NEWS: 16 Ludicrous Reasons People Gave Up Their Dogs This Year


Crazy superstitions and too much poop are just some of the ludicrous reasons people have given up their dogs over the past year. To coincide with the launch of their famous Christmas campaign, UK dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust has teamed up with a number of famous faces including songstress Ella Eyre, to reveal the bizarre and preposterous list of excuses people have cited when handing over their unwanted pets to Dogs Trusts 20 rehoming centres.

As fellow animal lovers, we’re pretty sure you will find it unthinkable that anyone could see a pet as a disposable commodity. Check out the full list below and Dog’s Trust Christmas video – and please share to spread the word that ‘A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas!’

16 silly reasons people gave up their pets to Dogs Trust:

  1. He’s too perfect
  2. The fence was hit by lightning so we took it as a sign that we shouldn’t have a dog
  3. He kept sitting in front of the TV when the football was on
  4. He got into the fridge and he ate the banoffee pie
  5. He chewed my model helicopter
  6. He kept chewing the grandchildren’s nappies
  7. All he does is sleep
  8. He doesn’t bark
  9. He keeps pulling washing off the washing line
  10. He looked different after we walked him in the rain
  11. He won’t fit in my handbag or wear the clothes I bought him
  12. He kept distracting the children from revising for their GCSEs
  13. He kept pulling the noses off the children’s toys
  14. He’s scared of tin foil
  15. He doesn’t pay any attention to the baby
  16. He kept eating our apples and pooped on the very expensive rug

Crazy huh?

British singer-songwriter Ella Eyre said: “Being involved in this Dogs Trust Christmas campaign has really opened my eyes. I can’t believe how ridiculous some of the reasons that people give up their dogs can be! Hopefully this video will raise awareness of responsible dog ownership, and spread the important message that a ‘Dog is For Life, Not Just for Christmas’.”

If you or someone you know is thinking of getting a dog for Christmas, please check out our list of 10 reasons why you shouldn’t. If you are interested in rescuing a dog from Dogs Trust or want to donate to their Christmas appeal, please visit:

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Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.

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