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30 strangers join heartbroken woman as she takes cancer-stricken Shih Tzu on her final walk

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/13/2019 Luke Andrews For Mailonline

A heartbroken dog owner was joined by 30 strangers for her cancer-stricken pooch's final walk. 

a group of people standing on top of a sandy beach: 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 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 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

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

The beloved pet, which was put down on Saturday afternoon, had battled lymphoma cancer for almost three years after doctors said she would only live for a few weeks.

a person wearing a costume: Alison French, 57, who is disabled, asked people to attend 14-year-old dog Looby's final walk on social media © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Alison French, 57, who is disabled, asked people to attend 14-year-old dog Looby's final walk on social media

'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.'

a dog in the grass: Writing on Facebook the day before the walk, Alison welcomed anybody that would 'love to come and say hello and goodbye' to Looby © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 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 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'.

a dog wearing a wet suit is posing for the camera: 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 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 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.'

a small brown and white dog wearing a costume: 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' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 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' a screenshot of a social media post: 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' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 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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