Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

PAUL_OGRADY2Paul O’Grady is making a teatime appointment with ITV.

O’Grady will host a new chatshow for the broadcaster, who has given a 25-show order for the new hour-long entertainment format.

The hour long studio based show will air every weekday early evening; mixing guests, music and feel good entertainment with Paul’s unique blend of humour, wit and surprise.

O’Grady said: “I can’t wait to get back in the studio, it seems ages since I was sat behind that desk at teatime. I’ve missed all the fun and craziness of the show – and who knows, I might even get out my old organ…”

Tuesday, 25 December 2012, 6:00PM – 7:00PM

It’s Christmas Day and Paul O’Grady is in the dog house. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to be precise. After becoming the smash hit of the autumn schedules, Paul O’Grady – For the Love of Dogs is back for a one-off Christmas special.

It’s the festive season at the Dogs & Cats’ Home and preparations are under way to make sure all the animals have a very special time. So who better to help out than dog lover and Battersea Ambassador Paul O’Grady. As well as answering phones on reception and giving away some curiously shaped gifts, Paul spends time with the animals who will be at Battersea over the Christmas period.

Amongst others, he’ll be meeting Colleen, a stressed out husky who has undergone a phantom pregnancy and treats her cuddly toys like her puppies, Willow, an ex racing greyhound whose prospects of a new home are in jeopardy as he is unable to go upstairs, NuNu, the St. Bernard who only understands Chinese and Cracker, the terrier whose shot at fame is hampered by his dodgy hip.

As well as following these doggie ‘tails’, Paul cooks up a special Christmas lunch for the pooches and gets the festive season off to a good start with carols around the Christmas tree. But with a litter of lurcher puppies being born at the Home, will Paul need his pockets checking before he leaves the premises?

Monday, 15 October 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

FINAL EPISODE:

“Do you know what, I’ve held out in here – I’ve seen abused dogs and all sorts and fell in love with dogs and I’ve held it together – I thought ‘I’m not crying on telly.’ But this has finished me off…”

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.

It’s Paul’s last week at Battersea, and he’s really quite upset about it. The Battersea staff are not prepared to let him go quietly and have a wonderful surprise waiting for him on his last day, leaving Paul in pieces.

But first he meets an elderly deaf dog called Rizzler and assists Helen, a behavioural expert at Battersea, in teaching Rizzler some sign language to enable them to communicate with him. Excitement builds as Rizzler makes a star appearance on the This Morning sofa, hoping to find a new home. Paul is feeling optimistic: “I just know someone is going to fall in love with an old deaf dog who looks like Rupert the bear”.

Paul also catches up with tiny dog Bourbon and her puppies, who we met in episode two. There is very sad news when two of the puppies don’t survive, but a very moving moment when two more of the pups are reunited with their mum after being hand-reared since their birth. Paul meets up with them all again and cupid strikes when he learns that one of the pups is still seeking a home. Is this his final chance to extend the O’Grady family? “Well I can’t just walk out empty handed, it wouldn’t look good would it?”

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

“I do love it here, because you can always make a difference.”

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 Paul helps a very stressed out Staffie called Comet with a bit of doggie massage. Comet has been at Battersea for six months and is in need of a new home as he begins to struggle with kennel life. Paul’s keen to help and it looks like good news when a family come in thinking Comet might be their lost dog. Paul has got everything crossed that Comet will get the happy ending he deserves: “Comet’s been stuck in kennels for six months and he’s so stressed out here, it would be amazing to reunite him with his family. Oh please let it be their dog.”

Meanwhile, the clinic staff have an emergency to deal with when a litter of puppies arrive in a sealed box, close to death. Paul explains: “This is really dangerous, dogs don’t sweat like humans do, and they cant keep themselves cool in closed spaces, that’s why you should never keep a dog in a hot car. And there were no air holes in the box either”. Still seriously overheated, can they be treated in time?

