Ashleigh Murray and her dog Marley are the best of pals. At just seven years of age, Marley has been with Ashleigh through thick and thin.
He was there when Ashleigh lost a baby; there when her relationship of ten years ended; there when her father sadly passed away; and there throughout her PTSD. All this makes his cancer diagnosis at such an early age all the more tragic.
A tragic illness
The gorgeous Cocker Spaniel has an aggressive form of cancer called haemangiosarcoma. Marley has had treatment to remove his spleen and a tumour but unfortunately neither have been successful and now little Marley has just weeks left to live.
Marley's best day ever
Ashleigh has set out to make his last few weeks the best ever and has been spoiling him with toys, treats and special dinners but the biggest event was a walk with lots of other dogs at his favourite park, Crawfordsburn Country Park in Bangor, Co. Down.
Ashleigh put the event on Facebook and hoped for a handful of dog owners to turn up. She was bowled over by the reponse when 350 owners and around 400 dogs turned up.
The event was to raise money for the Dogs Trust and local businesses provided treats for the pooches and pizza for the walkers.
“Never in our wildest puppy dog dreams did we ever think this amount of people would show up for a normal girl and her little doggy.”
There's nothing that can be said to make Ashleigh feel better about the loss of her beloved best pal but hopefully, this event will give her some special memories and give Marley one of his best days ever.
We wish them both all the very best.