Mark Woods said goodbye to his beloved dog Walnut on Saturday, but not before he — and a horde of well-wishers — accompanied the pup on his final beachside walk.
"Sadly I am having to have Walnut euthanised on Saturday 12th November and so we will be having a last walk together on his beloved Porth Beach at 9.30am," Woods, who lives in Cornwall, England,
wrote in a Facebook post. "I would love it if dog lovers/owners and friends would join us for a celebration of Walnut on his favourite Porth Beach." SEE ALSO: Farewell Francis: Dog who revolutionized YouTube cooking shows has died
"He has had an incredible life and having reached the grand age of 18 is ready for his final sleep," Woods added.
Inspired by Woods' words and Walnut's story, hundreds of people — and dogs, of course — turned up for the stroll on Walnut's favorite beach, which is closed to dogs in the summer months.
People also paid tribute to Walnut using the hashtag #walkwithwalnut.
Walnut's final walk
Emotional but beautiful #WalkWithWalnut this morning. https://t.co/jIgDzrlr6t
Meanwhile, at Porth Beach Newquay, humans demonstrate proper love and solidarity on their #walkwithwalnut and Mark. https://t.co/Z24YHsO0jr
Heartbreaking scenes from Porth beach this AM as hundreds take one last #walkwithwalnut 🐶💔
Amazing scenes as everyo… https://t.co/SjxCvj0TEE
The #pug gang are here too to #walkwithwalnut 🐶💕 https://t.co/LRKuf2Z9yD
@theJeremyVine We went on #walnutslastwalk #walkwithwalnut such a big turn out. So sad though 🐕❤️ https://t.co/PRMn0YzDlH
Thinking of Walnut and Mark this morning - sleep well little chap, so heartbreaking #walnutslastwalk https://t.co/AEBrNNFnjF
Sending love and affection to Mark and his family as their dog Walnut takes his last walk before the last visit to… https://t.co/w7LtN8CL12
In honour of #walnut May he run free happily on his favourite beach forever more #walnutslastwalk https://t.co/8I1u4BS5TO
Didn't know about #WalnutsLastWalk until today. He'll be OTRB now. Well done lad, paying respects to you on my beac… https://t.co/ZO6Re3jr3H
Thinking of Mark & Walnut 💔
#rainbowbridge 😓 https://t.co/t0g2nOmCZ5
RIP Walnut. Run free OTRB 🌈. *bows head in respect* #walnutslastwalk https://t.co/77zoQ0Nc03
Will join spirit of #walnutslastwalk today from Frontenac park in 🇨🇦... Man's best friend unite... #dogslife… https://t.co/ZmOeSOVoB9
I feel like I've experienced all of life's emotions in the last two days.
We don't deserve dogs.
Currently crying my eyes out about this #walkwithwalnut 😢 #walnutslastwalk
Amazing to be part of something special. #walnutslastwalk #walkwithwalnut 🐕❤️ https://t.co/v4d4WI97kZ
I wish I could be there with you Walnut and Mark xxxxx #walnutslastwalk https://t.co/Cwxk4PXalH
According to the BBC, Woods found the response to his post "incredible."