‘We’ll miss you mate’: Shorten mourns bulldog
FEDERAL Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is mourning the loss of his loyal dog, Theodore, who has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The six-and-a-half-year-old purebred British bulldog was put down on Saturday about 15 months after he was first diagnosed with lymphoma.
Named after United States president Theodore Roosevelt, he had made regular appearances on TV and in magazines with the Shorten family and his younger cousin, Matilda, since the member for Maribyrnong became federal Opposition Leader in late 2013.
"His heart never gave up," Mr Shorten told the Herald Sun.
Thanks Theodore for looking after the family and filing our lives with friendship and fun.— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) January 28, 2019
Will miss you, mate. pic.twitter.com/ak6YmwlYSH
"He was a such a good dog and he had responded well initially to chemotherapy but things went down his in the past few months. We're all very sad."
Mr Shorten announced the Geelong-bred bulldog's passing on social media on Monday: "Thanks Theodore for looking after the family and filling our lives with friendship and fun," he tweeted. "Will miss you, mate."
His wife, Chloe, also posted a picture with Theodore as a puppy on Instagram: "Nothing could have prepared me for the sadness at the loss of my first dog. We were lucky to have the love of might little Theodore for six years," she said.
Mr Shorten's daughter, Georgette, said in an interview in 2016 that it was it was her dad's idea to get the dogs.
"So we made the deal that he had to look after them. He picks up the dog poo," she said.