Monty Don’s beloved dog Nellie buried ‘like a Pharaoh’ as he shares heartbreaking details | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
World Gardeners’ presenter Monty Don has revealed that his pet Nellie was buried in the same manner as the Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
Discussing the emotional process of laying Nell to rest, Monty told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake that her body was surrounded by her favorite things
The gardener recalled: “We put her in her bed, wrapped in one of my jackets.
“And we put in her favorite biscuits, and tennis balls, and I picked all the flowers we could from the garden.”
“Like an Egyptian Pharaoh,” suggested host Nihal.
Monty agreed with the presenter’s statement, replying: “Yes, absolutely, very strongly… from her journey.”
Then Nihal exclaimed: “That’s beautiful, wow!”
Going on to explain why he chose to bury the beloved family dog in more detail, Monty shared “those rituals are very important”.
He continued: “But, of course, now there is a space where her bed was, and the fact that she would come when I was eating and press her head against my knee…”
Reflecting on his other fond memories of Nellie, Monty smiled and recalled: “She had a distinct bark when she was excited about getting food, and I’ve never heard another dog…
“We used to call her ‘woo woo’, and she had a certain kind of ‘woo woo’ bark and those little things.”
Nell became a TV star in her own right having appeared alongside Monty on BBC Gardeners’ World several times over the years.
Her death comes just three years after Monty lost his second Golden Retriever, Nigel.
Monty announced the sad news of her death on October 21, telling his 1.2 million Instagram followers: “I was going to tell you about my new book which is published next week but it can wait because Nell, my heart got , died last night.
“She was diagnosed with cancer in June and every day this summer has been a gift but it’s over now.
“We put her in the garden next to Nigel wrapped in one of my jackets with flowers, balls and her favorite biscuits.
“Her end was peaceful and dignified and the suffering ended clearly but it does not become easier to bear,” he said.
“So life goes on, but right now we are very, very sad.”
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