Britain’s Got Talent dog Pudsey has died aged 11.
His owner Ashleigh Butler, who won the talent show with Pudsey in 2012, announced the news via Instagram, saying she was ‘heartbroken’ to say goodbye.
“I can’t honestly believe I am writing these words. My handsome man has gone, and I don’t know what to do without him.”
She continued: “My heart is broken, and I don’t know how I’m going to get through this. It hurts so much, that my handsome, incredible Pudsey Bear will never be by my side, where he belongs, again.
“We only had 11 years together, but they were the best years ever. He was my one in a billion dog that will never be replaced.”
She added: “I don’t need to write all of his endless accomplishments on here to prove how incredible he was for me.
“Sleep tight my handsome man, I love you lots xxxx.”
Smiling on my walks! What are all up to this weekend?! pic.twitter.com/aIer8pr51V
— OfficialPudsey (@OfficialPudsey) June 24, 2017
Named after Pudsey Bear, which in turn was named after the picturesque West Yorkshire village of Pudsey, the dog’s last Crufts competition was in March.
Ashleigh and Pudsey were part of the sixth series of Britain’s Got Talent.
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Ashleigh had previously told the Sun that Pudsey helped her through hard times when she was growing up.
“I used to hear them saying, ‘Oh, there’s dog girl, all she ever does is hang around with her dogs.’
“But when I got home, if I was down or anything like that, Pudsey knew and he’d come up and sit next to me.
“And I know when he doesn’t want to do something or he’s not himself or feeling right.
“The hardest thing I’ve found is protecting him from other people.
“Everywhere we go, everybody wants a trick.”
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