Ian O'Doherty: Seriously, when will people learn that a dog's not just for Christmas?
'This is the time of the year I dread. I can't believe that so many people still think it's a good idea to get a dog for Christmas and then decide by the start of January that the novelty has gone and they don't want them any more."
These were the depressing words of a woman I know who works in a dog shelter.
Incredibly, despite the fact that anyone with a brain knows otherwise, people still insist on getting a dog -- usually a puppy -- for Christmas.