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Paul O’Grady is back where he belongs, at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, meeting the latest residents to trot through the front door. From assisting vets during surgical procedures, to hand-rearing puppies and helping to train a naughty beagle, Paul is determined to get his hands dirty like never before.
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.
There is nowhere quite like Battersea, which is tear-jerking and uplifting in equal measure. And although Paul immerses himself in the positive work the charity do, he is also forced to confront the heart-breaking reality of stray dogs deserted on the streets and those left starving and mistreated.
In episode three, Paul meets four-month-old stray puppy Patrick, found wondering alone on a London street on St Patrick’s Day. Just two days after arriving at Battersea Patrick is rushed into the clinic with a horrific injury needing urgent surgery - a wooden kebab skewer sticking out of his tummy. The vets at Battersea have never seen anything like it before.
Vet Louisa explains: “The most likely cause is that he’s probably eaten the stick and it’s migrated through his stomach wall and his abdominal wall.”
After Patrick’s emergency surgery he requires lots of rest to aid his recovery, along with a strict talking to from his new best friend Paul about his diet of choice in the future.
Meanwhile, Tyler the Yorkshire Terrier is brought into Battersea by his owner, a nurse working long shifts who has struggled to give him the love and attention he needs. Tyler is confused by life in the kennels and Paul tries to help out by giving him a bath and a pampering blow-dry to cheer him up and help him find a new home.
Paul says: “It must be quite traumatic for him, eight years with somebody and then all of a sudden he’s in a kennel. He probably thinks, ‘What have I done?’ Poor old fella.”
Also this week we meet a little 12-week-old Shitzu puppy called Mimi, who arrives at Battersea because her family's other dog didn't get along with her. Paul is quick to introduce himself thanks to his soft spot for Shitzus, having been the proud owner of two himself, Buster and Louie.
Smitten Paul tells the Battersea staff: “If this was going out live you'd have a queue down the street”.