When you find the perfect colour scheme, it’s important to stick to it.
And one woman was so determined to maintain her co-ordinated decor that she returned a rescue dog to kennels – because he clashed with her living room curtains.
The house-proud woman, who has not been named, visited Harvey the Jack Russell in a rescue centre several times before taking him home.
But later the same day, she called to say that there was a problem with the ginger and white dog because he didn’t go with her curtains. Two days later, she returned Harvey to the Jasmil Kennels and Cattery in Lower Halstow, near Sittingbourne, Kent.
Kennel boss Barry Shuttleworth said he was ‘horrified’ when the woman, in her late 40s, gave such a trivial reason for handing back the three-year-old pet.
His wife Corrina, 38, added that there had been a spate of dogs being returned for ‘ridiculous reasons’, such as a labrador who ‘wouldn’t bark’ and another pet who was judged ‘not cuddly enough’.
She said: ‘In Harvey’s case the woman was in the kennels looking for a dog when Harvey was brought in as a stray.
‘She fell in love with him straight away and visited him for seven days before being allowed to take him home.
‘The day she took him home, she called us up and said there was a problem with Harvey as his colouring clashed with her lounge curtains. We told her to put him in another room, but two days later she brought him back and said she had spent a lot of money on her curtains and that she didn’t want Harvey any more.’
Mr Shuttleworth, 42, added: ‘Some people just don’t think about why they want a dog, and they need to so that so many dogs don’t end up unwanted.
‘I would urge people to consider the implications of rehoming a dog before deciding on any action.’