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They say dogs are a man’s best friend, but in Dupont, Pennsylvania, Mellow the rescue pup was more than that – he was the whole town’s beloved companion.

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Since September 2019, Mellow and his owner, Kevin Curry, were a regular sight on the streets, taking two daily walks together. But when Mellow was tragically diagnosed with fast-spreading lymphoma, the time came for one last shared journey. Curry led Mellow on his final walk, marking a poignant farewell before the pup would leave for “doggie heaven”.

“It is a heartwarming and heartbreaking story,” said KJ Warunek, a local resident. Describing the scene of Mellow’s last walk, she added, “There were at least 25 people [on the first block]. When I looked to the next block, there was another 20. That’s how the whole walk went.”

This extraordinary show of Support came after Curry distributed touching flyers to neighbors, announcing Mellow’s goodbye trot. Despite his deteriorating health, Mellow expressed his gratitude to the community through a heartfelt note.

The message read: “Regardless of how well we know each other, you have made my life so much richer than any rescue dog could have hoped for… I’m not sure when exactly I will go, but each day over the past few weeks has been a struggle for me to get around the neighborhood like I used to.”

The note also invited neighbors to come and say goodbye in person, offering a pat on the head or a belly rub and included a map of the walk route and a $5 bill for a canine gift or charity donation.

During Mellow’s farewell event, neighbors lined up to pet him and give him treats, while others, overwhelmed by emotion, stood at a distance. The outpouring of love was not lost on Mellow; as Warunek observed, “Mellow knew he was the belle of the ball — he pranced around.”

Despite the sadness, Mellow’s final walk highlighted the beautiful bond between a dog and his community, and the joy he brought into their lives. The local ice cream shop, Choo Choo’s, even gifted him a complimentary scoop.

As Mellow embarks on his journey to doggie heaven, his memory lives on, reminding us to cherish our pets and appreciate the joy they bring into our lives.

We encourage everyone thinking of getting a pet to only adopt instead of shopping. Read more resources about adopting animals on One Green Planet, including 7 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Furry Best Friend, 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Adopt a Pet, and These Heartwarming Before and After Pictures of Adopted Rescue Animals Will Make Your Day! Read tips for pet adoptions and what to consider before adopting an animal. We recommend using these apps to find shelter dogs near you!

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