Paul O'Grady, Tom Hardy, For the Love of Dogs

For the Love of Dogs: Viewers swoon as Tom Hardy comforts stressed out pooch

Who's drooling more?

Paul O’Grady For the Love of Dogs viewers were swooning last night as Tom Hardy appeared on the programme.

During Wednesday’s (July 29) episode of spin-off series What Happened Next, the Hollywood heartthrob was on to comfort a distressed Staffordshire bull terrier cross.

Sidney, a former resident of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, was back because his owners had to move away and couldn’t look after him any more.

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Tom Hardy was on For the Love of Dogs to cheer up Staffie cross Sidney (Credit: ITV)

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Host Paul said on the show: “It’s always sad to see a dog returning here, especially one as popular as Sidney.”

Unfortunately, Sidney struggled to settle back in, despite his familiar surroundings.

Soon after coming back, he started to pace around his kennel and became so stressed he ripped up his bed. They even had to operate on him, after he swallowed plastic from one of his toys.

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Actor Tom Hardy, who famously loves dogs and is a regular visitor at Battersea, came in to cheer Sidney up.

As Paul explained that the poor pooch gets more stressed than most when confined to kennels, Tom stroked Sidney and cooed: “Hello mate.”

Tom Hardy on For the Love of Dogs
Viewers were made up to have Tom on their screens (Credit: ITV)

He then said to Paul: “He’s a top dog. He’s the poster boy at Battersea? This is such a smart dog that if he gets bored, he’ll want to play and he has a mad half hour and then just chills.”

Paul joked: “Well, he definitely likes Tom, we’ve established that.”

And it seems Sidney wasn’t the only one, as viewers at home were overjoyed to have Tom on their screens.

Tom Hardy on For the Love of Dogs
Some were ‘jealous’ of Sidney and the cuddles he was getting (Credit: ITV)

How did viewers react?

One said on Twitter: “Can you imagine being a member of staff at @Battersea_ and Tom Hardy coming in for a play with the dogs? I’d be following him round, wanting to be taken home and drooling more than the dogs #pogdogs.”

Another tweeted, with a string of heart-eye emojis: “Tom Hardy on #pogdogs.”

Drooling more than the dogs.

A third joked: “Tom Hardy tho’ #pogdogs.”

Someone else said: “Sidney and Tom Hardy on #Pogdogs @itv @RealPOGDogs. Great show, lovely dogs, and a fabulous actor. And Paul O’Grady is brilliant too!”

A fifth wrote: “When you’re watching a programme about Battersea Dog’s Home and you’re already in seventh heaven and then… Tom Hardy turns up to visit them #pogdogs.”

Viewers ‘so jealous’

“Tom Hardy, love him more for loving dogs,” said a sixth. “And to do visits too, fantastic. Lotta respect. #pogdogs.”

Another quipped: “Can I foster Tom Hardy though? #pogdogs.”

“Oh Sidney… I’m so so jealous,” someone else confessed. “Kissing Tom and oooooo so many folks wanting to be a pooch right now lol #POGDOGS.”

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For the Love of Dogs went on to reveal that Sidney did, thankfully, find a forever home – although he had to have an eye removed. His new owner, Sarah, explained it was because of a glaucoma.

Now aged 13, Sidney’s enjoying a quiet life. Sarah said: “He likes a very simple, predictable life. A nice comfy bed, preferably my son’s. He likes nice food, lots of it.”

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