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The Block: Tess and Luke Struber reveal their dog Tilly died ‘suddenly’


The Block’s Tess and Luke Struber opened up about a devastating family tragedy.

The Cairns couple, who won the 2019 season of the Channel Nine rehab show, announced last month that their beloved dog Tilly had passed away.

In a joint Instagram post shared on Tuesday, Tess and Luke talked about their grief following the passing of Tilly, who has been a member of their family for more than 10 years.

The Block's Tess and Luke Struber opened up about a devastating family tragedy

The Block's Tess and Luke Struber opened up about a devastating family tragedy

The Block’s Tess and Luke Struber opened up about a devastating family tragedy

‘I’m not sure if the weight I carry in my heart is sadness when she’s gone or if it’s the weight of her going with me wherever I go,’ the couple began.

‘I always write things to release my emotions, but this time I put it off because it means she’s really gone.’

‘We haven’t lost a dog or our pet. We lost Tilly. The soul, the glue, the beating heart of our family,’ they added.

The Cairns couple, 2019 season winners, talk about their grief following the death of their dog Tilly (pictured), who has been with the family for more than 10 years

The Cairns couple, 2019 season winners, talk about their grief following the death of their dog Tilly (pictured), who has been with the family for more than 10 years

The Cairns couple, 2019 season winners, talk about their grief following the death of their dog Tilly (pictured), who has been with the family for more than 10 years

‘The girl who made us a family. The girl really didn’t care about us but was dragged home by two kids in their twenties who fell in love with her at first sight.

‘She grew up with us. She watched us grow and become the parents we are today. We renovate with her at our feet.’

The couple continued to reminisce about the memories they shared with Tilly.

'We haven't lost a dog or our pet.  We lost Tilly.  Our family's soul, glue, beating heart,' they wrote on Instagram on Tuesday.  (Pictured: Strubers with daughter Cleo)

'We haven't lost a dog or our pet.  We lost Tilly.  Our family's soul, glue, beating heart,' they wrote on Instagram on Tuesday.  (Pictured: Strubers with daughter Cleo)

‘We haven’t lost a dog or our pet. We lost Tilly. Our family’s soul, glue, beating heart,’ they wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. (Pictured: Strubers with daughter Cleo)

‘Luke and I don’t really exist without her. Always the three of us: You, me, and Tilly make the three of us. She made us grow up. She taught us responsibility, unconditional love, patience, determination, forgiveness and empathy,’ they said.

‘We remember her long hair falling out of her ears, her nicotine-tinted beard, her big wet nose, her soft white coat and her 48kg body resting on top of you’.

“A very sudden and unexpected decision had to be made,” the couple added.

‘She passed away in her mother’s lap, with her father holding her hand telling her: “We’ll see you soon, old lady. We love you. Thank you for everything.”‘

'She grew up with us.  She watched us grow and become the parents we are today.  We renovated with her at our feet,' they added.  (Pictured: Tess and Luke in a promotional photo for The Block)

'She grew up with us.  She watched us grow and become the parents we are today.  We renovated with her at our feet,' they added.  (Pictured: Tess and Luke in a promotional photo for The Block)

‘She grew up with us. She watched us grow and become the parents we are today. We renovated with her at our feet,’ they added. (Pictured: Tess and Luke in a promotional photo for The Block)

Tess and Luke (pictured with their daughter) announce Tilly's death on November 20

Tess and Luke (pictured with their daughter) announce Tilly's death on November 20

Tess and Luke (pictured with their daughter) announce Tilly’s death on November 20

‘How lucky we are to feel a love like this? It’s worth it. Every tear and every inch of pain and heartbreak is worth experiencing a love like hers. For that, we thank you, Tilly.’

Tess and Luke announced Tilly’s death on November 20.

In a brief statement, the ‘devastated’ couple said they were trying to find words to express their grief.

Tess and Luke win the Channel Nine renewal in 2019

Tess and Luke win the Channel Nine renewal in 2019

Tess and Luke win the Channel Nine renewal in 2019

They made $730,000 at auction after converting their flat at The Oslo hotel in Melbourne's St Kilda

They made $730,000 at auction after converting their flat at The Oslo hotel in Melbourne's St Kilda

They made $730,000 at auction after converting their flat at The Oslo hotel in Melbourne’s St Kilda

“There is a part of our heart that has been damaged beyond repair,” they said at the time. ‘There was so much to say but we couldn’t find the words. We are devastated.

‘Our house no longer feels like home. We need you more then you need us. We love you, Tilly. Rest in peace, beautiful, beautiful, hairy hound.’

Tess and Luke won The Block in 2019, earning $730,000 at auction after converting their flat at The Oslo hotel in Melbourne’s St Kilda.

They welcomed daughter Cleo last April.

They welcomed daughter Cleo last April

They welcomed daughter Cleo last April

They welcomed daughter Cleo last April

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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