Professor Noel Fitzpatrick was in tears during today’s Lorraine as he revealed how difficult he found dealing with the death of his beloved dog Keira.
Supervet Noel announced the heartbreaking news back in September that Keira died aged 14.
The loss the Irish veterinary surgeon felt has clearly been very difficult, as he explained how he’s coped in the weeks since.
Noel, who has brought out a new children’s book, said he visits the dog’s grave every single day, which is outside his practice.
Lorraine noted: ‘You’ve gone through the worst with your Keira, she was the most important girl in your life for such a long time… how are you doing?’
Noel replied: ‘I cry every time I see her, her little grave is outside my window at work and I just left work this morning to come into the studio.
Noel broke down on Lorraine on Friday morning (Picture: ITV)
‘I said goodbye to her whenever I leave, and I say hello to her multiple times a day,’ he told her.
The vet explained he’d decided to dedicate the his new project to his late pet due to her ‘unconditional love’, which is also the subject of the book.
He continued: ‘It’s a thing you can’t explain, it’s one of those things that connect us in a sense of oneness, where we feel we belong in the moment. She was my confidante; she was my best friend for 14 years.
‘No matter how sad I was, she made me happy, no matter how sweaty I was, she wiped it better… she liked me smelly, so she was the best possible friend.’
Later on in the chat, Noel said he was tearful every single day and he even ran the London marathon with a sprained ankle, but the event helped him to ‘let go’ of Keira.
He said: ‘I was treating other people’s animals and I’m crying. My friend signed me up for the [London] Marathon before Covid-19.
‘So, I ran the marathon on a sprained ankle. I was in horrendous pain. A really interesting thing happened,’ the vet continued.
‘I ran it for her [Keira] and I had a photo of her in my pocket… when the physical pain met the emotional pain.’
As he broke down in tears, he added: ‘All of a sudden I was able to let her go, you know?’
Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.