Noel Fitzpatrick appeared on Lorraine this morning and teared up as he spoke about his late border terrier, Keira, saying ‘I woke up every day crying’
Celebrity veterinary surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick described his final year with his late border terrier, Keira, as the “best year of my life” in an emotional TV appearance.
The 13-year-old dog had been by his side every day and was his “constant companion and best friend”.
But when she was hit by a van in October 2020, Noel feared she might not make it, and the decision to operate on her himself was the ‘most nervous’ he’d ever been in his life.
The terrier was gifted an extra year with Noel, for which the Supervet said he is “so grateful”.
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on her morning show on Friday, he opened up on his grief, and the moment he came to terms with her death during the London Marathon.
The 53-year-old vet said: “The truth is I couldn’t cope. I woke up every day crying, treating other peoples animals crying.
“My friend had signed me up for the marathon before Covid and I thought ‘how am I going to train for that?’.”
Noel would finish work in the theatre at 11pm, and go on a three hour run – but became injured just a week before the race.
Welling up, he said: “I was doing my last run and a car came round the corner. I had to jump for cover and I sprained my ankle. I was in horrendous pain but I ran it for her with a photo in my pocket and a very interesting thing happened.
“When the physical pain met the emotional pain, then all of a sudden I was able to let her go. Mile 19 on the South Bank and it was beautiful.”
Noel had appeared on the show to promote his children’s book, Vetman and his Bionic Animal Clan, which was released on October 28.
He has dedicated the book to his beloved dog, who’s buried at Fitzpatrick Referrals, in Surrey.
The Supervet told Lorraine: “Her little grave is outside my window at work and I left work this morning to come into the studio – I say goodbye to her whenever I leave and I say hello to her multiple times a day.
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“The book’s about unconditional love and I dedicated the book to her because she was – and with your Angus you’ll know – unconditional love.
“She was my confidant, my best friend for 14 years and no matter how sad I was, she made me happy.”
Keira’s dedication in the novel reads: “As long as you believe in unconditional love you can be the greatest you dream of becoming and you are by my side now, before and everyday onwards.”
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