The 14 year old shih tzu-bishon frise cross was a regular on Paul O’Grady’s chat show on Channel 4 and popular with viewers. Lately, Buster hasn’t been appearing on the current TV series because of his age.
After being diagnosed with cancer, Buster reportedly appeared to be in a lot of pain and vets recommended he was put down.
A spokesperson for Paul told the media the TV star was ‘absolutely gutted’. He said:
“Paul is absolutely devastated. It all happened suddenly. Buster had been suffering and in a lot of pain. Putting him down was the kind thing to do.”
Buster has been with Paul O’Grady for a long time since the TV chat show host found the stray dog on the motorway. He sat on Paul’s desk show after show as Paul went through the viewer’s mail and then after the first 8 – 10 minutes, Buster would leave as the studio lights became too strong. Buster was so popular with viewers that a Nodding Buster toy was created and given as a prize.
Last week, Paul told viewers that Buster had retired and two of his other dogs, Bullseye and Olga, took over his role.
The Channel 4 website has a special Buster page that states:
“Having grown up on the Big Breakfast Show and Lily Live, he’s happiest on television. The only downside to being on the show is all the baths he’s made to have, as he’s happiest rolling around in the dirt on Paul’s farm.”
Dogs become a great friend and companion for their owners, so our thoughts are with Paul.