Former Hollyoaks star Gemma Atkinson has received the "worst news" about her pet dog Norman: he has hurt his cruciate ligament.
By, 20 Feb 2019
Atkinson – also known for Hollyoaks: After Hours (2004), Hollyoaks: Let Loose (2005), Hollyoaks: In the City (2006), and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! – reported the news via her Instagram profile:
“Im [sic] just sad that I can’t pick him up for snuggles or carry him upstairs to sleep with me in the evening,” she wrote on Monday night.
Snuggles for a sproodle
Norman, a black Springerdoodle, lives with his brother Ollie at the home Atkinson shares with dancer Gorka Marquez. The human couple are expecting their first human child, as Norman himself announced in an Instagram post on Atkinson’s account three weeks ago.
But while dog, celebrity, and dancer alike are over-the-moon about Atkinson’s pregnancy, the unborn child has already come between her and her hound.
"He let out a massive yelp and lifted his leg up… 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,” she said via the Instagram video in which she shared the awful news.
Thankfully, Atkinson’s mother lives with a man named Peter nearby. They were on hand to lift Norman to safety, and to provide emergency snuggles in the field.
Home snuggles will be on ration for the foreseeable future. But Atkinson has vowed to keep Norman close company through his recovery – by sleeping downstairs while her lover is away.
"Genuinely bringing my mattress down stairs when Gorks is on tour so the stairs won’t be an issue,” she writes. “Bless my little man Norman.”
Norman was playing with a husky when the injury occurred. But he will require the services of a professional veterinary surgeon if he is to return to the park for a full run out any time soon.
“I’ve just had him in the vets for an x-ray, so he’s a bit groggy from his anaesthetic and they’ve confirmed it is another cruciate ligament,” continues Atkinson. “So it’s [going to require] another operation.
“Oh Norman. I love you so much, buddy.”