While we wished dogs would live as long as we do, sadly, their lifespan does not even reach half of ours. The saddest part about this is when our pet canines are taken away from us at such an early age. That is the main reason why Ashleigh Murray decided to make the most out of her time left with her dying cocker spaniel, Marley.
Ashleigh, hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, adopted Marley when he was just a pup. Since the day they met, they had had each other’s backs, going through both the good times and the bad times together. Marley was there to get her through the loss of both her dad and baby, her breakup with her partner of ten years, and her struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
For Ashleigh, it was an understatement to say that Marley was her best friend. For her, he wasn’t only a friend but a soulmate. Unfortunately, their time left is cut short by Marley’s haemangiosarcoma, a malignant type of cancer.
Although Marley already underwent removal of the tumor and his spleen, the vets informed Ashleigh that it would only take a few more weeks before he passes away. This broke the dog owner’s heart in pieces, but she was determined to make the most out of these several weeks.
She wanted his last memories to be of joy and pure love. So to kickstart her plans, she organized the Marley’s Big Walk, a fundraiser where dog owners can come and walk with Marley at the local Crawfordsburn Country Park.
The park has a special place in the cocker spaniel’s heart, as this was where Ashleigh first took him for a walk. The funds would be donated to The Dogs Trust, the biggest pet charity in the country. While Ashleigh knew there would be hundreds of dog owners coming, she didn’t expect to welcome any less than 350 fur parents and 400 canines!
It was quite a successful event indeed, with them raising around £500. Local businesses also pitched in and donated food for the dog owners who came. Marley, on the other hand, enjoyed the overwhelming company, as well.
Although he would soon run free in heaven, he will still leave an unforgettable legacy on Earth. Look at the Marley’s Big Walk attendees here.
Here's Marleys amazing group shot🐶💙 We absolutely love it💙Aaron Aicken is a friend of mine from work! Aaron is an…
Courtesy of Ashleigh Murray