Paul OGrady in tears in final For The Love Of Dogs saying bye to pup he helped

Paul O' Grady was "moved to tears" during an emotional farewell to a lovable pooch during his final For The Love of Dogs scenes.

The TV presenter, who died last week aged 67 years old, filmed the popular ITV animal programme, Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, last year – with its 11th and final series set to air on ITV1 and ITVX on April 13, 2023.

The Mirror reported that one episode sees Paul nurse a Newfoundland dog called Peggy back to health following an operation at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where the series is set.

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Peggy underwent a three-hour operation on her back legs, before commencing eight weeks of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and assisted walks in a supported harness.

After helping to nurse Peggy, Paul subsequently wanted to adopt the lovable pooch after meeting her, but can be heard saying in the upcoming episode that there is "no room at the inn".

The presenter previously adopted several dogs from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, including Chihuahua-Jack Russell cross Eddie, Shih Tzu Boycie, Maltese Conchita, mongrels Arfur and Nancy and a Dachshund called Sausage.

Paul can be heard saying: "Oh dear, I wish I was ready for you, Peggy, but I am afraid I can’t do it this time, there is just no room at the inn.

"Peggy, it’s been a real privilege meeting you, it’s not every day you get to meet a special dog like you. You are very beautiful. It’s been lovely knowing you, take it easy, Peggy."

However, he was moved to tears as Peggy began to whine when the presenter tried to leave, with Paul telling the pooch in the emotional moment: "Don’t start, Peggy please. I’m going to get a job on the railways. It’s too hard to say goodbye."

The two were later reunited when Paul visited the family who had adopted Peggy, with the presenter saying: "She steals the heart of everyone she meets and I am head over heels."

Friend and fans of the star were left devastated last week, when it was announced that the presenter has died "unexpectedly but peacefully," on March 28, 2023.

Following Paul's death, a tribute fund set up by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in the presenter's honour has raised almost £250,000 – with all money donated being use to support the charity.

The 11th and final series of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs starts on Thursday, 8.30pm, on ITV1 and ITVX.

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