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'He’s scared of tin foil' - Eamonn Holmes fronts Dogs Trust Christmas campaign full of excuses used to give up pups

By Claire Williamson

Published 02/12/2015

Eamonn Holmes is giving his backing to this year's hard-hitting Dogs Trust campaign which highlights some of the ludicrous excuses offered by dog owners giving up their pets after Christmas.

Dogs Trust has teamed up with some of the nation's most famous faces to launch the iconic 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas' campaign.

The line-up of celebrity dog lovers includes Sky News’s Eamonn Holmes, Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington, Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc and comedian Jon Richardson whose shocked reactions were captured as they read out the farcical and sometimes bizarre excuses given by members of the public who no longer want their dogs.

But while the excuses are laughable - the throwaway attitude of people towards dog ownership is the harsh reality for many of the unwanted dogs in the past year.

Dogs Trust Patron Eamonn Holmes said: "I had no idea how powerful the slogan ‘A Dog is for Life’ was until I went out there and brought our Dogs Trust rescue dog Maggie into my life.

"Now she is for life, but she also changed my life in so many ways."

These are some of the most preposterous excuse heard by Dogs Trust staff across the UK in the past 12 months:

•He’s too perfect

•The fence was hit by lightning so we took it as a sign that we shouldn’t have a dog

•He kept sitting in front of the TV when the football was on

•He got into the fridge and he ate the banoffee pie

•He chewed my model helicopter

•He kept chewing the grandchildren’s nappies

•All he does is sleep

•He doesn’t bark

•He only poos in our garden

•He kept distracting the children from revising for their GCSEs

•He kept pulling the noses off the children’s toys

•He’s scared of tin foil

•He doesn’t pay any attention to the baby

•He kept eating our apples and pooped on the very expensive rug

•The fence was hit by lightning so we took it as a sign that we shouldn’t have a dog

•He kept sitting in front of the TV when the football was on

Dogs Trust’s Chief Executive, Adrian Burder said: "Sadly, there are many understandable reasons why people have to give up their dogs and we appreciate that circumstances can change beyond their control, however we cannot fathom that dogs should lose their security, comfort and home for such reasons they ‘ate the banoffee pie’ or ‘sat in front of the TV when the football was on.”

"We are immensely grateful to the star-studded cast who so enthusiastically volunteered their time to help Dogs Trust share such a valuable message, it is heartwarming to see how much they care about dog welfare.

"After nearly 40 years of highlighting our iconic slogan, “A dog is For Life Not Just For Christmas”, we hope that with their help, we can help even more even people understand that dogs should be treated as valued family members, not fashion accessories, trends or commodities that can be cast off when their appeal wears thin.”

British singer-songwriter Ella Eyre said being involved in the campaign had "opened her eyes".

"I can’t believe how ridiculous some of the reasons that people give up their dogs can be", she said.

"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’.”

Television presenter Mel Giedroyc said the excuses had saddened her.

“As a dog lover, to hear some of the downright bonkers reasons why people give up their dogs shocks and sadden me. Hopefully this video will highlight how important responsible dog ownership is.”

To find out more visit Dogs Trust website

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