Posted 7 months ago ago
Back in 2012, Ashleigh Butler shot to fame alongside her adorable dog Pudsey as they took to the stage on Britain's Got Talent.
After a spectacular performance of dog tricks, the pair went on to be crowned champions of series six of the popular ITV reality show.
Pudsey, a border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested cross, captured the hearts of the nation with a dance routine to the Mission Impossible theme tune with owner Ashleigh.
They became the first-ever dog act to win the competition and bagged a cool £250,000 cash prize.
But their incredible showbiz career didn’t stop there.
The furry mutt went on to release his own book called Pudsey: My Autobidography and star in his own movie in 2014 with BGT judge David Walliams providing his voice.
Ashleigh and Pudsey also performed in theatres up and down the UK.
Sadly, after a battle with cancer Pudsey passed away three years later, after his family made the heart-wrenching decision to have him put to sleep in 2017.
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Writing on Instagram at the time, devastated Ashleigh shared the sad news with fans.
She said: "I can't honestly believe I am writing these words. My handsome man has gone, and I don't know what to do without him.
“My heart is broken, and I don't know how I'm going to get through this. It hurts so much that my handsome, incredible Pudsey Bear will never be by my side, where he belongs, again.
“We only had 11 years together, but they were the best years ever. He was my one in a billion dog that will never be replaced.
“I don't need to write all of his endless accomplishments on here to prove how incredible he was for me.
“Sleep tight my handsome man, I love you lots xxxx.”
Despite her heartbreak, dog trainer and dancer Ashleigh, 26, continued to entertain the nation when she returned to Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions stage with new pooch Sully in 2019.
The Pudsey lookalike is a cross-breed of a Chinese crested powderpuff, border collie, and a poodle and is a world dog agility champion.
Ashleigh and Sully wowed the judges and audience with their routine, which was performed to Mary Poppins' song A Spoonful of Sugar.
However, unfortunately despite their efforts, Ashleigh and Sully made it to a respectable third place but didn't make it through to the final.