Gary Lineker posts heartfelt Twitter message after his Labrador dies
Spurs legend Gary Lineker pays tribute to his Labrador Retriever Snoop
Gary Lineker has taken to Twitter to post a heartfelt message after the Tottenham Hotspur legend’s Labrador died on Tuesday night.
The Spurs icon has a reputation for posting upbeat messages on the social media platform about the Premier League and the Champions League.
However, Lineker showed an emotional side on Wednesday morning when he broke the news of his Labrador’s death to the dismay of his followers.
Snoop clearly played a big part in Lineker’s life judging by his lengthy message on Twitter about his beautiful Labrador Retriever dog.
Clearly upset about Snoop’s death, the Match Of The Day host explained just how dearly the Labrador Retriever will be missed in his day-to-day life.
Lineker wrote on Twitter: “Profoundly saddened to tell you that my beloved dog, Snoop, passed away last night.
“He was my friend, my companion, my boy. Whether I left the house for 2 weeks, 2 days or 2 minutes he would greet me with equal measure of enthusiasm and love. I’ll miss him greatly. RIP Snoop💔”
Unsurprisingly, Lineker’s post prompted a huge response from his followers on Twitter with over 2,500 replies, 1,600 retweets and a staggering 85,000 likes on the social media platform.
Some celebrities sent messages of support to Lineker in what must be a difficult and emotional time for the former England and Tottenham striker.
British comedian Ricky Gervais, who is a big animal advocate on Twitter, was quick to sympathise with the BT Sport host after Snoop’s passing away.
Gervais wrote: “Beautiful. So sorry, Gary.”
Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen sent a message of support to Lineker in response to the retired football professional’s sad news.
Pietersen posted: “Sorry mate!”
His fellow TV presenter Eamonn Holmes sent his condolences to Lineker on Instagram: “Sorry to hear that Gary. Sad times.”
Although it’s unclear what age Snoop was at the time of his passing, Labradors have an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
According to the American Kennel Club, Labradors are the most popular dogs in the USA. This is hardly a surprise given their popularity with families across the world.
Labradors are a member of the Sporting Group, which is a nod to their heritage as retrievers. They can grow to a height of 21.5 inches to 24.5 inches, while they can weigh between 55 and 80 pounds.
Lineker isn’t the only member of the sporting world with a Labrador Retriever. In fact, a couple of current Tottenham stars have Labrador Retrievers in common with the Spurs legend.
Current Spurs captain Harry Kane has two Labrador Retrievers called Brady and Wilson. His dogs are named after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Kane’s England and Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier is also the proud owner of two Labrador Retriever, who like to take occasional walks around north London.
In the red half of north London, Mesut Ozil has a pug called Rocky Balboa, who is a regular feature on the German’s Instagram page.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is the owner of a rare breed called a Chow Chow. His team-mate Alexis Sanchez, who is currently on loan at Inter Milan, has two Golden Retrievers named Atom and Humber.