A dog owner who appealed to the public via social media to join him on his last walk with his pet whippet, has revealed his beloved dog has died.
Mark Woods had owned Walnut the whippet since he was a puppy.
Now 18 years old and "on his last legs", the dog was sadly put down on Saturday morning.
But before his best friend's death, Mark wanted to take him for a stroll on his favourite beach in Cornwall, UK – and he wanted as many people as possible to join them.
Encouraging people on social media under the hashtag #walkwithwalnut to share their last outing, Mark wrote:
‘Sadly I am having to have Walnut euthanised on Saturday 12 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’.
In touching scenes, hundreds of people joined Mark and Walnut on their final walk.
The British man confirmed the news of Walnut’s death yesterday.
‘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. God bless you all’.
Mr Woods said the pair been through an "awful lot together", including two marriages, three engagements and a move from London to Cornwall.
Watch the heartbreaking video below: