John Bishop heartbroken as beloved dog Bilko dies aged 15

John Bishop’s dog Bilko has died at 15-years-old (Picture: Instagram)

John Bishop has announced the death of his beloved dog Bilko at 15-years-old.

The comedian shared the news in a heartbroken message on Instagram, posting a picture of himself cuddling Bilko, an English bull terrier, close to his chest in the sunshine.

He wrote in the caption: ‘God I loved him…’

John also shared a video of his dog running through a field on his Instagram Stories saying: ‘Where I imagine Bilko to be right now’.

The TV star then uploaded a lovely black and white picture from Bilko’s final hours, which he spent with John in the garden at home.

‘His last afternoon was spent sitting on the couch watching the football then I carried him to the garden and we just sat together. This is our last picture. He was some friend x’ John wrote.

The Doctor Who star was showered with support in the comments, with TV presenter Mark Wright saying: ‘Sending you love John x’.

The Masked Dancer star Davina McCall wrote: ‘Sorry…that’s heartbreaking,’ and The One Show host Alex Jones commented: ‘So sorry!’

A follower said: ‘I remember being at one of your shows and you talking about him saying he was the only one who was pleased to see you when you came home, dogs give us the biggest joy and the biggest heartbreak when they leave, I feel for you.’

John Bishop and Bilko

John shared a picture from their ‘last afternoon’ together (Picture: Instagram)
Bilko was 15-years-old (Picture: Instagram)
He shared a sweet video of his dog running through a sunny field (Picture: Instagram)

‘Nothing else is quite like this loss. I’m so very sorry,’ came another comment.

Said one follower: ‘Sending you all my love. We lost our beautiful boy 8 weeks ago, we feel completely lost without him’ as another simply said: ‘Pain like no other’.

Bilko regularly appeared on John’s Instagram page and the actor confessed it made him sad to see his best friend age.

Bilko often featured on John’s social media (Picture: Instagram)

Alongside a video of his pet curled up asleep on the sofa, John said: ‘This is my best mate Bilko.

‘He is 15 years old and has had a great life since we got him from a dogs home but it breaks my heart to see his legs failing on his walks.

‘But when he sleeps he still runs in his dreams . Sometimes we should all dream like dogs.’

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