Paul O’Grady once used a £5 note as a poo bag then used it to buy milk

This image is strictly embargoed from publication until 00.01 Tuesday 10th December 2019 From Olga Productions PAUL OGRADY'S FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS AT CHRISTMAS Thursday 26th December 2019 on ITV Pictured: Paul O'Grady with Sprout Paul O'Grady returns once again to Battersea Dogs and Cats in a one-hour special of 'For The Love of Dogs at Christmas'. This year Paul?s enlisted to help dogs with behavioural problems. There?s a reclusive mongrel called Misty who refuses to leave her kennel, a grumpy Yorkshire terrier called Teddy who refuses to walk and an American bull-dog who?s lost her mojo after years enjoying pub life. He also helps an over- protective staffie mum who finds it hard to say goodbye to her pups, an Akita called Berry who refuses to believe her owners have left her and there?s one year old stray ?Sprout?, the happiest little dog at Battersea who?s so excitable he can?t help having accidents. On top of all this Paul?s back with the street vet team to bring festive joy to London?s homeless and their dogs. Paul has a very busy Christmas ahead! (C) Battersea Cats and Dogs Home For further information please contact Peter Gray 0207 157 3046 This photograph is ? Battersea Cats and Dogs Home and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme PAUL OGRADY'S FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS AT CHRISTMAS or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website
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Paul O’Grady once used a £5 note to pick up his dog’s poo – and then spent it in a shop. The 66-year-old star was out walking his beloved dog Buster at the time when his pet needed to do ‘his business’, and Paul was caught short without a poo bag to clean up.

So what else was there for the TV star to do but improvise?

Speaking to Claudia Winkleman on BBC Radio 2, Paul said: ‘When Buster was a puppy, I was out with him on the green. He did his business and I’m very conscientious. I always clean up after. And of course no poo bag – all I had was a fiver.

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‘So over I went, picked it up with the fiver, and put it in the bin.’

The Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs host then went home to find a poo bag to dispose of the mess, saying: ‘Took Buster home, found a poo bag, went straight back, opened the bin, shook the fiver out into the poo bag.’
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Buster had to do ‘his business’ (Picture: Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

However, he wasn’t about to waste perfectly good cash, as he added: ‘Went home, wiped the fiver down, and then went to the shop and bought a milk and a paper with it.’

As grim as that sounds, at least the incident taught Paul always to cary a poo bag – although even that caused an awkward moment as he found one in his pocket while he was up on stage accepting a prize at the National Television Awards.

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The presenter, who previously hosted shows as his drag alter ego Lily Savage, said: ‘I was up there getting the awkward and I had my hand in my pocket and there was a dog biscuit and a poo bag in my pocket.’ Paul’s beloved Shih tzu-bichon frise-cross Buster, who often appeared on TV with his owner, sadly died of cancer 12 years ago at the age of 14. He also previously owned a Cairn Terrier called Olga, who was put down in 2018 after suffering from kidney failure. The former Paul O’Grady Show and Blankety Blank host recently made the jump to late night television with his new ITV show Paul O’Grady: Saturday Night Line-Up, and he’d promised something ‘dirty’ for viewers when he was filmed an unaired pilot in 2019.

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At the time, he took a swipe at other ITV presenters and laughed: ‘This will never get to a series. It’s the dirtiest show that is possible on telly. It is too rude. But they want a bit of rudeness now.

‘I mean who the f*** wants to watch Alan Titchmarsh? You know what they are like at ITV, they are a bit leg-crossed aren’t they? Phil and Holly – the pair who p*** themselves if somebody says “bum.”’