'Top Gear Dog' has passed away

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The labradoodle introduced as the official Top Gear dog at the start of the show's eighth series has died.

The news of her death was announced on a Twitter page set up in her honour. It said: "Wonderful, incredible, irreplaceable TG. 2006-2017 Loved to distraction. Thank you for the memories beautiful girl. My heart will never heal."

Creatively christened 'Top Gear Dog' by the show's presenters, Jeremy Clarkson joked during her introduction that they were going to call her 'Prius' because she was a 'hybrid' of species.

She only made a handful of appearances on the show because of a dislike for both cars and being in front of the camera. Richard Hammond said: "She's completely terrified of cars, they make her quite ill, which is unfortunate."

During an episode about caravanning, the labradoodle was sick in the back of a car, forcing Hammond to clear up after her.

Following her brief stint on the motoring show, Top Gear Dog was adopted by Hammond and joined his four other dogs at his country home.

In 2012, he uploaded a photo kneeling beside Top Gear Dog, writing: "LOADS asking about TG dog. She lives with us, is v happy."

In a tweet in 2015, the presenter shared a photo of his canine companions, saying: "Wondering, has there even been a pack of dogs less well matched than mine? Not ready for dog sledding."