Monty Don: Gardeners’ World host inundated with support after post about late dog Nigel

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Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don, 65, has sparked an outpouring of love and support from his fans after he shared a photo of his late dog Nigel in view of his 752,000 Instagram followers. The American Gardens host’s beloved Golden Retriever died eight months ago after he fell ill and suffered from “violent fits all night”.

Monty reflected on the loss of his pet pooch by posting a photo of him enjoying some winter sun, which he revealed was taken “this time last year”.

Nigel could be seen sitting outside in the garden beside a fence in a patch of sunlight.

He had his eyes closed and seemed to be very relaxed as he basked in the warm glow.

The author and horticulturalist penned alongside the snap: “Nigel this time last year, the old boy soaking up some winter sun.”

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Fans rushed to the comments section of Monty’s moving post to send him their condolences.

One person wrote: “EVERYBODY misses Nigel…..”

Another fan commented: “Such a beautiful boy. You must miss him terribly.”

A third person replied: “I miss him so I can’t imagine how you feel!”

 

A fourth said: “Rest in peace Nigel.”

“And he is basking in the sun with the angels now. Nothing loved is ever lost,” a fifth person told Monty.

“Beautiful dog, how privileged to have had such a faithful friend,” another fan added.

Monty previously spoke out on the night before Nigel’s death in an interview from last year.

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Monty admitted the tragic moment was a shock for him, as Nigel had never had seizures before.

The horticultural expert recalled: “It was a lovely day and he’d been outside and at 7 o’clock in the evening we went for a walk, he was fine, and I put him to bed at 10 o’clock.

“Then at one in the morning, my son, because my son and daughter-in-law have been in lockdown with us, woke me and said, ‘Nigel is having fits’. So I stayed with him for the rest of the night and he fitted all night.”

Monty then quizzed the Griefcast podcast host Cariad Lloyd: “I don’t know if you’ve ever been with a person when they’ve had a seizure.” 

“No, not a seizure, no,” the comedian responded. 

Monty replied: “Well, I have, and it’s really shocking, it’s really dramatic.

“It’s such a violent thing and you feel as someone who’s trying to help, I sort of know what to do, but it feels inadequate because it’s so violent and people can break bones and anyway, you have a large dog doing just that all night, again and again and again.”

“And he’d never had seizures before?” Cariad asked. 

Monty revealed: “Never before, so by morning I was thinking, please just die, just die, because this is not good.”

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