Porth Beach in Newquay was busier than it gets in summer as hundreds of people and their dogs descended on the sands to show support to Mark Woods and his 18-year-old whippet Walnut as the whippet enjoyed one last walk on the beach.
Earlier this week Walnut’s owner Mark Woods posted on Facebook inviting people to join them. Sadly Walnut’s health had deteriorated to the point that the vet had advised he be put to sleep. Mark invited others to walk with him on Walnut’s last morning, expecting just a few locals to come along. But the subsequent media interest and sharing of his story on social media led to a huge crowd which one owner described as ‘doggie heaven.’ We went along to show our support to Mark and Walnut, and the atmosphere was one of support and love as people arrived with cards and heartfelt words and strokes for Walnu. Mark did the walk he regularly does with Walnut each day before thanking everyone for coming. We all send our thoughts to Mark and his family.
Here are just a few pictures from the walk. Were you there? Share your thoughts on the day below.