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.