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Duchess’ brother's unexpected plus one at GQ Awards thrills dog lovers

James Middleton and his dog Ella dog-happy
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James Middleton, brother of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, took along a rather surprising guest to this year’s showbiz event. Sporting a beautiful fur coat, she was, in our opinion, the best guest to strut her stuff down the red carpet!

By Zoe Monk , 6 Sep 2019

Photos show his pretty guest, Ella, with beautiful dark eyes and wearing a beautiful black glossy coat to the Men of The Year Award ceremony in London.

But it wasn’t a girlfriend who kept him company. It was his beloved little Cocker Spaniel Ella.


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Ella even walked along the red carpet and posed for photos with her proud owner. Wearing a black and tartan Pets as Therapy jacket to support the animal therapy charity, Ella didn’t seem fazed by all the attention.


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James, who loves to fill his Instagram account with pictures of his nine beloved dogs, posted photos of his canine date during the evening.

‘Best date’

James posted: “I think I should win the award for the best date for the GQ Men of the Year awards.”

His followers agreed commenting: "Excellent date choice" and "This is just plain adorable."


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Pets As Therapy dog

James has previously taken to social media to post pictures of his dogs and talk about his pride at Ella becoming a Pets As Therapy dog. He said: “Animals can provide a sense of calm, comfort, or safety and divert attention away from a stressful situation and toward one that provides pleasure.

“Advocates of animal-assisted therapy say that developing a bond with an animal can help people develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilise their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialisation skills.

“I am a huge believer in this and Ella has done so much for me and we look forward to sharing the love, tummy tickles and many visits in 2019.”


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Battle with depression

James wants to change the stigma that’s often been associated with mental illness and has always been honest about his battle with depression. He’s also shared how his canine companions have helped him through it. He told the Daily Mail:

“I recognise, too, the role my dogs, Ella, Inca, Luna, Zulu and Mabel, have played in my recovery. Ella, particularly, has been my constant companion for ten years and she’s been with me to all my therapy sessions. In her own particular way, she has kept me going.”

James and Ella now volunteer with the Pets As Therapy charity, while Ella has become a therapy dog for the charity.


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Loving canine companions

James has previously posted pictures of his dogs in the mountainside commenting how they have helped him with his feelings of loneliness. He said:

“I’ve been in that angst of loneliness, where you’re really alone in the universe.

“Luckily for me I had my dogs.”


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