BROADCASTER Clare Balding’s beloved pooch Archie has died at the age of 15.
The sports presenter announced the tragic news on Twitter.
She wrote: “I am so sad to tell you that our beloved Archie has walked his last walk. @alicearnold1 and I are broken-hearted but grateful to him for the joy he gave us, the places he took us and the friends he brought us.
“We miss him so much. RIP Archie 2005-2020.”
The BBC sport presenter shared her beloved Tibetan Terrior with wife, Alice Arnold, who is also a broadcaster.
Her fans rushed to send their condolences to the women.
One Twitter user wrote: “so sorry to hear this:( Archie was one of the reasons I got my first TT, Tashi, 10 years ago now. @clarebalding was kind enough to reply to my tweet back then to tell her what an influence Archie had! Tashi still going strong, and now joined by Mac too. Thank you Archie, RIP.”
While another added: “I’m so sorry for your loss. When a dog passes away they take a little of your heart with them.”
A third said: “So sorry to hear this. We were just admiring him on your Crufts shows a couple of weeks back . RIP Archie and big hugs from Paddy.”
And a fourth commented: “My heart breaks for you.”
She has spoken in the past about her deep bond with Archie.
Clare wrote in the Waitrose Weekend newspaper in 2012: “Archie is nearly always pleased to see me, unless he’s cross with me for being away at something meaningless in his world – like the Olympics – in which case he ignores me for a few minutes and then can’t help himself making strange squeaky noises and giving me a cuddle.
“Archie is not an heroic dog. He is not even a particularly well behaved dog but he is our dog and I love him.”
Clare, 49, is a massive animal lover, especially dogs, and co-hosted dog show Crufts Extra alongside Alan Carr.
She even recently started a podcast dedicated to the canine world called, Dogcast with Clare Balding.
She said of her new venture: “This is a wonderful opportunity to talk about dogs to all sorts of experts and dog lovers, who would like to share advice and tips on training and great stories about how dogs have changed their lives.
“Some you’ll have heard of, and some you won’t, but my aim for the podcast is for it to be the perfect companion as you walk your dog.”