How many dogs did Paul O’Grady have including beloved pup Buster

Paul O’Grady, one of the nation’s favourite presenters and TV personalities sadly passed away last month at the age of 67.

The showbiz star first broke onto the scene with his drag act persona, Lily Savage, before going on to host his own talk show, plus plenty of other TV series, including a UK favourite, For The Love of Dogs.

Paul’s husband, Andre Portasio announced his death in a statement, and revealed that he passed “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday 28th March.

“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss,” he added.

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.”

“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”

While many fans know that Paul was a huge animal lover, he was also an advocate for animal rights, raised money for charity, and attempted to rehome over 80 cats and dogs from the Battersea animal shelter during lockdown.

In terms of his own pooches, let’s take a look at how many the 67 year old owned…

Throughout his life, Paul welcomed plenty of rescue dogs into his home. At the time of his death though, he had five pooches living on his farm in Kent, which he shared with Andre – Nancy, Arfur, Conchita, Eddie, and Sausage.

The presenter announced the adoption of Nancy back in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, taking to Twitter to write: “As Battersea Dogs and Cats Home had closed temporarily and I’d been filming there we were asked if we’d like to foster a dog.”

"I’d grown quite fond of this little pup so I took her home.

"Of course I fully intended to keep her from the start and I’ve called her Nancy."

Paul also had another beloved dog called Buster, who was just as famous as the comedian himself, thanks to him always appearing alongside him on his talk show.

But sadly, the canine died in November 2009 due to cancer.

Following his death, Paul dedicated the second part of his autobiography to his four legged friend, dubbing him as the “greatest canine star since Lassie.”

The pooch was so popular with fans of the Paul O’Grady show, that a mini nodding version of Buster was created as a prize to give to the live audience during the show.

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