Lucy Kennedy shares that making of new puppy documentary was “emotional”

Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Lucy Kennedy has opened up about how the making of her new documentary was “emotional.” The presenter’s latest Virgin Media doc airs this evening and is all about rehoming puppies with new families.

The mother-of-one recently adopted a gorgeous puppy of her own, who they named Riley, and she shared that she wanted to make the show to encourage more people to adopt.

Speaking with Ray D’Arcy on RTE Radio One today she said; “I was in bits. I actually wouldn’t consider myself to be necessarily a soft person but when it comes to animals and children that’s my weak spot.”

Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

The new show is called Lucy’s Puppy Problems, which as well as showing her own journey to rehoming a rescue pup, it will also follow some other families as they adopt pets of their own.

“Just seeing families, these are families that would have waited a long time to find the right dog and giving these dogs a second chance and witnessing that and yeah, I totally stole the glory.”

“I took the puppies away from the DSPCA and went, ‘I want to rehome just to see their faces’. It is quite emotional because you’re watching these dogs get a second chance in life.”

Continuing she shared how emotional she found the experience; “I might have cried a few times behind the scenes and then Richard was really worried, he kept on checking my boot every time I would film because he knows I fell in love with everybody.”

Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

As well as highlighting the need for people to adopt not shop, the doc also makes people aware of the level of commitment needed to take on a pet and that it is a “huge responsibility.”

Lucy shared; “We are all aware that puppy farms exist and all the yucky stuff like smuggling. We don’t harp on too much about it because people are aware and I think to a point it makes people feel a little bit queasy.”

“So this I suppose is the flip side of that which is, look unfortunately puppy farms will exist people will still buy dogs and they’re still entitled to buy dogs but it’s just to show people there are options.”

Lucy’s Puppy Problems will air tonight at 9.30pm on Virgin Media One.

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