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18 May 2020, 13:17 | Updated: 21 May 2020, 13:22
Gardeners' World presenter Monty Don has shared a touching tribute to his beloved late pet dog Nigel on what would have been his 12th birthday.
The 64-year-old host took to social media to share the heartbreaking post about the golden retriever.
The presenter’s pet passed away last week, with yesterday marking Monty's dog’s birthday.
Monty tweeted: "It would have been Nigel’s 12 birthday today. I shall raise a glass in celebration of his life."
As you may have heard on @BBCr4today, Nigel often stole the show when we were filming with Monty at Longmeadow. Here's one of our favourite clips from a couple of years ago 🐾 #GardenersWorld #RIPNigel pic.twitter.com/E8h5qkbtXX— BBC Gardeners World (@GWandShows) May 13, 2020
Nigel became a surprise star after appearing on Gardeners’ World, receiving his own fan mail, social media fan accounts.
Monty's other dog Nellie also often appeared alongside the presenter on the gardening programme. In 2016, Monty released a book called Nigel: My family and other dogs.
Last Monday, Monty revealed Nigel had died after he was taken ill and is now buried with "lots of tennis balls".
Monty wrote: "I am very sorry to announce that Nigel has died.
It would have been Nigel’s 12 birthday today. I shall raise a glass in celebration of his life. pic.twitter.com/e4f1yZjCbk— Monty Don (@TheMontyDon) May 17, 2020
"To the end he was happy, healthy and his usual calm, lovely self.
"But he was suddenly taken ill and he slipped quietly away with no pain or suffering and is now buried in the garden with lots of tennis balls.
"Rest now old friend. See you in the sweet bye and bye."