ITV For the Love of Dogs fans issue Alison Hammond verdict and say 'Paul would be proud'

Alison Hammond was branded as 'a ray of light' as she hosted For the Love of Dogs
Alison Hammond was branded as 'a ray of light' as she hosted For the Love of Dogs -Credit:ITV

Fans have heaped praise on Alison Hammond as she fills in for an important TV role.

For the Love of Dogs has been filmed for ITV at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for years with Birkenhead-born Paul O'Grady fronting the programme until his sudden death in March 2023. The docuseries, which has led to animals being paired with loving homes, continues with Alison Hammond at the helm.

Many tuning into the ITV series were concerned that things wouldn't be the same after the regular face and voice of the show changed. But, viewers were quick to heap praise onto Alison as the third episode aired this evening.

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One wrote on X (Twitter): "I am absolutely adoring @AlisonHammond presenting this show. Her bond with the dogs is just amazing - Paul would be very proud of you!"

Another described the bubbly personality known best for presenting This Morning as "a ray of light, breath of fresh air and an all round loving caring funny person".

A third tagged mum-of-one Alison as they commented: "Another great episode of For The Love of Dogs. I think you're doing a great job. No one could fill Paul's shoes, but you've made it your own. I look forward to next week."

In the latest instalment of the programme, Alison met a lovely little Pug named Stan who suffered a range of health problems. She also helped a German Shephard who is scared of her own shadow, and tried to train a litter of lurcher pups.

Paul hasn't been forgotten for the decades of support he gave to the charity and the programme. As the first episode aired earlier this month, a tribute was paid to the 63-year-old.

It said: "Carrying on Paul's legacy, it's brand new For the Love of Dogs with Alison Hammond." At the beginning of the episode, viewers were shown Paul's monument outside Battersea Dogs and Cats Home as Alison said: "A very wise man once said 'all a dog needs is love'."

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