By Amy Hunt
Paul O'Grady has announced the devastating news that his 14-year-old pet dog Olga has passed away, after suffering from kidney failure.
Speaking to the Mirror, the popular presenter revealed that he had no choice but to put his Cairn Terrier to sleep, given how ill she had been.
He said, "I’m really sad but there was no choice but for Olga to be put to sleep.
“She was ready to go. At least I will have a good night’s sleep now. I have been up with her for two nights on the sofa. She’s been up in the night vomming and things."
Explaining the difficult decision, Paul admitted to the publication that he knew what he had to do once he realised how bad her condition had got.
He said, “It’s the hardest thing to do but it’s the only thing to do.
“I knew it wasn’t Olga any more, she was a state. I shed my tears earlier on in the week. It’s heartbreaking. but she had a great life. She loved television studios.”
He went on to share that he buried her close to home too, and got a chance to say a proper goodbye.
"I held her and off she went. I buried her myself in the orchard."
Paul O'Grady continued to pay tribute to his beloved Olga, honouring her years of TV work alongside her famous owner.
The 62-year-old shared, “She was widely loved. She had her own fan club.”
In fact, the famous pooch had amassed a huge 34,000 Instagram followers of her own, sharing photos of her TV escapades. Over the years, she appeared alongside Paul many times on TV - including on his own, namesake show, and during other programmes, such as Loose Women.
14-year-old Olga had experienced health troubles in the past too. It was revealed that animal lover Paul spent around £8,000 on treatment for his pet, after she suffered from cancer four years ago. The operation left the dog with just one kidney, but she luckily made a full recovery at the time.
And despite the huge cost, Paul has maintained that he would do whatever it takes to help his pets, admitting he would have sold his house to pay for it if he had to.
Paul O'Grady currently has five other dogs, who he lives with on his farm in Kent. However, the For The Love of Dogs presenter confessed he wouldn't get another canine companion after losing Olga.
"She was my familiar, my main man."
We're so sorry for your loss Paul.
Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.
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