PUBLISHED: 15:22, Thu, Nov 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:22, Thu, Nov 12, 2020
Monty Don, 65, has spoken candidly about his final hours with his beloved pet dog Nigel, who died in May, six days before his 12th birthday. The Gardeners’ World host explained the golden retriever suffered from “violent fits all night” before his death.
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.”
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Monty Don shares last hours with dog Nigel (Image: INSTAGRAM•BBC)
Monty Don lost his dog Nigel earlier this year (Image: INSTAGRAM)
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.”
Monty Don presents Gardeners' World (Image: WENN)
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