20/08/2015 06:11 BST | Updated 20/08/2015 06:59 BST

Sue Perkins' Open Letter To Her Dog, Pickle, Is Guaranteed To Have You In Tears

Sue Perkins has opened up about the agony of having her dog put down, in an open letter to her beloved pet.


The ‘Great British Bake Off’ presenter had to have her beagle, Pickle, put down last year, after he was diagnosed with cancer, having had him as her pet for 11 years.

At the time, Sue wrote the emotional letter to vent her feelings last January, though it has now been re-circulated on social media, following the return of ‘GBBO’ to screens.

Sue Perkins

Recalling the death of her beloved dog, she admits having to “stop my chest from bursting with the fear and horror and unbearable, unbearable pain”.

Sue also remembers the good times that Pickle was there for her, adding: “When someone once took a punch at me, you leaped in the air and took it. When I discovered I couldn’t have children, you let me use your neck as a hankie.”

“You were my longest relationship,” she adds, joking: “Although I think any decent psychologist would have deemed us irredeemably co-dependent.

“You were the engine of my life, the metronome of my day. You set the pulse and everything and everyone moved to it.”

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