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Cherished trampolining dog from John Lewis Christmas advert passes away aged 12

A beloved boxer dog, who starred in a 2016 TV Christmas advert for John Lewis has sadly passed away aged 12 after suffering a series of seizures.

Biff, who found fame as 'Buster' six years ago died in the early hours of Monday morning (November 21) with his owners saying "fly high our beautiful boy".

The pooch won the hearts of the nation when viewers saw him bouncing on a little girl's trampoline present on Christmas morning on the famous ad.

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Wild animals were then seen looking on in envy as Biff rejoiced in his time with the new toy.

Heartbroken owner Jan Patten took to social media on Monday to pay tribute to her faithful hound, writing: "Fly high our beautiful, special boy, we shall miss you forever."

Describing how everyone that met him loved him, Jan, from Daventry, Northamptonshire, spoke about the special relationship she had with her pet.

She said: "Biffy and I had a really special bond, and no matter what I asked of him, whether it would be new tricks, displays, meet and greets, or photos with children, adults, and animals, he would happily oblige, with the patience of a saint.

"At home, he was pure joy, making us smile every day. I don't know if you are aware but boxers are known as the clowns of the canines, and even though Biff would be professional at the right time, he never ever lost the ability to make us laugh. We shall miss him so much."

She added: "People are saying that he had a wonderful life with us, but our view on it is that we had a wonderful life with him."

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John Lewis were quick to offer their condolences to Biff, meanwhile, writing on Twitter: "We're sad it was your time to fly away Biff – but we'll never forget your bounce!"

Several shoppers paid their respects too, with one responding: "The best advert you ever made nothing will ever beat it, please run the advert again as tribute to this beautiful boy."

A secondcommented: "Oh Biff you were the reason I went from zero dogs to 2… We spent a fortune on Buster the Boxer merch, before finally taking the plunge & adopting this pair. Rest easy Biff, love from me, and M&M xxx PS this was 100% the best @JohnLewisRetail Xmas ad ever."

A third said: "Aww…And this was one of your most gorgeous, @JohnLewisRetail – was watching it only on Sunday in @channel5_tv's Britain's Favourite Christmas Ads. Fly away, Biff – over the bridge to wait for your loved ones."

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