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heart broken Celeb chef Neven Maguire 'heartbroken' after his beloved dog Benji is knocked down

'They brought so much happiness and joy to our lives. Will always be grateful'

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Poor Benji

Poor Benji

Poor Benji

Celebrity chef Neven Maguire has thanked everyone for all their kind messages following the death of his beloved pooch Benji. 

Neven revealed that his family was “truly heartbroken” after Benji was knocked down and killed.

“Some sad news,” Neven tweeted. “One of our dogs Benji was tragically knocked down & killed yesterday.

“We loved our dogs, they brought us so much happiness..were so sad & will miss Benji so much. Thank u for all the happy memories laughter & fun he touched our lives so much we will always cherish.”

He later added: “Thank you all for your messages. So kind I’m truly heartbroken.

“They brought so much happiness and joy to our lives. Will always be grateful. Good night and thank you.”

Dozens of fellow animal lovers have reacted to his posts, expressing their sympathy with his loss.

“So sorry for you,” one has written. “will think of you and light a candle tomorrow.”

Another added: “Neven we lost our wee Teeny in October and had to say good bye to our beautiful boxer Bailey yesterday, heartheartbroken for Amelda the kids and you.”

One said: “I'm so sorry for your loss and know the pain you are going through.. lost my little 9-year-old poodle suddenly to heart failure on Wednesday. She was part of my soul. The pain is unreal. I can't imagine life without her. Thinking of you all.”

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Another person added: “So sorry to hear your sad news, Neven. I know how much you love your doggies. Love to you, Amelda, and the children. Sending much love.”

“Oh Neven, Amelda & family, I’m so sorry to hear about your ‘Canine kids’. The loss of a pet is immense & be so painful but the pain does ease a bit after the passage of time. Thinking of you & sending you all a virtual hug.”

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Benji and Roxy with the twins

Benji and Roxy with the twins

Benji and Roxy with the twins

Another who offered their sympathies said: “It’s because dogs give us so much, when they go the hole is huge and the pain is real. They’ll always be a part of you and the lovely memories you all have together. It just takes time.”

Neven and his family acquired Roxy & Benji as canine companions during lockdown.

He revealed in an RTE interview how the two-year-old Bichons Frises are the twins’ second ever pets, after some goldfish.

"Just before Eileen, Amelda’s mum, passed away, she wanted to get the twins a dog," Neven said.

"Eileen was sick for a few months and we were to-ing and fro-ing with a breeder in Cavan. About two weeks after Eileen died, we visited the breeder, a lovely man, and he had two Bichon Frise pups, a boy and a girl.

"We had only gone to get one dog but we couldn’t separate them. And they have brought us so much happiness since: great fun, great company and during lockdown they had us out walking every day. Dogs and animals really do teach young children all about love and respect and the twins absolutely love them."

Benji and Roxy became stars on Maguire’s popular social media pages, and Neven revealed how customers had started asking about them.

"They got groomed earlier this week and we had over 12,000 views of a picture of them looking their best. People seem to connect with pets, especially during lockdown when so many people got them.

"We always had a Golden Labrador at home when I was young. There were three during my childhood. There was Rocky but the other names have faded. Now I’m Roxy's 'boyfriend’ as she drops everyone else when I show up."

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