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Heartbroken dog owner is joined by 30 strangers for her terminally ill Shih Tzu’s final walk

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Heartbroken dog owner is joined by 30 strangers to help her say goodbye to her cancer-stricken Shih Tzu, 14, on a final walk before she is put down

  • Alison French, 57, posted about the final walk on Wallasey Beach, Liverpool
  • She said that having strangers come to the beach with her was ‘fantastic’
  • Shitzu Looby, 14, was put down  yesterday following a long struggle with cancer

A heartbroken dog owner was joined by 30 strangers for her cancer-stricken pooch’s final walk before it was put down by vets. 

Alison French, 57, advertised 14-year-old Shih Tzu Looby’s last walk along Wallasey beach, Merseyside, on social media.

The beloved pet, which was put down at 4:30pm yesterday, had battled lymphoma cancer for almost three years after doctors said she would only live for a few weeks.

Alison French, 57, who is disabled, asked people to attend 14-year-old dog Looby's final walk on social media

Alison French, 57, who is disabled, asked people to attend 14-year-old dog Looby’s final walk on social media

As many as 30 strangers turned up to walk with the pooch, that was going to be put down later that day, along Wallasey beach in Merseyside

As many as 30 strangers turned up to walk with the pooch, that was going to be put down later that day, along Wallasey beach in Merseyside

‘I’m disabled and I’ve had Looby since she was a puppy’, Alison told the Liverpool Echo.

‘I don’t really have anyone to support me, so I posted on a few local groups to see if anyone could help me say goodbye to her.

‘And the response was fantastic, hundreds of people have shared the post and said they would come down to the beach.’

Writing on Facebook the day before the walk, Alison welcomed anybody that would ‘love to come and say hello and goodbye to her’. 

Posting after Looby was put down, Alison said she wanted to thank ‘all the lovely caring women, men and children that helped me get through today… You were all so wonderful, thoughtful, caring and really helpful’.

Writing on Facebook the day before the walk, Alison welcomed anybody that would 'love to come and say hello and goodbye' to Looby

Writing on Facebook the day before the walk, Alison welcomed anybody that would ‘love to come and say hello and goodbye’ to Looby

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Writing on Facebook she said that anyone that wanted to could 'come and say hello and goodbye to her'. The dog had suffered from lymphoma cancer

Writing on Facebook she said that anyone that wanted to could ‘come and say hello and goodbye to her’. The dog had suffered from lymphoma cancer

Writing about her dog, she said: ‘Looby you were a brilliant dog for me. I miss you so much but at least you are up in heaven now out of pain.

‘You can also eat what you want up there… as you hate dog food.

‘Goodnight everybody. I’m going to sleep next to her tonight as she will be getting buried very soon.’

After Looby was put down, Alison said she was 'brilliant' and that she misses the pet so much, but 'at least you are up in heaven now out of pain'

After Looby was put down, Alison said she was ‘brilliant’ and that she misses the pet so much, but ‘at least you are up in heaven now out of pain’

Posting after Looby was put down, Alison said she wanted to thank 'all the lovely caring women, men and children that helped me get through today'

Posting after Looby was put down, Alison said she wanted to thank ‘all the lovely caring women, men and children that helped me get through today’

Many Facebook users rallied to offer Alison support. One wrote: ‘Sending you so much love right now. I wish I could take your pain away.’

Another commented: ‘Such a lovely thing that you did for her. Sending you our love.’ 

Thankfully Alison has another dog, Lola, a cat called Luna and a kitten called Isla to keep her company.

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