Dog owner pushes dying pet up mountain in wheelbarrow for 'one last adventure'

Carlos Fresco took his dying pet dog Monty up Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons on one last walk, pushing him in a wheelbarrow. (SWNS)
Carlos Fresco took his dying pet dog Monty up Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons on one last walk, pushing him in a wheelbarrow. (SWNS)

A dog owner took his dying pet on one final walk up his favourite mountain - in a wheelbarrow.

Carlos Fresco pushed Labradoodle Monty up Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons in the barrow so he could enjoy one last adventure before he died.

The pair had visited the area many times over the years but after an 18-month battle with leukaemia, Fresco knew his 10-year-old pet didn't have long left.

Fresco improvised to help Monty, who had battled cancer for 18 months, get to the top. (SWNS)
Fresco improvised to help Monty, who had battled cancer for 18 months, get to the top. (SWNS)

He decided to return to the area so they could share one last journey together before Monty passed away on 21 June. 

Fresco took his four-legged friend to the peak of Pen y Fan, helping him to the top with the aid of a wheelbarrow. 

Fresco said he and Monty had explored hills and walks all over the country, even summiting the three peaks.

But after being diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago and responding well to chemotherapy, Monty's leukaemia returned eight weeks ago and he started to decline.

Fresco said Monty had responded well to treatment but his cancer had returned eight weeks ago. (SWNS)
Fresco said Monty had responded well to treatment but his cancer had returned eight weeks ago. (SWNS)
Complete strangers even offered to help push Monty, his owner said. (SWNS)
Complete strangers even offered to help push Monty, his owner said. (SWNS)

Fresco said: "I knew Monty was dying as his cancer had returned. He was diagnosed 18 months ago and responded very well to chemotherapy.

"But unfortunately his leukaemia returned eight weeks ago and he declined very rapidly."

He said Monty always loved hill walks so he had improvised to make sure he could get him to the top, despite his weakness.

The pair had visited the Brecon Beacons many times over the years - and have even summited the three peaks. (SWNS)
The pair had visited the Brecon Beacons many times over the years - and have even summited the three peaks. (SWNS)

Monty received plenty of fuss and attention from complete strangers, said Fresco, with many even wanting to push him. 

"People on the hills were so kind and equally so sad at his deteriorating condition," he said.

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

Carlos Fresco and Monty had been on adventures together all over the country. (SWNS)
Carlos Fresco and Monty had been on adventures together all over the country. (SWNS)

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

“That little guy touched so many lives. Made everyone he came into contact with smile and just take a moment to reflect how sometimes life’s not that bad.

"Our little companions are never judgemental, are always there waiting for you and offer comfort when things haven’t gone well."

He said Monty had passed away at the foot of his bed, aged ten. 

"The little fella hung on for Father’s Day and is now at peace," he said.

"I would like to thank all the wonderful people that we met in Brecon and on the hills for their true kindness and genuine sympathy.

"He was truly a special boy. God bless and goodnight little fella."