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Eamonn Holmes has recalled the day his “face sank” after some bad news. The This Morning host was with his wife Ruth Langsford and their son was they were dealt a blow.
We walked around but there was nothing for us, nothing that clicked, there was no magic
However, the 60-year-old stated it was “meant to be” and the trio’s fortunes soon changed.
Speaking to Petrie Hosken, the broadcaster detailed the day the famous family adopted a dog.
He said he fell in love “instantly” with pet pooch Maggie, however she was not available when they went to adopt her.
Eamonn said there was “no magic” with any of the other animals available and they nearly left empty-handed.
“Here’s my Love Story. Maggie and Me,” he tweeted his one million Twitter followers yesterday.
His words accompanied a post which read: “Broadcaster Eamonn Holmes tells @timesradio the heartwarming story of meeting his rescue dog Maggie for the first time.”
The presenter was heard explaining how he “fell in love with her [Maggie] instantly, and decided to rehome her,” before he and Ruth, also 60, became Dogs Trust patrons.
Eamonn replied: “I honestly think if I had the affection and the attention my dog gives me from any human, I would die happy.
“It is the affection you get from an animal, unconditionally, that makes you fall in love with it.”
The father-of-four commented: “I don’t believe when you go to adopt, you choose, the dog chooses you and then the magic happens.”
Eamonn was initially persuaded to get involved with the charity by colleagues at Sky News, but was at first uncovinced as he didn’t consider himself a dog person.
Discussing his first visit, he remembered: “I was sort of taken aback, I was put under the spell… Nobody loved them.”
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But he said he realised it was not all “tales of abandonment” and some of the owners had died.
On showing pictures of one little dog called Magdalen to spouse Ruth, they agreed to visit following their Easter holiday.
Although disaster struck when they arrived at the kennels, and they were told the dog in question had been adopted.
“My face sank,” Eamonn admitted to Times Radio. “We walked around but that particular day there was nothing for us, nothing that clicked, there was no magic.”
Thankfully, as they were leaving, a volunteer walked in with Maggie and she instantly “jumped up” on son Jack, now 18.
He stated: “He fell to his knees, and they cuddled and hugged. I said that looks very like that dog you said was adopted.”
The family were informed the new owner had brought her back that very morning, after their circumstances had changed.
Eamonn added: “It was meant to be, Petrie. The dog chose Jack… we weren’t going home without that dog, really.”
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