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WATCH: Poorly Walnut's Last Walk

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6:37am 14th November 2016
(Updated 6:37am 14th November 2016)

The world has come together to say a final goodbye to one "very special" Cornish dog.

Pirate FM told you how Mark Woods launched an appeal for people to join him on Walnut's last walk.

The owner, who lives in St Columb Minor near Newquay, had the whippet for 18 years.

But Walnut's health had deteriorated so much that he has had to be put to sleep.

So Mark decided they would go on one final walk at Porth Beach on Saturday morning - and posted to Facebook to invite the public along too.

Hundreds gathered from Cornwall and across the UK to support Mark and Walnut.

Mark says he has had messages of support from all over the globe. Even people who could not make it to Newquay told him they would be walking their dogs at the same time to honour Walnut.

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On Saturday afternoon, Mark posted on Facebook to say that Walnut had been put to sleep, surrounded by the family and their other dogs.

The owner said "he went very quickly and in my arms".

Mark read out a poem minutes before his final goodbye to Walnut, which ended: "Today you did the bravest thing, today you set me free. Thank-you for a wonderful life, thank-you for loving me".

He has thanked his family, friends and the people of Newquay for all their support.

Walnut's story has touched the hearts of many people, with thousands of tributes being posted on Pirate FM's Facebook page, before and after his last walk.

April said: "Enjoy your walk Walnut hugs to your daddy. I will be thinking of you both all the way from Nottingham xx"

Carryann from Redruth wrote: "Bless you Walnut! It's heart-breaking when you lose your best friend. He's had 18 wonderful years. Hope he has an amazing day, before he goes over the Rainbow bridge!"

Alison posted: "I had to have my dog sent to sleep as he also was so old he had no quality of life and had developed doggy dementia, but he is buried far out on Porthcothan beach where he had many happy times and we still raise a glass to him at The Tredrea...sleep well Bowser and look out for Walnut X"

And Miriam wrote: "Love you Walnut. We live in Wales but will be thinking if you. Join our lovely greyhound and lurcher Evie and Kanga in heaven I will tell them to wait for you at the rainbow bridge".

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Speaking to Pirate FM before Walnut's last walk, Mark said: "It's hit home with so many people around the world and the UK about their own dogs and how much love should show them, and they're all going for a walk all over the place - not just our beach, they're going on their own walks at the same time to have a think about it.

"That's incredible and I love that idea.

"I've taken time off work to sit with him and spend time with him, they are coming at around 11.30am on Saturday but I didn't want to just sit here moping around, I thought we should go for a last walk so his day was reasonably normal, and mine was reasonably normal as well.

"I thought it would be nice to walk with others and share the day, I always walk on my own and it gets boring on my own so I thought it would be nice.

"He has always travelled around with me, all around London and he stood by the swimming pool whilst I gave diving lessons, we've been in all sorts of bizarre situations together, various girlfriends who have got upset because I always put him before them, I have always put him first and maybe I shouldn't have but he is just such a special dog.

"I got as message from a guy who really put his finger on it, he said how dogs really bring the best out in people, and then people do the best things".

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Not only has Pirate FM been able to share Mark's amazing appeal with you, but he has appeared on national radio and TV as well.

His heart-breaking story featured on ITV's This Morning on Friday - and reduced presenter Ruth Langsford to tears.

RIP Walnut.

Scroll through the gallery of Walnut's last walk below or watch Mark's final goodbye...

6:37am 14th November 2016

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