‘Good night my love’: James Middleton announces the death of his 15-year-old therapy dog who he credited with helping him ‘overcome mental health struggles’
James Middleton, the Princess of Wales’ brother, announced the death of his beloved dog Ella, in a heartbreaking Instagram post, honoring the therapy dog who helped him during his battle with clinical depression.
The entrepreneur, who founded the Ella & Co brand of raw dog food he named after his beloved spaniel, paid tribute to “Dear Ella” on Friday afternoon, who passed away at the age of 15.
Middleton said Ella supports him “from my darkest days to the happiest days of my life”.
He previously credited a black spaniel with helping him overcome his mental struggles and introducing him to his wife, Alizée Thevenet.
James Middleton announced the death of Ella, 15, on Instagram on Friday afternoon
The businessman shared this photo of him cuddling Ella, taken hours before her death
He wrote on Instagram: “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing away of my dear Ella.
For 15 years, Ella has been by my side, from my darkest days to my happiest days. I will miss her very much.
Ella had a very short illness, slipped into my arms at home and is now buried in the garden alongside Tilly. This photo was taken a few hours before her death
I’m just in the process of getting it together to write this, and despite the fact that I knew this day was coming, it doesn’t make it any easier.
“Goodnight my darling Ella and Elise, and the dogs will take good care of me.”
He enclosed the letter with two photos of Ella, one of which he took hours before she died in his arms.
Minutes after he broke the news, Ella & Co. said they were “already missing him.”
Mr. Middleton told his followers: “For 15 years Ella has been by my side, from my darkest days to the happiest days of my life.”
Mr. Middleton has previously described how Ella was the reason he met his wife, Alizee
Mr. Middleton even started his own raw dog food company and named it after his beloved dog
Princess Charlotte has given the first glimpse of her beloved pet spaniel Orla as she celebrates seven years with a fabulous spring.
He previously told followers that Ella helped him overcome clinical depression and “saved his life,” which led him to sign up for Pet As Therapy, a charity that visits dog-sitters to help people recover.
He and Ella had been volunteers at the charity for more than four years before her death on Friday.
Mr. Middleton previously described his ‘really hard battle’ with the condition: ‘A few years ago I was in a very dark and lonely place, I existed without purpose or direction, the constant heart of worry stripped away any joy, excitement or anticipation.
During this time I realized how much my dog, in particular, is [sic] Ella helped me through a really difficult battle with clinical depression. You saved my life.
Until Ella’s death, Middleton and his wife had seven dogs, including a puppy from a litter that one of their dogs gave birth to late last year.
He previously described how Ella ran into Alizée at a club in London when they first met in 2014.
Mr. Middleton heads over to apologize and bring Ella back, his wife mistaking him for a waiter. They marry in 2021.
In addition to his own love of dogs, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s daughter Charlotte has been treated to a loving companion after her uncle gifted her a poodle in 2020.
Princess Charlotte has given the first glimpse of her beloved pet spaniel Orla as she celebrates her seventh birthday with a fabulous spring break.
The little princess is seen cuddling her pet dog warmly as she stands in a field of blue roses in a sweet photo taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk in May.
Orla, whose name was Celtic in origin and means ‘Golden Princess’, was bred by the Duchess’s brother James and given to the family shortly before the death of the Spaniel Lupo in November 2020.