Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

Monday, 1 October 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

“There are a few old dogs in here, myself included, looking for a home. But old dogs have their benefits…Tickle me under the chin and give us a dog treat and you’ll be surprised what I’ll do.”

Presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady absolutely loves dogs, so he’s spending seven weeks with the staff and canines at the world famous Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. He’ll be following dog’s ‘tails’ from their arrival at the home through to their adoption into a new family.

This week the Battersea staff have to deal with a tiny Chihuahua with a very big aggression problem as they try and help little Bobby overcome his behavioural issues. His owner Jessica reluctantly hands him over and feels responsible: “When I first got Bobby I completely pampered him and I did everything for him. He was like my baby. You can’t do that. He’s a dog. Now no one else can go near him. I feel sick because I love him so much but there’s nothing else I can do.” Bobby is not easy to retrain and continues to bite and growl. Dog handlers Laura and Woody both work tirelessly to train him, including taking him home. But the likelihood of finding a new home isn’t looking good.

Meanwhile little old Dexter the Yorkie proves that you don’t have to be young and beautiful for someone to fall in love and take you home. At 15 years old, he has cataracts, a heart murmur and a nasty cough. He was left after his owner had a baby and could no longer look after him but tests show that he’s got a few healthy years ahead of him as Paul explains: “Now we’ve just got to find a home for a scruffy old man with a dodgy ticker. And by the way I’m talking about Dexter, thanks.”

Paul also works his magic befriending an anxious Golden Retriever called Skye who comes to Battersea after escaping from a house fire. He uses different essential oils such as rose and neroli to try and relax her: “She’s not keen on that one…She’s probably into Chanel or something. You’ve tested all the perfumes would you like to look at handbags perhaps? Shoes?”

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