‘Goodnight, my love’: James Middleton announces the death of his 15-year-old therapy dog who he once said helped him ‘overcome mental health issues’
The brother of the Princess of Wales, James Middleton, has announced the death of his beloved dog Ella in a heartbreaking Instagram post in tribute to the therapy dog who helped him through a battle with clinical depression.
The entrepreneur, who founded the raw dog food brand Ella & Co and named it after his beloved spaniel, paid tribute to his ‘dear Ella’ on Friday afternoon, who passed away at the age of 15.
Mr Middleton said Ella supported him ‘from my darkest days to my happiest’.
He has previously credited the black spaniel with helping him overcome his mental health issues and introducing him to his wife, Alizée Thevenet.
James Middleton announced the death of 15-year-old Ella on Friday afternoon on Instagram
The entrepreneur shared this photo of him rocking Ella just hours before she passed away
He wrote on Instagram: “It is with great sadness that I announce that my dear Ella has passed away.
“Ella has been by my side for 15 years, from my darkest days to my happiest. I’m going to miss her terribly.
‘Ella had a very short illness, she slipped into my arms at home and is now buried next to Tilly in the garden. I took this photo a few hours before she died
“I’m about to put this together to write this, and despite knowing this day was coming, it doesn’t make it any easier.
“Goodnight my dear Ella, Alizee and the dogs will take good care of me.”
He accompanied the post with two photos of Ella, including one he took just hours before she died in his arms.
Minutes after he posted the news, Ella & Co said it “missed her already.”
Mr Middleton told his followers: ‘For 15 years Ella has been by my side, from my darkest days to my happiest’
Mr Middleton has previously described how Ella was the reason he met his wife, Alizée
Mr. Middleton even founded his own raw dog food company and named it after his beloved dog
Princess Charlotte first glimpsed her beloved pet Spaniel Orla as she celebrated turning seven with an adorable spring photo
He previously told his followers that Ella helped him overcome clinical depression and “saved his life,” leading him to sign up with Pets As Therapy, a charity that visits care facilities with dogs to help people recover.
He and Ella had been volunteering with the charity for over four years before she passed away on Friday.
Mr Middleton has previously described his ‘really difficult struggle’ 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-throbbing fear took away any joy, excitement or fear . anticipation.
‘It was during this time that I realized how much my dogs, in particular [sic] Ella, has helped me through a very difficult battle with clinical depression. She saved my life.’
Until Ella’s death, Mr. Middleton and his wife had seven dogs, including a puppy from a litter that one of their four-legged friends gave birth to late last year.
He has previously described how Ella walked up to Alizée at a London club when they first met in 2014.
Mr. Middleton went to him to “apologise and bring Ella back,” and his wife mistook him for a waiter. They got married in 2021.
In addition to his own love of spaniels, Charlotte, the daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, has also been treated to a loving companion after her uncle gave her a young dog in 2020.
Princess Charlotte first glimpsed her beloved pet Spaniel Orla when she celebrated turning seven with an adorable spring photo.
The little princess was seen giving her dog a warm hug as she posed in a field of bluebells in a sweet photo taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk in May.
Orla, whose name is Celtic in origin and means ‘golden princess’, was bred by the Duchess’s brother, James, and was given to the family shortly before the death of their spaniel Lupo in November 2020.