Where Paul O’Grady’s Dogs Are Now: Tragic Deaths, Forced Returns and Fights

Paul O’Grady is known for many things: his comedy chat show, his drag queen persona, and his devotion to animals.

The For the Love of Dogs host shares his home with a menagerie of pets including dogs, chickens, pigs, sheep, goats and alpacas.

However, he has suffered his fair share of animal anguish due to his ever-growing four-legged cohort.

The 66-year-old recently had to return his last foster dog, Tulip after things got too much.

during his itv program Paul O’Grady for the Love of Dogs: What Happened Next, Paul quickly fell in love with an American bulldog and couldn’t resist bringing her home to live alongside his five rescue dogs: Nancy, Arfur, Conchita, Eddie and Sausage.

But as soon as he got home, he started to misbehave and pick on the announcer and his other dogs, making their home a stressful environment for everyone.

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Tulip has already secured a new home after being returned to the rescue center.

His sudden outbursts left his other dogs shaking, so in order to restore harmony to his home, Paul had to make a difficult decision.

With a heavy heart, he returned her to the rescue center but was encouraged to learn that she had already been placed in another home and gets along with her new owner’s other dog.

Paul has been forced to say goodbye to various animals over the years, one of which is the iconic Buster, who died of cancer at age 14.

The shih tzu bichon frize cross became a familiar furry face after taking a regular spot alongside the star on Channel 4’s The Paul O’Grady Show.

Veterinarians euthanized him in 2009 after he was diagnosed with the disease and appeared to be in considerable pain, leaving the announcer “absolutely shattered”.

A page dedicated to Buster on the Channel 4 website stated: “Having grown up on the Big Breakfast Show and Lily Live, he is happiest on television.

Paul O’Grady with his dog Buster during the 2005 National Television Awards



Paul O’Grady with his rescue dog Sausage



“The only downside to being on the show is all the toilets it must have, since she’s happiest rolling around in the dirt on Paul’s farm.”

Just four years later, Paul revealed how his beloved Olga, a cairn terrier mix, had been diagnosed with cancer.

He enrolled her in an intensive veterinary treatment course of chemotherapy at a cost of around £8,000 to try to prolong her life.

The precious dog managed to live another four years before taking her last breath at the age of 14.

After leaving her in her garden, she said: “I am very sad, but there was no choice but to put Olga to sleep.

“She was ready to go. At least now I’ll get a good night’s sleep. I was up with her for two nights on the couch. She’s been up all night throwing up and stuff.”

“It’s the hardest thing to do, but it’s the only thing you can do.

“I knew she wasn’t Olga anymore, she was a state. I shed my tears earlier in the week. It’s heartbreaking, but she had a great life. She loved TV studios.”

Sadly, the star suffered a double tragedy after her two dogs, Bullseye and Boycie, died within a year of each other.

Speaking of Bullseye, he told Radio 2: “I can’t handle it, it’s what I always say: invite an animal into your life, you inevitably invite heartbreak.”

Breaking the news about Boycie in Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic, the animal lover shared an adorable photo of the shih tzu enjoying a cuddle with his owner in bed.

He wrote: “A message from Paul… Unfortunately he had to say goodbye to Boycie today. He asked me to share this photo.”

Paul has spent much of his time working with animals, including on the hit documentary Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, which airs on itv the Wednesdays.

He has long been a supporter of animal rights and is an ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, as well as a patron of charities such as Orangutan Appeal UK and Wildlife SOS.

Paul O’Grady with his husband Andre Portasio



He breached his self-imposed clause in his contract, which is said to prohibit him from bringing animals home from Battersea while filming, earlier this year.

He mentioned this a few years ago and revealed that “under no circumstances” was he allowed to bring any more Battersea animals home.

But when he welcomed Sausage, aka Soz, to his home, he said, “I took this furry little monster home with me. His name is Sausage, which isn’t very original, but it doesn’t matter, since he can’t understand a word”. from English except ‘biscuit’.

“She gets along with everyone else except Conchita, who just ignores her, but Nancy loves her and together they’re a good pair of thugs.

“So far, Sausage has made her way through a couple of dog beds, an armchair, countless pairs of socks and shoes and the stair carpet, but she’s the friendliest dog on the planet, so what is a pair of shoes between friends?

“Sausage loves cartoons or animations, call them what you want. She’s been glued to the TV watching an animation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm without saying anything. It keeps her calm anyway.”

Despite almost always sharing his home with an animal, it wasn’t until the pandemic that Paul moved in with his husband of almost five years, Andre.

The lovesick couple met in the mid-2000s after meeting at a gay club in London called Showplace, and tied the knot in the summer of 2017.

Paul previously confessed that the idea of ​​living apart from her husband was inspired by Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton, who lived apart during their marriage.

“We’re doing a Helena Bonham Carter and Tim what’s-his-name, and it’s working wonderfully,” he told the Irish News.

“It’s the same as before. We see each other all the time. We just don’t live together, which to me is a perfect relationship because when you’ve had enough, you can say, ‘I’ll see you, I’m out.’

“I’m a little cranky in the morning. I’m a cobra. I don’t get up, they dig me up and I slide down the stairs looking for trouble. But otherwise I’m fine. Andre is impeccable, you know, everything is neat, and I do not”.

However, when the pandemic hit and strict isolation rules came into play, Paul decided it was time to move in with Andre so the couple could be close and care for their baby animals together.

Do you have a history of dogs to sell? Email paige.freshwater@reachplc.com.

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