Britains Got Talent champion dog Pudsey dies – BBC News

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Image caption Pudsey and owner Ashleigh Butler had worked together for 11 years

Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey {the dog|your dog|canine} has died, ITV has confirmed.

The border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested cross won the contest in 2012 with owner Ashleigh Butler.

The pair became famous for their dance routine to the Mission Impossible theme, and were {the first|the initial|the very first} dog act to win the competition.

Paying tribute to Pudsey on Friday, Ashleigh described him as a “beautiful boy” who had changed her life.

A post on the Britain’s Got Talent Twitter feed said: “We are saddened {to hear|to listen to|to know} that today we lost Pudsey, a most marvellous winner. Our thoughts are with Ashleigh. ”

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Image caption The pair won over viewers by dancing to the Mission Impossible theme

Ashleigh said 11-year-old Pudsey was put down on Thursday {after a|following a|after having a} short battle against leukaemia.

“I had to make the hardest decision of my life to let my beautiful boy go to sleep at the age of 11, ” she said.

“From the minute {he was|that he was} born {he|that he} brought {nothing but|only|just} joy {to me|if you ask me|in my experience}, and as {a winner|successful|a success} of BGT millions of {others who|other people who|other individuals who} adored him too.

“No words can express {just how much|the amount of|simply how much} I will miss him.

“He changed {my life|my entire life} and {I have|I’ve} so many wonderful memories of our time together. He will {always be|continually be|often be} in my heart. ”

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Image caption Pudsey even starred in {his own|their own|his or her own} movie in 2014

Pudsey and Ashleigh, from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, had worked together for 11 years.

In October 2012, a book titled Pudsey: My Autobidography, was released, chronicling the pet’s rise to fame.

{He|That he} hit the big screen in 2014, taking the leading role in {his own|their own|his or her own} movie, Pudsey The Dog: The Movie.

The pair also travelled to America following their big win, where they performed on America’s Got Talent and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Tributes began to pour in {within minutes|within a few minutes|within seconds} of Britain’s Got Talent sharing news of his death, with fans saying they were “heartbroken” and sending wishes to his family.

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Image caption Fans said on social media {that they were|they were|which they were} “heartbroken” at {the news|the news headlines|the headlines}

Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams took to Twitter to pay tribute, writing: “Farewell to {a very|an extremely|a really} special dog that {the nation|the country|the world} fell in love with”.

Fan Jennifer Wood tweeted: “Actual just started crying reading and article about Pudsey {the dog|your dog|canine} dying… too sad”.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-40687618

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