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Paul O’ Grady shares his love of dogs with the Chelsea Pensioners
The army veterans at the Royal Hospital Chelsea regularly enjoy visits from Battersea dogs and their handlers, but they got more than they bargained for when comedian and TV presenter Paul O’ Grady came along with a cheeky canine friend from the world famous animal rescue.
- 21 September 2012
Paul O' Grady accompanied elderly Staffordshire Bull Terrier Marcel for one of Battersea's monthly visits to the Chelsea Pensioners and in the next episode of ITV1 series Paul O Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, viewers will see the pair causing quite a stir amongst the residents.
The Battersea dogs provide comfort and companionship for the scarlet coated veterans and their visits are eagerly anticipated by all. Specially selected dogs visit frailer residents in the Infirmary, whilst the more able-bodied are encouraged to take a stroll with a four-legged friend in the beautiful grounds of the Royal Hospital. The partnership was forged between Battersea and the Chelsea Pensioners in February 2011 and brought together two iconic London institutions that are held dear in the hearts of the nation.
Theresa Aveche, the Activities Coordinator at the Royal Hospital Chelsea says:“The minute that the pensioners see the dogs there is such a big smile on their face. It’s fantastic for all of them but particularly those with dementia.”
Millions of people have been enjoying watching Paul O’ Grady’s canine adventures at Battersea, and the visit to the Chelsea Pensioners gave Paul yet another opportunity to bond with the dogs at the London rescue. This time he fell in love with seven to ten year old Marcel, who arrived at the Home as a stray and despite his older years, is still a sprightly old gent with plenty of character.