Dying Dog Draws Giant, Inspiring Crowd for Final Walk

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ATTENTION: Major tears ahead...

Walnut, an 18-year-old whippet, took his last walk on Saturday, November 12, 2016. 

What made this final dog walk unlike any other final dog walk that we've ever read about? Scroll down for the full story...

1. A Heartfelt Message

A Heartfelt Message
In the United Kingdom, a man named Mark took to Facebook to reveal the news that his dog would be saying goodbye and that he would be taking him to the beach for one final walk.

2. A Surprising Turn of Events

A Surprising Turn of Events
He posted this announcement on Facebook and things took a turn when #walkwithwalnut begun trending and it paved the way for some sad scenes at the beach, as hundreds of people and their dogs gathered to say farewell.

3. A Busy Beach

A Busy Beach
At least Walnut got the send off he deserved. Everyone showed up to have one last walk with him. Just look at this scene!

4. AWWWW!!!!!!

Mark says he had no idea this sort of turnout would be the result of a simple social media post. He was overwhelmed.

5. One Last Walk

One Last Walk
Other dogs were happy enough to say goodbye to Walnut, who mostly had to be carried because he was so weak, but who mustered up the strength to take a few steps.

6. That's A Lot of People

That's A Lot of People
It's amazing just how the power of the Internet can make everyone come together to say goodbye to a much-loved pet.

7. One Last Paddle

One Last Paddle
Walnut even got the chance to go for one last paddle and take one final drink of water.

8. A Thank You

A Thank You
Mark took to Facebook to reveal that Walnut had passed away, writing the following on his account: "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. I also want to thank the wonderful people of Newquay for their support which I will never forget as long as I live. I read out a poem that was sent to me by one of the many well wishers just before Walnut had his last sleep and would love you all to read this as well to remind ourselves just how lucky we are to be alive and to share in the wonderful world that our pets give us. God bless you all."

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