In the latest episode of his canine documentary, Paul O’Grady meets young lurcher Twinkle who was left abandoned and tied to the gates of Battersea’s Kent branch. When Twinkle is examined by head vet Shaun he realises she’s in a shocking state and is now all skin and bones.
Twinkle is only alive thanks to an eagle-eyed security guard and Paul watches the CCTV footage as a man ties Twinkle to the gate during the night. Had the gates been opened, Twinkle would’ve been crushed. As Twinkle can’t be rehomed until she’s reached a healthy weight and with a potential new owner waiting in France, the pressure is on for her to put on the pounds. Thankfully Paul is on hand to teach Twinkle a few words of French in preparation for her move across the channel.
Elsewhere in this episode, we meet four-month old Terrier cross Buddy. Buddy has a severe case of ADD and bundles of energy, which Battersea dog behaviour expert Brian hopes to put to good use by finding him a place with a dog agility display team. But first Paul needs to put him through his paces in the Battersea agility barn and tries not to get too attached in the process.
Meanwhile a family come into reclaim their dog Princess, who has been missing for 18 months, but thanks to her microchip, when she arrived in the home staff were able to track her family down. Having been a pup when she disappeared, the Battersea staff warns her family they believe Princess might have been used for breeding and didn’t turn up in the best condition. After an anxious wait, there is an emotional reunion as the family are finally brought back together.
Paul O’Grady – For the Love of Dogs continues tonight on ITV at 8:30pm
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