Also this week, Paul panics when a couple come to Battersea ready to adopt his favourite dog Carmine… Forced to resort to desperate measures to avoid being separated from his new best friend, Paul is not beyond a spot of dog-napping!

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?”

Monday, 24 September 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

“I’ll be honest now, today for the first time I’m very reluctant to go to Battersea. I’ve heard the clinic have the results of the tests they’ve done on disabled puppy Noodles and I’ve no idea what to expect.”

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.

The Battersea staff and dogs are going on an outing this week, across the Thames to visit the Chelsea Pensioners. Paul is charged with looking after one of Battersea’s most popular dogs, a stubborn old Staffie called Marcel, who thankfully behaves impeccably. Paul says: “He’s done me proud, Marcel, been such a good boy. He only jumped on the table once. And wouldn’t we all jump on the table for a plate of jammy dodgers?”

Marcel is well known at the home because he hates his kennel and spends a lot of time in staff offices. They’ve all grown to know and love him, so how will they all feel if he finally gets a permanent home and it’s time to say goodbye?

There are more tears when Paul meets a severely disabled stray puppy called Noodles. The clinic staff have tried everything to make her better, with vet nurse Cheryl caring for her 24 hours a day, but they’ve run out of options and have to make a very difficult decision.

But there’s a happy ending when Paul meets a big cuddly Alaskan Malamute called Honey. Head vet Sean decides Honey needs to lose a few kilos for health reasons, so a special eating plan and training regime ensues.

Monday, 17 September 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

“I wish I had my time over again you know. I wouldn’t be on telly. I’d be a vet. Honestly.”

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 Paul is asked to help dog behaviourist Brian with a dog who has developed an extreme fear of men. Benny is half Rottweiler, half Bull Mastiff, but it seems he may have been abused before he came to Battersea. Brian is trying to get him used to meeting new people and today it’s Paul, who struggles with the idea of a dog who doesn’t want to be his friend: “I’ve never had a dog react to me like this before. It’s almost like he wants to get friendly but he won’t allow himself. If you look at him he shies away.”

Paul also helps out in the clinic with two dogs who came to Battersea as inseparable best friends and are trying to find a new home together. Oliver, an elderly Labrador, and Heidi a bouncy Bichon-Frise. They were brought in together by their owner, who couldn’t afford them anymore. Paul scrubs up in his best clogs to assist in the clinic, as they both need to undergo routine procedures before finding a new home.

And the staff and dogs prepare for an important visitor, Battersea’s first celebrity ambassador – male model David Gandy. Paul’s asked to help out by looking after his beloved favourite dog Carmine and they both have to be on their best behaviour. But first there’s the small matter of giving Carmine a bath to spruce him up for the occasion. Carmine looks the business but sadly the same can’t be said for Paul: “I’m covered in hairs, look at me. I’m gonna meet a model and I look like I’ve just been dug up and hit with a shovel because of you…”

Monday, 10 September 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

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 there’s a rare and exciting event happening at Battersea. A tiny stray Chihuahua cross called Bourbon arrives at the home heavily pregnant. An X-ray shows four puppies, which is too many for such a small dog to give birth to, so head vet Shaun has to arrange an emergency C-section when Bourbon goes into labour at 2am.

It’s touch and go whether the tiny puppies will survive and Shaun explains: “The next concern for us is she doesn’t appear to have any milk, which given how emaciated she is, isn’t really a surprise. At this age they take quite a lot of feeding, every couple of hours, so there’s going to be lots of sleepless nights to come.”

Battersea’s second exciting event of the week is a trip to Crufts, where Paul is called upon to take part in the Staffie agility display. Paul meets Frank, a very well trained dog, it’s just a shame there’s not much time to train Paul: “As my mother used to say, if at first you don’t succeed, cheat, that’s always been my way…Come on Frank, we’re gonna win, me and you…Rescue dogs can do it just as well as posh dogs.“

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