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Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas

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  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 25 Dec 2016
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    6.45pm - 7.45pm
  • Week: 

    Week 52 2016 : Sat 24 Dec - Fri 30 Dec
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Paul O'Grady returns to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in a one-hour special of For the Love of Dogs at Christmas. Determined to bring some much-needed festive cheer to the canine residents, Paul will again bring his unique blend of heartfelt warmth and humour to the waifs and strays of Battersea as he tries to give the dogs the best Christmas present possible - a new home.
Top of Paul’s wish list to find a new home for is Henry, a dentally challenged shih tzu down on his luck due to his snaggle-toothed grin. So Paul sets to work trying to raise his profile and spots the perfect opportunity when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall drops in to open a new building. Can Paul manage to win the Duchess over to Henry’s unique charms and get him the best Christmas present of all - the Royal seal of approval?
Another dog in need of help is mystery stray Holly, a pug-cross who arrives with an unexpected Christmas present of her own when Paul spots she’s heavily pregnant. Paul immediately whisks her off to clinic where an ultrasound confirms the good news - there’s going to be puppies at Battersea this Christmas.
Paul also meets charming and affectionate Mickey, a pointer, rescued from the streets of Turkey, but suffering from very bowed legs. Paul nurses Mickey through a number of operations to try and straighten his legs - but will these hugely intricate operations work? And will Mickey get the one Christmas present he really wants - to walk out of Battersea with a new owner?
Other dogs that Paul falls for include larger-than-life Sonia, an OAP pug in need of a festive makeover, and the heart-breaking Butch, whose tearful homeless owner had no choice but to hand him in Battersea to protect him from living outdoors during the cold winter months.