It’s never easy to say goodbye to a faithful friend and companion.
Carlos Fresco is a restaurateur from London, England, who has loved a labradoodle named Monty for the past 10 years. Monty fought hard when he was diagnosed with leukemia last year, but sadly, Carlos could tell the end was near for his dear friend.
During their wonderful decade together, Carlos took Monty hiking dozens of times. One of their favorite spots was Pen y Fan, the tallest peak in south Wales. So when Carlos volunteered to help out a friend in Wales, he decided to bring Monty along to spend just a little more time together.
“We ended up staying there for a week, and Monty loved having a big, beautiful back garden to stretch out in — which is where I stumbled across a rusty old wheelbarrow, which I decided to dust off and oil up,” Carlos said.
The next day, Carlos piled pillows and blankets into the wheelbarrow to make a comfy bed for Monty, and then they hit the trail!
Pen y Fan is 2,907 feet above sea level, and the trail is often rocky and uneven. Bringing the wheelbarrow along was hard work, but Carlos didn’t mind. After all, he wasn’t alone!
Along the way, total strangers offered to help ease his burden, pushing Monty for a while to give the determined dog dad a break.
“He loved it and the reaction he got from other walkers was amazing,” Carlos said. “They all took turns in helping to push the barrow, and Monty really 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 out to say ‘hello’ and lend a hand in getting him to the summit,” Carlos continued.
Many of these compassionate hikers were so moved by Monty’s story that they wept as they helped him ascend the peak, leaving Carlos awestruck.
“That little guy touched so many lives,” he said. “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 judgmental, are always there waiting for you, and offer comfort when things haven’t gone well.”
Sadly, Monty passed away not long after making his final hike. While Carlos is still grieving, he is infinitely grateful to everyone who helped make their last adventure together such a success.
“Monty passed away at the foot of my bed on Monday morning. Aged 10. The little fella hung on for Father’s Day and is now at peace,” Carlos 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.”
There are good people everywhere, even on the side of a mountain in Wales! Rest in peace, sweet Monty. You will be missed!
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