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Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs At Christmas

  • Episode: 

    1 of 1

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 25 Dec 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    7.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs At Christmas
 
Paul O'Grady returns to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in a one-hour special of 'For The Love of Dogs at Christmas'.  Paul once again brings 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 Christmas list to help is Bauble, a heavily pregnant stray, found wet and bedraggled on Hampstead Heath.  This mysterious tiny terrier arrived at Battersea scared and confused, in desperate need of some love and attention, which Paul is only too happy to offer!  But with the vets having no idea what breed of dog the father is, Bauble’s labour may not be straightforward!
 
Another lost soul Paul meets is Wilma, who was found abandoned in a park and desperate for company.  Paul is determined to cheer up lonely Wilma and hatches a plan to take her out for an extra special adventure.  So he arranges a surprise visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital where she can meet some dog loving patients for some festive fun!  The children immediately fall in love with Wilma but will the visit provide the boost she needs to help her find a new home?
 
Two other dogs hoping for a Christmas miracle are Bessie and Red, two charming Bassett Hounds which is a very rare breed to appear on Battersea’s doorstep.  These two nosy funsters are devoted to each other but when clinic unexpectedly discover Bessie has a heart problem, all their plans for Christmas get thrown up in the air.  Can Bessie’s heart problems be cured by Christmas, or will Red have to kiss his best friend goodbye and be rehomed separately?  
 
Another dog keeping Paul on his toes is Chops the Chow Chow, another unusual breed at Battersea whose name translates to ‘puffy lion-dog’.  Chops certainly lives up to his name, as he is the most extraordinary looking dog Paul has ever seen!  But his good looks are combined with a notoriously Grinch-like personality, and Paul really struggles to get him into the festive spirit.  And unless Chops starts to show any interest in the people around him, no-one is going to want to rehome this most ‘Bah Humbug’ of dogs.
 
Other dogs Paul falls for this Christmas include Forty the sweet Staffie, who is danger of losing an eye, and Thunder the enormous German Shepherd cross, who proves to be a real handful to control.  Especially when he accidentally swallows a tennis ball which sees him rushed in for emergency surgery!