Holly Willoughby gets a new pet and says its changed everything

Holly Willoughby has welcomed a new member into her family – saying her daughter Belle persuaded her to get a dog.

Writing on her lifestyle brand website, the TV host said her family had welcomed a new golden retriever named Bailey.

"Bailey came into our life this month and has changed everything," Holly explained on the November edition of Wylde Moon.

The regular host of This Morning has been off the show this week due to illness and has temporarily been replaced by Josie Gibson.

The star explained on her wide-ranging lifestyle site how her daughter had a massive influence in the new pup being added to the family.

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Holly wrote: "My daughter has been campaigning for us to get a dog since she was able to talk, and we have been waiting for the right time for a dog to fit into our family life."

The post was accompanied by a series of pictures of the young dog.

She added: "Now, is that time. This little ball of scrumptious energy bounded into our world and immediately made us question why on earth we have waited so long."

The ITV presenter added: "She’s been brilliant for getting us all out of the house, going on long walks and playing in the garden.

"During lockdown, the kids gravitated to being on screens more than normal, but Bailey has come in and pushed a giant paw-shaped, reset button for all us…and of course we are completely in love.”

The star also gave an update into her recent illness and the amazing impact the new arrival has had on the Willoughby household.

The Celebrity Juice star explained: "Last week I was struck down with a tummy bug and for 48 hours I was really not in a very good way. I couldn’t take the kids to school, I couldn’t go to work and I couldn’t take the dog for a walk, but that didn’t stop Bailey lovingly sitting at my feet all day long."

Holly added: "I didn’t have the heart to tell her that the slight smell of dog food was doing nothing for my swirling nausea, but nonetheless, just having her there made me feel so much better."

Fans of This Morning and Holly will be hoping Bailey speeds up her recovery so she's back on screen soon, maybe even with her new four-legged friend.

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