Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Our award-winning primetime ITV show ‘Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs’, following Paul as he meets some of the dogs in our care.
Filmed across our three centres in London, Old Windsor, and Brands Hatch, animal lover extraordinaire and Battersea Ambassador Paul O’Grady is back for a brand new eight-part series of ‘For the Love of Dogs’. Over the course of the series, Paul will be meeting some of the many Battersea dogs looking for help, love and new homes.
Series 7 of the BAFTA-nominated programme will be filled with laughter and tears as Paul helps #POGDOGS big and small along their journey to finding their new families. And of course, Paul will be meeting with our very own Vet Shaun and Canine Behaviour Trainer Ali along the way.
Episode 1 - Wednesday, 31 October, 8pm
This week, Paul meets a Dachshund mum and her litter of pups, suspected of escaping from a puppy farm. One pup, Fairway, is significantly smaller than the others, and is quick to steal Paul's heart! Despite the Cane Corso breed's tough reputation, Paul meets four-year-old Sophie, a big softie who was sadly found abandoned and tied to a dual carriageway. Also this week, Paul takes Felicity, an elderly fourteen-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, on a trip to Battersea's Knitting Kittens Club.
Episode 2 - Wednesday, 7 November, 8pm
This week, Paul meets a badly injured Saluki named Chester who was found abandoned at the side of the road, and together they visit a retirement home to try and help Chester build his confidence. Paul takes Summer, a flea-riddled Yorkshire terrier, for her first bath with a much needed medicated shampoo. Also this week, Paul joins a dentally challenged Shih Tzu on a mission to find a toy soft enough for his toothless mouth.
Episode 3 - Wednesday, 14 November, 8pm
In episode three, Paul is introduced to Pug-terrier cross Florence, who is a victim of a hit and run and facing amputation of her badly injured legs. Florence also catches the eye of another famous Battersea supporter, Jennifer Saunders. Next to meet Paul is a young English Bulldog Spike, who’s full of energy and needs entertaining, and Spaniel puppy George, who won’t stop crying.
Episode 4 - Wednesday, 21 November, 8pm
This week, Paul meets a six-month-old abandoned puppy named Buddy in Battersea’s lost and found area. His registered owners are identified by a microchip but will they respond to Paul's voicemail message? Meanwhile, at Old Windsor, Paul meets Bedlington terrier pup Humphrey, who is in desperate need of a treatment bath due to an infection on his skin. Paul also joins Battersea’s head vet Shaun for an evening on the streets of London, alongside charity StreetVet, which helps provide access to care for dogs belonging to the homeless in the UK.
Episode 5 - Wednesday, 28 November, 8pm
This week, Paul meets Charlie the mail order poodle bred to be the size of a teacup, she was bought online but ended up at Battersea due to her brittle bones. Paul also helps Cookie the Staffie to discover her talent as a sniffer dog. She has been returned to Battersea twice due to hyperactivity but could she be the country's first ever Staffie prison dog? Finally, Paul meets Maggie, a Dogue de Bordeaux who is only two-years-old but was found tied up in a park having recently given birth.
Episode 6 - Wednesday, 5 December, 8pm
This week, Paul helps to train a pomeranian puppy called Stormy who came to Battersea at only nine-weeks-old, a crucial stage in any dog's development. Paul also meets a french bulldog called Spudnik who refuses to go under anaesthetic despite his desperate need for surgery to open his airways. Can Paul and the team get him comfortable when being handled so he can have his operation and find his forever home?
Episode 7 - Wednesday, 12 December, 8pm
This week Paul's got his work cut out when a family of nine whippets arrive on site, including three-week-old puppies. Paul also meets a ten-week-old gender neutral collie who was sadly rejected by their mother. And finally, can Paul help a mongrel called Hope who's been at Battersea for over 300 days and is struggling to catch the eye of a new owner?
Episode 8 - Wednesday 19 December, 8pm
In the final episode of this series, Paul meets four-year-old Staffie Zack, who was left tied to some railings, meaning that our staff didn’t have any information about his history. Unsurprisingly, he’s showing signs of separation anxiety and stress. Paul also meets Maisie, a Mastiff-cross who’s reluctant to do her physio exercises after an operation on her elbow. So Paul and the team decide to try a slightly different approach…