog took one final, heartbreaking journey.

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Carlos Fresco, 57, knew his time with Monty, his 10-year-old Labradoodle, was almost up. Monty had been battling leukemia for months but before he passed, Fresco wanted the dog’s final days to be like all their other favourite days.

One of the things the two loved to do was hike up Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Wales in Brecon Beacons National Park.

But because Monty was so ill and could no longer walk, Fresco came up with another plan: push his pooch in a wheelbarrow.

Monty staying warm under a blanket in wheelbarrow. SWNS
Monty staying warm under a blanket in wheelbarrow. SWNS Photo by SWNS

“I knew Monty was dying as his cancer had returned. He was diagnosed 18 months ago and responded very well to chemotherapy,” Fresco told SWNS.

The dog dad recalled onlookers tearing up at the sight of them, and strangers asking if they could help push Monty up the mountain.

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Hikers greeting Monty and owner Carlos. SWNS
Hikers greeting Monty and owner Carlos. SWNS Photo by SWNS

“Although he was weak, he enjoyed all the fuss and attention received by so many well-wishers,” said Fresco.

“People on the hills were so kind and equally so sad at his deteriorating condition.”

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Monty went through chemotherapy treatments, to which he responded well, but the dog couldn’t beat the disease when it returned.

Carlos kissing his ailing dog. SWNS
Carlos kissing his ailing dog. SWNS Photo by SWNS

On June 21, shortly after their final hike, Monty passed away at the foot of Fresco’s bed, reported SWNS. The two did manage to spend one last Father’s Day together, though.

“That little guy touched so many lives. He made everyone he came into contact with smile and take a moment to reflect how sometimes life’s not that bad,” said Fresco.

“Our little companions are never judgemental, are always there waiting for you, and offer comfort when things haven’t gone well.”

He added: “The little fella hung on for Father’s Day and is now at peace.”


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