Gemma Atkinson has spoken of her heartbreak after her beloved pet dog Norman was injured.
Sproodle Normon hurt a cruciate ligament in one of his legs – after having the same injury in a different leg eight months ago.
34-year-old Gemma found her dog hurt while he played in a field but she was unable to scoop him up because she’s pregnant.
The Strictly star had to be helped by her mum, who lives nearby, to rush Norman to an emergency vet, reports Manchester Evening News.
Sharing a video of her cuddling and stroking Normon, Gemma said : “I had the worst news today.
Norman’s other cruciate ligament has gone so he needs to have another operation.”
She added: “Because I’m pregnant I couldn’t pick him up. He was leaning on my feet for me to comfort him and I couldn’t.
Snuggling up to the patient she told him: “Oh Norman, I love you so much buddy.”
Explaining the situation in a post alongside the video she said: “Here we go again. Thank God for my mum and peter being retired and living 2 minutes away!
“Another operation almost 8 months after his left cruciate ligament went, his right one has gone.
“I remember loads of you telling me it was the case with your dogs so I was kinda waiting for it.
“I’m just sad that I can’t pick him up for snuggles or carry him upstairs to sleep with me in the evening.
“Genuinely bringing my mattress down stairs when Gorks is on tour so the stairs won’t be an issue,” she said.
Gemma had roped in dogs Norman and Ollie to help break her pregnancy announcement earlier this month.
The former Hollyoaks actress is expecting her first baby with Strictly star Gorka Marquez, 28.
One of Gemma’s pooches was kitted out with a sign that read, “Guess what…mum’s pregnant” while the other wore one which said: “We’re going to be big brothers!”
Mum-to-be Gemma shared the shot and added, “And what Amazing big brothers they will be!
“Myself & Gorks are beyond excited and happy and feel incredibly blessed to be meeting our new family member later this year.
“Baby Marquez!!! We love you loads already.”