We were so glad when the latest series of Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs hit our screens in the autumn of 2014.
The much-loved show sees Paul introduce us to the various pooches and staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London and there we some very cute canines.
Dougal the Poodle and Archie the American Bulldog are amongst the gorgeous mutts we fell head over heels for in this series.
And pregnant Staffie Jolie had us cooing over her adorable pups – just look at them! The doting mum welcomed seven beautiful babies.
Yet each week the programme sent us on an emotional rollercoaster because, as well as lots of happy tales, there were always heartbreaking stories that brought a tear to our eye.
Who could forget the plight of German Shepherd Lady? The poor hound had to have her matted hair shaved off after she was left in a garden following the death of her owner.
Neglected Lhasa Apso Gizmo was also in a terrible state.
Underweight and in need of a good clean, the little fella had to be spruced up by Battersea’s caring team.
Luckily both Gizmo and Lady got the happy endings they deserved and found loving owners.
It’s heart-warming to see the dogs go on to their new homes. Some have even ended up with celebrities – teeny puppy Tyler was taken on by children’s author and Battersea ambassador Dame Jacqueline Wilson.
Others have headed overseas! We were thrilled when Old English Mastiff Freddie, a cuddly gentle giant, went to Denmark to meet his family.
There was a particularly touching moment when Paul O’Grady fell in love with Boxer puppy Tulip, who was found in a cemetery near Battersea’s Old Windsor site.
The comedian debated whether to take the pup home and decided to foster her to see how she’d get on with his four other dogs. Unfortunately Paul’s Jack Russell cross Eddie wasn’t very welcoming and Tulip had to return to Battersea after two days, leaving Paul heartbroken.
Gorgeous Tulip was soon snapped up though and went to a new home where her playmate was much more fond of her than Eddie was!
We were also introduced to lively youngster Coffee, who was about to undergo surgery.
We also met more of Battersea’s cheeky residents. Paul got acquainted with clever Dalmatian Duke, nicknamed Houdini because he can open locked doors! Then there’s Snoopy, who was in need of training to curb his dislike of postmen.