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.
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.”
A photo of Sue's dog, Pickle
Of course, the letter isn't without its funnier moments, as she recalls: "As a pup, you crunched every CD cover in the house for fun. You chewed through electrical cable and telephone wires. You ripped shoes and gobbled plastic. You dived into bins, rolled in shit and licked piss off of pavements. You ate my bedposts.
"As an adult you graduated to raiding fridges and picnics, you stole ice cream from the mouths of infants, you jumped onto Christmas tables laden with pudding and cake and blithely walked through them all, inhaling everything in your wake."
Sue is currently co-presenting the sixth series of ‘Great British Bake Off’, with her long-term comedy partner, Mel Giedroyc.
Last December, Sue revealed that she was dating her fellow TV personality Anna Richardson, with Anna later revealed they’d been in a relationship for over a year.