Gardeners’ World’s Monty Don inundated with support over old photo as he laments sad loss

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Gardeners’ World presenter, Monty Don, has touched the hearts of his fans after sharing a tribute to his late dog, Nigel, on social media. The golden retriever regularly appeared on the BBC show and was a favourite with fans.

Nigel died in May 2020 after being taken ill with violent seizures, leaving Monty devastated.

Monty has now reflected on his sad loss by sharing an old photograph of Nigel and his Yorkshire terrier Patti.

The dogs can be seen happily running down a garden path as Patti gazes at Nigel adoringly.

Monty told his 965,000 followers that the picture was taken just a week or two before Nigel died.

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He captioned the post: “Found this picture today- Nigel and Patti, taken just a week or two before he died.”

Almost 88,000 users have liked the post and hundreds have shared their words of love and support.

Twitter user, Eve-vee, said: “What a fabulous photo of dear Nigel. People don’t always realise how important photos are until photos and memories are all you have left.”

Karrie Hidderley added: “Nigel left a hole in your TV broadcasts and was much loved by your viewers. You must miss him still.”

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Echoing that, Carole Sandell replied: “That is such a lovely photo Monty. Nigel was so loved by everyone and greatly missed but he will always be there by your side in spirit.”

And Caroline Templer penned: “There was no dog like Nigel…. What a character… and the kindest face. “

As well as little Patti, Monty and his wife Sarah share a golden retriever called Nellie.

Monty regularly speaks about his love of dogs.

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Monty discussed the book on ITV’s Lorraine and explained that Nigel was his “constant companion”.

Monty added that it was “extraordinary” how much his pup was loved by fans.

He said: “Wherever I went, people didn’t want to see me, they wanted to see Nigel.

“It was everywhere in the world! I was stopped in the streets in Tokyo, ‘Where’s Nigel? Why isn’t he with you?'”

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