HEREFORDSHIRE gardener and TV presenter Monty Don has posted a delightful new picture of his dog, Nellie, on social media.

The pictureshows the golden retriever, balancing a heart-shaped biscuit on her nose.

"Nell can balance a biscuit beautifully – now she has to learn to catch it!" joked Monty.

Last year Monty revealed how his beloved pet cheated death by millimetres.

Nellie, who appears with him on his BBC TV programme Gardeners' Word, was chasing a stick when she impaled herself on it and speared her throat.

Monty said the stick missed her arteries by millimetres.

"Thanks to our brilliant vet, working at night, she is fine – if very sorry for herself."


And he urged in a social message message at the time: "So please, don't throw sticks for dogs."

Monty, who presents Gardeners' World from his home at Longmeadow, near Leominster, also revealed last year how he has lost his other dog Nigel.

Nigel, also a golden retriever, had died after being taken ill and is now buried with “lots of tennis balls” at Longmeadow.

Monty had told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that Nigel had been more than a companion and had helped him with his depression.