Dying dog enjoys dream final week with ‘favourite game’ and last beach walk

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A dying dog was treated to cake, a beach walk, and his favourite game before a final trip to the vets.

Fiona Gilmore, 46, had owned German shepherd Kofi, aged 11, since he was seven weeks old.

The dog trainer, from Dunbar in East Lothian, Scotland, had travelled the world with her adored pooch.

However, Fiona recently made the heartbreaking decision to put Kofi down after his health began to deteriorate.

She booked a vet appointment for Saturday afternoon, April 10, and took Kofi for a walk on a beach at sunrise that morning.

The day before, she invited a friend round to her garden in Dunbar, East Lothian, where Kofi had steak, salmon, and even a cake made from liver and decorated with cream cheese.

Just before he died, Kofi was allowed to play his favourite game, man trailing, where he hunted a veterinary nurse around the outside of a building.

Fiona said: "When he was six months old we went to live in Italy, we lived in Wales, we travelled around together.

"His back legs were starting to go and he was in pain.

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"I needed to make a decision at some point, rather than wait until he couldn't enjoy anything."

She went on: "I just wanted to have a nice final week with him rather than wait until he couldn't walk."

At one point, Fiona posted on Facebook that she planned to take Kofi to Dunbar Garden Centre, where wellwishers turned up with treats.

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She has one other dog, Novak, aged two, who is also missing Kofi.

Fiona said: "It has been really lovely that I have been able to have a date in mind and been able to do what I wanted to in the run-up.

"We have said goodbye with one last walk and a swim in the sea.

"He had a great adventurous life, we did lots of things.

"They have got me through lockdown."

Back in February, a beloved local dog who acted as a “tour guide” and protected locals from wild animals was tragically killed in a car accident.

Kopi-O, from the island of Pulau Ubin in Singapore, was laid to rest and given his own grave by devastated locals.

The two-and-a-half-year-old Singapore special died on February 3 in an alleged hit and run with a taxi, local news site Mothership reported.

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Residents rushed him to a mainland vet, but their efforts were sadly in vain.

After his burial, Kopi-O's brother Teh-O was pictured mourning his sibling and lying on top of his grave.

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