Ten-year-old Monty enjoyed exploring hills and walks all over the country with his owner, Carlos Fresco, a hotelier from London.
The adventurous pair, according to Carlos, had visited the Brecon Beacons many times over the years and had even summited the three peaks.
However, 18 months ago, when the labradoodle fell ill, Carlos became aware that he had only a certain amount of time left with Monty.
“I knew Monty was dying as his cancer had returned. He was diagnosed 18 months ago and responded very well to chemotherapy,” Monty said. “But unfortunately his leukemia returned eight weeks ago and he declined very rapidly.”
Carlos thus decided to go with Monty on one last journey together and the duo thus returned to the beacons, staying with friends in Brecon.
“He loved hill walks and we improvised and took him on trips around your wonderful beacons,” Carlos recalled.
Carlos and Monty traveled up to the peak of Pen y Fan, where many walkers stopped to say hello and meet Monty.
Carlos said that although Monty was weak due to his deteriorating health condition, he “enjoyed all the fuss and attention” that he received from so many well-wishers.
People on the hills were really kind and sympathetic.
“In fact total strangers asked if they could share in pushing Monty on his last journey,” Carlos said. “Many total strangers shed a tear as we all love dearly our little four-legged friends.”
Carlos expressed his gratitude to people for their “support, encouragement, and genuine concern” for Monty.
Unfortunately, on the morning of June 21, Monty passed away at the foot of Carlos’s bed. “The little fella hung on for Father’s Day and is now at peace,” Carlos said.
Recalling Monty’s wonderful memories, Carlos said he had touched so many people’s lives. “[He] made everyone he came into contact with smile and just take a moment to reflect how sometimes life’s not that bad,” Carlos said.
“Our little companions are never judgemental, are always there waiting for you, and offer comfort when things haven’t gone well.”
Monty, according to Carlos, “was truly a special boy.”
Epoch Times Staff contributed to this report.