Dog taken up UK mountain in wheelbarrow before dying

Pictures show Carlos Fresco taking his fatally-ill labradoodle Monty on a final adventure up his favorite mountain in a wheelbarrow before he died. Heartbreaking photos show a dog owner pushing his dying pooch up his famous mountain in a wheelbarrow for “one final adventure” together.

Carlos Fresco, 57, wanted to take his cherished Labradoodle Monty for one last walkies in Wales after an 18-month battle with leukemia. Mr. Fresco traveled 180 miles from London to stay with a pal in the Brecon Beacons, where he and Monty had previously explored the mountains. The hotelier knew that 10-year-old Monty was too unwell to make the 2,900ft climb up Pen-Y-Fan peak – so he helped by pushing him in a wheelbarrow.

And just as incredibly, fellow dog lovers offered to help the pair up the incline.

Mr. Fresco of West London said his pet “loved hills,” so he had to improvise.

“I stumbled across a rusty old wheelbarrow which I decided to dust off and oil up, he explained.


“The next day, I put Monty in it on top of a load of blankets and started wheeling him to the top of Pen y Fan.

“He loved it, and the reaction from other walkers was terrific.

“They all took turns helping to push the barrow, and Monty enjoyed that because he’d always adored people and being made a fuss of.

“I was bowled over by the kindness we were shown, to be honest – total strangers taking the time to say ‘hello’ and lend a hand in getting him to the summit.”

Mr. Fresco said he chose the “beautiful” Beacons as he had many happy memories of walking there with Monty.

“I knew Monty was dying as his cancer had returned,” he said.

“He was diagnosed 18 months ago and responded very well to chemotherapy.

“Unfortunately, his leukemia returned eight weeks ago, and he declined rapidly.”

Mr. Fresco added, devastated, “Monty has always been at my side.

“We have climbed all over the country, and Monty has summited the three peaks and was always up for the adventure.” Mr. Fresco has also thanked fellow walkers for their support as he made the emotional journey up one of the UK’s highest peaks shortly before Monty’s death.

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

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

“Total strangers asked if they could share in pushing Monty on his last journey – many total strangers shed a tear as we all love our little four-legged friends dearly.

“I would like to thank them for their support, encouragement, and genuine concern over Monty.

“That little guy touched so many lives.

“He made everyone he came into contact with a smile and just take a moment to reflect how sometimes life’s not that bad. “Our little companions are never judgmental, are always there waiting for you, and offer comfort when things haven’t gone well.”

Mr. Fresco said Monty “passed away at the foot of my bed” last month.

Monty had “hung on until the morning after Father’s Day – I peered over the mattress, and he’d gone,” Mr. Fresco added.

Molly Aronson

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