Expert explains why Ant – not Lisa – should take custody of couple’s dog

Divorce can prove to be one of the toughest times in anybody’s life, but there’s no doubt that things can turn ugly very quickly when the custody of a beloved pet is involved.

In the case of former couple Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong, the pair are said to be sharing custody of their chocolate labrador Hurley until a permanent arrangement is agreed in court.

According to reports, Ant gave Hurley, now five, to Lisa as a gift in 2013, and she even refers to him as her “baby boy”.

Meanwhile, it was Hurley who was given special access to visit Ant during his recent stint in rehab centre The Priory, while the star’s family was not permitted to attend.

It is understood that both parties want custody of the pooch.

Leading Animal Communicator Joanne Hull tells Mirror Online that she advises couples to organise a custody arrangement for their pets as a top priority when going through a divorce.

“It is not only good for the couple, it is also extremely important that the animal gets a stable environment with the person that has developed the deepest bond,” she explains.

Joanne, who uses telepathy and her intuitive skills to communicate with animals, reveals that she believes Hurley has a stronger bond with TV presenter Ant, 42.

“In the case of Hurley, whilst he was allegedly purchased as a gift for Lisa, and undoubtedly she adores him and Hurley adores her and her family, it is a very different relationship bond that Hurley has with Ant,” she says.

“Whilst it is important we must not humanise animals, we should take into account that animals, especially dogs, have many of the emotions we do, from experiencing happiness, sadness, grief, anger and connections with those they love.

“In Hurley’s case, he shows love and support to Lisa, including picking up on her emotional needs and he enjoys a lot of fun, which is lovely.

“However, he seems to me to be tougher with Ant – they connect on a deeper, more strong level.”

Joanne adds: “It feels to me that they would be good for each other and Hurley would settle very quickly.”

Our expert’s opinion could come as a devastating blow to makeup artist Lisa, 42, who would no doubt only want the best for her adorable pet pooch.

Joanne tells Mirror Online that is important to be selfless when organising who will be the main care provider of any animal.

“We have to remember to put the dogs needs before our own, and who Hurley would ultimately be more bonded with,” she explains.

“In this case, whilst both Lisa and Ant would equally offer a safe loving home for Hurley, my general feeling is that Hurley would ultimately be more bonded with Ant.”

Joanne concludes: “Sometimes animals can help us through the darkest of moments, and Hurley is no exception for both Lisa and Ant.

“I therefore feel as a professional Animal Communicator, that Hurley would be a wonderful part of Ant’s life on a permanent basis.”

For more information on the UK’s leading Animal Communicator Joanne Hull, visit her website here.

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