Anyone who’s seen an episode of For The Love Of Dogs knows how much Paul O’Grady adores his four-legged friends.
And they’ll understand the pain that any dog lover goes through when they lose a furry companion.
The adored TV host has opened up about his grief at losing his dog Louis recently.
In a new interview with the Express at the weekend, Paul was asked about the last time he cried.
He replied: “When my dog, Louis, was put to sleep recently after he had a stroke. I’d had him for 14 years.”
Such heartbreaking news.
In a piece with the Telegraph last month, the TV presenter spoke about all his pet pooches.
“I’ve got six dogs now: Louis, the eldest, followed by Olga, Bullseye, Eddie, Boycie and the latest addition, Conchita.”
Paul is currently back on TV each Thursday night with a new series of For The Love Of Dogs.
He gave his legions of fans a fright last week as he revealed that he had collapsed and been rushed to hospital while filming.
The Cheshire-born star collapsed after picking up an infection from wounded dogs in India.
The Blind Date host told The Mirror: “[The dogs] had been bitten by rats and there were maggots in them. I must’ve touched my mouth with my hand, and I started vomiting at five in the morning.”
Arriving at hospital, he was told by doctors that he was at risk of suffering kidney failure – but luckily, they were able to save his life.
And having previously suffered three heart attacks, the veteran entertainer claims that he’s living on borrowed time.
He continued: “I used to think I was invincible, but now I’m running out of lives. I’m not scared of death at all… It’s the way you die that worries me — that’s the fear.”
But to allay everyone’s fears, Paul has appeared on This Morning in the past fortnight, looking happy and well.