'Fido smells of dog': Most ridiculous excuses of owners getting rid of their pets revealed

Rebecca Lewis
Yahoo! News
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"A dog is for life, not just for Christmas" (Dogs Trust)

The saying "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas" was coined 34 years ago by the Dogs Trust, but it seems its relevancy is just as pertinent today as it was back then.

The very worst excuses used by dog owners getting rid of their pets have been disclosed today by the animal welfare charity - and they make for sober reading.

A sample of excuses given to the Dogs Trust:

It's not as cute as it used to be

It's too big for the house

It barks too much

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It snores too loudly

It can't do tricks

It keeps passing wind

It smells of 'dog'

The dog doesn't match the sofa

It scares the goldfish

It keeps barking at butterflies

It doesn't look like he did on the website

The dog was too old and no longer brought me any joy

It hurts my back to pick up my dog’s poop

I need a smaller dog

He wouldn’t fit in my handbag or wear the outfit I bought him

It can’t walk on the lino in my house

The dog gets too much attention

The dog doesn’t like me (after 24 hours)

Although some owners have legitimate reasons for giving up a dog, too often a flimsy reason is presented to staff at the charity's rehoming centres.

Four year old Terrier, Kirk, was handed in as his owners felt he got too excited when he was taken for walks.

A total of 16,000 dogs have been cared for by the Trust over the past year but the charity is bracing itself for a Christmas influx of unwanted pets.

Too many owners do not think through the commitment, dedication and money necessary to own a dog, according to Clarissa Baldwin, the CEO of Dogs Trust.

She said: "We see a number of dogs handed into our rehoming centres in the days and weeks following Christmas when the appeal of a cute puppy has worn off.

"It seems that people are still giving puppies as Christmas presents without considering the long term ramifications.

"Dogs can provide a world of happiness and enjoyment, and we urge anyone considering a new addition to the family to think it through properly and remember that the only place a puppy should be is on the outside of the wrapping paper, not inside it.”

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