Miranda Hart took to Instagram to share the devastating news that her adorable dog Peggy has sadly died.

The 48-year-old shared an number of sweet snaps in tribute of her grey and white trusted companion.

Back in 2016, Miranda even released a book called Peggy and Me, giving readers an insight into the lovable life they shared together.

In the novel, the National Treasure hilariously refers to her cross breed Bichon Frise and Shih-Tzu puppy as the "S***ty Frise – fun".

The TV star and her beloved dog Peggy certainly had a legion of fans, with Miranda commenting that on occasions it was her furry friend who stole all of the limelight on dog walks.

Alongside some loving memories, Miranda emotionally penned: "Last week I said goodbye to my beautiful, darling dog, Peggy.

"I share because I shared her with you when I wrote Peggy and Me and many of you took her to your hearts. I have always been amused by and grateful for the pictures and gifts she was showered with.

"She used a blanket a fan gave her in Australia until the end."

Peggy, who had starred in the book and often took prime position on Miranda's Instagram page, had become a celebrity in her own right.

Miranda explained: "She was recognised more than once in public when friends walked her and once when I was walking her and the woman looked at me said, 'Oh my goodness… is that Peggy, I can't believe it'. And then looked at me again, when I thought I might be showered in a compliment, and she just said suspiciously, 'How come you get to walk her?' I proudly and with a lot of internal giggles said 'I am Peggy's owner!'"

Detailing her pain after saying goodbye to her companion, she went on: "Fellow dog owners will know the excruciating sadness of losing your loyal, loving best friend.

"The pain mirrors the unique joy, connection, comfort and love they bring. And Peggy was my absolute rock and source of all those things.

"Their uncompromising, unconditional loving presence is such an incredible gift. Enjoy your dogs as much as you can. They are great teachers.

"I'm using this time to take some time away from work/posting to write and rest and see what the new chapter will be. Take very good gentle care of yourselves, please thank you please. Love oo. Peggy – you were always by my side and always on my side. I will miss you everyday."

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