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Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

  • Episode:

    1 of 8

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 23 Oct 2019

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    8.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 43 2019 : Sat 19 Oct - Fri 25 Oct

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 09 Oct 2019

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Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Episode 1

“I’m back! With a whole load of new canine friends who despite tough beginnings, go on to do incredible things.”  Paul O’Grady

Animal lover extraordinaire Paul O’Grady is back for a brand new series at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, ready to meet a whole new round of canine friends. Series 8 of the National TV Award winning programme will be filled with laughter and tears in equal measure, as Paul is faced with more abandoned and stray dogs, meets a few canine heroes and falls in love with some precious puppies along the way. 

Paul joins the team at Battersea as they help more dogs with incredible stories, from a terrier saved from drowning in the River Thames, to a dog found riddled with pellets from a gun. Paul and the team are on hand to give them some much needed rest and rehabilitation in the hope of finding them a loving new home to call their own.

In episode one, Paul’s babysitting duties are required, for some adorable Staffie pups born at Battersea eight weeks previously. Their mum was brought in after being found roaming the streets, heavily pregnant. Sadly she rejected the pups so Charlotte, Onion, Delilah, Gary, Waffle, Mary and Hippo have all been hand-reared by the staff at Battersea. Paul is confident the angelic pups will be no trouble at all, until he meets them… 

Paul says: “Arghh! No fighting gang, listen, do you know, I’ve been in pub fights like this. I don’t think I’ve ever come across such naughty pups! They’re feisty, aren’t they?…She’s like Killing Eve, this one.”

Between eight and eleven weeks is a crucial stage in a puppies’ development, so they need to learn fast but having been hand-reared, mum is sadly not present to set the limits. Thankfully handler Becky is on hand to help Paul calm the raucous bunch down with some much-needed training. 

Paul also meets a more senior resident at Battersea, a mongrel who has just been brought into Lost and Found after being seen wandering the streets of North London in a bad condition. Thankfully the dog is chipped and staff are able to find his details. Sunny is 13-years-old and was reported stolen as a puppy and has seemingly been missing ever since. The team try to contact the registered owners in the hope of finding him a happy ending… 

Over at the Brands Hatch site, little 9-year-old Jack Russell-Cross, Archie, has been looking for a home for over a year after his previous owner’s circumstances changed and they were unable to keep him. Archie is quite anxious, possibly due to his small size and sadly his yapping and jumping isn’t helping him to find a home. He is happiest on high surfaces, so Paul puts some rusty woodwork skills to good use by making him a ladder and platform to sit on. 

Also this week, Paul meets children trying to overcome their fear of dogs, with the help of some very well behaved pooches.

Produced by MultiStory Media for ITV.