GBBO presenter’s letter of ‘unbearable pain’ will make you cry

Sue Perkins had taken to her blog to post a letter that described her heartbreak and guilt following a tragic loss.

The 45-year old presenter of The Great British Bake off had penned the tribute to her dog Pickles, a beagle, when he had to be put down. The canine was suffering from cancer and Sue described the guilt she felt at “having you killed.”

Though it has been a year since Sue’s beloved pooch passed away, in recent days the letter has been circulated widely on social media.

“This is NOT a eulogy. Quite frankly Pickle, you don’t deserve one, because, as you are well aware, your behaviour from birth, right up to the end was unequivocally terrible.”

Sue wrote ‘A letter to Pickles’ in January last year and it has been viewed almost 100,000 times.

The comedienne labelled the post with a warning: “this contains graphic scenes of pet adoration.”

She described Pickles as both her best friend and protector. While it does have some light hearted moments, although no innuendos about soggy bottoms, it is also making us feel a lot of feelings.

One reader commented: "I haven't cried this much in years."

While others were able to share in Sue's grief: 

“I didn’t ever believe that something as alive as you could ever succumb to something as ordinary as death… How could you be sick when you ran and jumped and played, day after day?”

Any pet owner can imagine the pain of having to let a long-time companion go and Sue manages to put it into words incredibly well.

Sue hasn’t been put off bringing a new dog into her life though. This time she says she would look into a rescue pet.

Between this and Mary Berry’s spoiler slip-up yesterday, the people of GBBO are just putting us through the emotional wringer. We need to sit down.