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English bred Maltese for Taylor

TOP MOVIE actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who has recently been in the news suffering from ill health, has replaced her pet dog and found companionship with a direct descendant from the same British canine family.

The 73-year-old actress lost her constant companion, ‘Sugar’, a Maltese, when he died in June. Heartbroken Dame Elizabeth asked her personal assistant Trish McCaldin to find a replacement from the same bloodline. Through the Kennel Club, she found Daisy, a 10-week-old puppy from the same family tree. The puppy was part of a litter of four, which belonged to Maltese breeder Carol Blackburn who lives in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

She heard the actress was searching for a blood relative of Sugar's and offered to sell her Daisy, the great-great- granddaughter of Sugar's sister, Wendy.

Since arriving at the actress's Hollywood mansion Daisy has rarely left her side and the pair were said to be "inseparable". Taylor's assistant said Daisy and her new owner were "bonding nicely" and she played down reports of the actress's failing health. She said: "Ever since she lost Sugar she has asked me to find a puppy from the same family and luckily Carol and I managed to track each other down. Liz lives a very quiet life and all she wanted was a loyal companion. She is feeling great."

Ms Blackburn said: "I got a phone call from Trish and she said that Dame Elizabeth absolutely adores Daisy and wears her like a brooch. I know that Daisy will make her happy. She couldn't have found a dog with a better nature. They are very special dogs and once you've had one you will always want one as a pet. I hope I've managed to fill a gap in her life."