Clare Balding and partner inundated with replies after tragic news ‘We’re broken-hearted’

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Clare Balding, 47, expressed her devastation at the family’s tragic loss. The BBC presenter shared her Tibetan Terrier with wife, Alice Arnold, who is also a broadcaster.

Taking to Twitter, Clare posted a heartfelt message in view of her 702,000 followers.

She penned: “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.”

Clare accompanied the emotional tribute with a series of snaps of Archie.

Fans flocked to comment on the post, as many social media users offered their condolences.

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BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty penned: “Sending love Clare – Heartbreaking when our darling pets leave us.”

BBC weather forecaster Matt Taylor wrote: “So sorry both of you. My girls are most upset for you too.”

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Archie. We lost our lovely girl Lola on Monday and our hearts like yours are broken at the moment. My only comfort is that they are now across the rainbow bridge and one day we’ll see them again,” another person commented.

“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,” a Twitter user chimed.

While a third person added: “I’m so sorry for your loss. When a dog passes away they take a little of your heart with them.”

Clare has previously opened up about her deep bond with Archie.

Speaking to Country Living earlier this year, she said: “Archie will be 15 on 15th March. We’ve had him since he was a puppy and now he’s an old man. He is very much the boss of the house. His grandfather was Fabulous Willie, who won Crufts in 2007.”

Clare also addressed the loss of her other dog Percy, adding: “My father wrote me a very good letter after Percy got killed and he said, ‘You can’t replace him but you can fill the hole he has left’.

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“I couldn’t bear coming downstairs in the morning to an empty house and not having a reason to go for a walk every day.”

She revealed that they got Archie not long after losing her previous dog.

Clare continued: “We got Archie fairly soon afterwards and I’m so glad we did. I think it will be different when Archie’s time comes because he’s so much older and has been part of our lives for 15 years.

“We have photos and pictures of him all over the house so he will always be with us. I suspect we will have a gap before we think about getting another dog.”

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The Olympics broadcaster is known for being a lover of animals, most notably dogs, and co-hosted Crufts Extra alongside Alan Carr earlier this year.

More recently, the presenter started a podcast dedicated to the canine world called Dogcast with Clare Balding.

Speaking about her latest move, she revealed the podcast discusses how dogs have “changed lives”.

“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,” Clare told The Sun.

“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.”

 

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