Battersea’s quirky canine Ethel stars on Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs- but she’s not the Home’s only eccentric dog

20 OCTOBER 2016

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home dog Ethel stars in ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, where the TV personality falls in love with her unusual habit of clambering to the highest point of the room.
Paul will help the four-year-old Cavachon find the perfect vantage point by installing her favourite chair in her kennels so she can watch the world go by.  
But while Ethel’s love of heights captured Paul’s heart, she’s not the only Battersea dog whose quirks are one-of-a-kind. 

Battersea Rehoming and Welfare Manager, Becky Fisher, said: “All our Battersea dogs have their own unique personalities, but sometimes we get some especially unconventional canine characters that really stand out. At the moment we’ve got some one-of-a-kind dogs at Battersea and we’re hoping someone out there will embrace their individuality and give these a-paw-able pooches? the home they deserve.”

Meet Battersea’s quirkiest canines

Coco: the giant lap dog 
Weighing over 27 kilos, Coco could hardly be described as one of Battersea’s smaller dogs. However, this gentle giant is convinced he’s a lapdog. Coco was brought in because his owners’ circumstances changed and they were no longer able to look after him. This lovely old gentleman is an affectionate boy and if you sit down near him for more than a few seconds, you’re likely to find yourself with a lap full of this nine-year-old Mongrel. Coco is desperate to find a home, having been at Battersea for over 80 days. Whoever takes this gorgeous cuddle-monster home will have a life-long, loving companion.

Mo: the dog who likes to be tucked in at night
Mo captured the hearts of Battersea staff as soon as he arrived thanks to his pronounced overbite, which certainly gives him a unique look. This four-year-old Jack Russell is an adorable but shy boy who likes nothing more than cuddles and his blanket. Mo enjoys snuggling down to sleep under a special brown blanket. He’s an affectionate boy who is feeling a bit overwhelmed in the kennels and is hoping someone will come forward and give him a forever home soon.

Tyler: the dog who does the Mexican wave  
As far as we know, eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Tyler has never been to Mexico - but this quirky Staffordshire Bull Terrier certainly loves to do the Mexican wave. Whenever he is happy or excited Tyler likes to sit on his back legs and throw his paws up in the air over his head. Tyler’s quirky habit has made this eight-year-old a firm favourite among the staff at Battersea and he’s hoping his special trick will help him to win over a potential new owner. 


For more information please contact or call Rebecca George on 0207 627 9333 

Notes to editors

  • Ethel will star in Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs tonight (Thursday 20 October) at 8:30pm on ITV
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help.  We reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners through our Lost Dogs & Cats Line or care for them until new homes can be found for them, giving them shelter and the highest standards of kennelling and veterinary care.  
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • The Home cares for around 8000 dogs and cats each year.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity but the average stay for a dog is 30 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit