Sad Christmas for Tottenham boss who lost his 12-year-old Yorkie

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Jose Mourinho, Spurs boss, revealed on live TV that his Christmas was less enjoyable than most, having lost a family member on that very day.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 27/12/2019, 14:00

We all know how hard it is to lose a pet. And even the rich and famous suffer from this terrible grief too.

Like losing family

In a pre-match interview on Boxing Day, Mourinho was asked if he’d had an enjoyable Christmas so far. And he replied very frankly:

“It was very sad because my dog died and my dog is family. But we have to move on.”

Holding back tears, Mourinho was clearly shook from the experience. Luckily, broadcaster Jim Rosenthal handled the moment with respect and kindness, simply replying: “Oh my goodness me, commiserations for that,” before changing the subject back to the game.

The dog in question was little Leya, a Yorkshire Terrier of around 12 years of age. She had been with her family from puppyhood, and has been spoiled all throughout her life. Though she left too soon, we know she enjoyed every single moment of her precious doggy life!

Pet bereavement

Jose Mourinho is not the only one to feel so strongly about his pet. In a recent Wamiz survey, it was found that 89% of respondents thought losing a pet was as hard as losing a human loved one.

We hope Mourinho will be able to get the help that he needs to get through this difficult time. And perhaps someday he will be able to get another dog to start a new adventure with!