Miranda Hart has said she'll be taking time away from work following the death of her “darling” pet dog Peggy.
The actor and comedian described the late dog as her "absolute rock" as she posted the sad news to her Instagram account.
"Last week I said goodbye to my beautiful, darling dog Peggy," the 48-year-old wrote.
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"I share because I shared her with you when I wrote Peggy And Me and many of you took her to your hearts. I have always been amused by and grateful for the pictures and gifts she was showered with. She used a blanket a fan gave her in Australia until the end."
The Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross was the subject of Hart's 2016 book Peggy And Me and regularly featured on the star’s Instagram.
She added in her tribute that Peggy had even been recognised independently of her while being walked by friends.
Hart went on: "Fellow dog owners will know the excruciating sadness of losing your loyal, loving best friend. The pain mirrors the unique joy, connection, comfort and love they bring. And Peggy was my absolute rock and source of all those things. Their uncompromising, unconditional loving presence is such an incredible gift. Enjoy your dogs as much as you can. They are great teachers.
"I’m using this time to take some time away from work / posting to write and rest and see what the new chapter will be.
“Take very good gentle care of yourselves, please thank you please. Love oo. Peggy - you were always by my side and always on my side. I will miss you everyday."
Hart shared several photos of the beloved pooch including some of the pair of them together and one of Peggy posing next to the book.
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