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28 August 2012

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

There’s something you should know about me before we embark on this journey together. I am crazy about animals. I’ve got pigs, nine sheep, eight chickens and last but definitely not least, my dogs. Oh, how I love my dogs. I can’t imagine life without a dog – forget it!
Paul O’Grady
As the proud owner of three rescue dogs, Louis, Olga and Bullseye, PAUL O’GRADY truly knows the value of man’s best friend. An animal-lover through and through, he leaves his beloved pets at home to embark on the experience of a lifetime, to present the ups and downs of life at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, one of the UK’s best-loved charities for more than 150 years.

There is nowhere quite like Battersea - funny, emotional, tear jerking, uplifting and inspiring in equal measure. Paul meets the dogs who come into the home needing treatment, training and ultimately new homes. Every dog has its own story and each dog needs a new place they can call home. ‘Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs’ is a brand new seven-part series for ITV1. Mondays from 3rd September at 8pm.

From assisting vets during surgical procedures to scrubbing the floor, Paul is determined to get his hands dirty like never before. At the on site clinic, he meets a range of cases all needing veterinary attention, from routine dental work to emergency procedures, including pups born by caesarean section.

Battersea have been taking in any dog or cat, which comes to their gate, for 150 years. The training team must deal with any behavioral problems that come their way, in order to give each animal the best chance of being rehomed. Paul meets head trainer, Ali Taylor, who helps train some of the dogs to perform at Crufts, reminding the public that rescue dogs make just a good a pet as those specially bred. He learns that he will perform at Crufts this year with Frank, a staffie who was found wandering the streets of Kingston, Surrey at just six months old.

Paul also gets involved in rehoming the animals. Last year, Battersea rehomed over 5000 dogs and cats. The team are experts at matching pets to owners and will pull out all the stops for even the most difficult of cases.

Despite injecting his unique humour into every task he tackles, not every ending can be a happy one. Although he immerses himself into the positive work the charity do, Paul is also forced to confront the heart-breaking reality of stray dogs deserted on the streets of London and those left starving and mistreated.

With his own already oversized family at home, Paul is determined not to adopt any more dogs himself and instructs the security team at Battersea to frisk him at the end of each day, for any hidden puppies. But then he comes nose-to-nose with a boxer named Carmine and it’s love at first sight. Can he make it through the series without extending his own clan?

‘Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs’ is brand new and exclusive to ITV1. Mondays from 3rd September at 8pm.

First Episode details below...

EPISODE ONE – Monday 3rd September

Today is my first day with the team at Battersea and I just have to remember one thing. There’s no room at the O’Grady household for any more animals…Don’t let me have anything – no matter how much I plead and beg.
It’s Paul’s first week at Battersea. As well as dealing with the temptation to adopt every dog he meets, Paul helps with the arrival of an adorable litter of puppies.

He’s then devastated to meet Sparkle, a mistreated Staffie who was found in a London park, dangerously underweight. Paul says “We’re supposed to be a nation of animal lovers, and you look at this. Makes me mad, actually… It’s just too much, I’m going to have to go, I can’t watch her, it’s too sad.” The clinic staff worry whether she’ll survive, but thanks to their specialist care she soon starts to put on weight, and just a few weeks later Paul is able to hand her over to a new family.

Paul also helps the Battersea rehoming staff interview a potential new family for Bonzo – a Jack Russell pup. The family in question is Dr Neil Fox and his kids, but unsurprisingly Paul’s taken a shine to Bonzo himself, so Neil’s interview doesn’t go quite as planned.

In this episode Paul also meets the new love of his life – a big, white Boxer called Carmine, brought in because he was too big and boisterous for his old owners. Paul explains: “When I first came in here I said to myself you’re not going to get fond of any dogs O’Grady. But there’s one, there’s one who’s touched my heart…he slobbers, he drools, he moults, he looks like the back end of a bus. Just my type…I know I shouldn’t have favourites, but it’s no good, I’m in love.”


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