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Tributes from around the world for Malta’s diving dog

Tributes have poured in from around the world after 89.7 Bay announced the death of Malta’s famous cliff-diving dog.

Titti passed away after suffering from a serious heart problem, according to her devastated owner.

Carmelo Abela, 54, posted a tribute to his adorable loyal four-legged friend on social media on Saturday night.

He wrote: ‘It is with great sadness I have to inform our very loving and caring Facebook community that Titti passed away yesterday afternoon.

‘She had a beautiful life and loved bringing joy and happiness to thousands of people from across the world.

‘I would like to thank you all for your love shown via her Facebook page. May her memory live on for ever.’

Launching herself off a clifftop into the clear blue water at St Peter’s Pool near Delimara, the pet dog loved nothing better than performing synchronized dives with her owner.

The Jack Russell terrier had been trained to dive by Carmelo since she was a puppy.

Titti was around four months old when he taught her to jump from much smaller heights.

Carmelo said: ‘We started off on less high cliffs and ledges. First, I would jump in and soon Titti followed me.

‘Eventually, we went on to try higher and higher ledges. She had so much energy.’

After viral video footage of the duo emerged on 89.7 Bay six years ago, thousands of people started flocking to St Peter’s Pool to catch a glimpse of Titti.

Hundreds of tributes have been paid to the little dog from around the world after we broke the sad news of her death on Saturday.

One fan from the Netherlands posted: ‘So sad to hear the passing of Titti the famous Maltese diving dog. She touch the hearts of many across the world.’

Another from Australia wrote: ‘You bought us so much joy Titti, we lost our beloved Jack Russell recently so I well understand your pain.’

A woman from Florida said: ‘I’m so upset with this news! Carmelo my heart and soul is crying for you and your family. Titti was an amazing sweet girl. Talented and smart and loving.’

And a dog lover from London posted: ‘I am so very sorry for your loss. She was an amazing little dog. I will never forget her.’

Another from California added: ‘Thank you Titti for brightening our world. We were huge fans.’

Cover photo: Travels with Tricia