A DOG owner has paid heartfelt thanks to Brecon’s walkers in a special tribute to his beloved dog Monty, who passed away last week.

Monty passed away last Monday morning after an 18-month battle with leukaemia.

The ten-year-old labradoodle enjoyed exploring hills and walks all over the country with his owner, Carlos Fresco.

Carlos, said: “I have visited your beautiful region many times over the years and my labradoodle Monty has always been at my side. We have climbed all over the country and Monty has summited the three peaks and was always up for adventure.”

After becoming aware that Monty wasn’t very well, Carlos decided to return to the beacons, staying with friends in Brecon, so they could share one last journey together.

Carlos 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.”

Carlos and Monty travelled up to the peak of Pen y Fan. Many walkers stopped to say hello and meet Monty, who was helped to the top with the aid of a wheelbarrow.

Carlos said: “He loved hill walks and we improvised and took him on trips around your wonderful beacons. Although he was weak he enjoyed all the fuss and attention received by so many well wishers. People on the hills were so kind and equally so sad at his deteriorating condition. 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.

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

Carlos continued: “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.

“Monty passed away at the foot of my bed on Monday morning. Aged ten. The little fella hung on for Father’s Day and is now at peace.

“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.”