By Kerry Mcdermott
..Owning a pet dog has always had its downsides.
Teeth marks on shoes and accidents on the kitchen floor are just some of the bad habits owners are willing to overlook in light of the endless affection, loyalty and playfulness provided by a pet pooch.
But now owners are getting their own back on their naughty pets by posting their pictures in a 'dogshaming' gallery on the internet.
Playful: This dog's habit of chewing carpets earned it a place on the 'name and shame your dog' site
The Tumblr site has been flooded with pictures of mischievous dogs all accompanied by signs detailing their bad behaviour.
The gallery features everything from a pug that digs up gardens and has a tendency to bite to a mournful looking canine who ate a whole stick of butter while his owner's back was turned.
Dogs with a habit of leaving their mess in unfortunate locations seem most likely to incur the wrath of their owners, with bad toilet behaviour featuring heavily in the gallery of shame.
It's not just naughty dogs who have had their high jinks posted online for all to see - cat owners are getting in on the act too.
One sleepy-eyed feline is pictured next to a sign that reads: 'I ate all the string cheese'.
Another exasperated owner has posted a photo of their pet with a sign that says simply: 'I was a bad dog - again.'
Shamed: The owner of this pug revealed its penchant for digging up gardens and biting
Bad habits: Dog owners photograph their naughty pets with signs outlining their bad behaviour
Surprise: This dog left an unpleasant treat for its owner in the couch
Forbidden food: According to the sign this greedy canine ate his owner's mobile phone
Puppy-dog eyes: This pooch, left, is not a fan of strangers. The owner of a sad-eyed alsatian, right, joked that their pet is on 'doggy prozac'
Big dog: This dog has an unfortunate means of keeping her fellow pet in line
Pilfering: Apparently nothing is safe from this pooch - not even cash
Living in harmony: Cats are also featured in the online gallery of shame
Appetite: This cute canine was a victim of his own greed - and so was his owner
Guilty: This pooch was shamed for ignoring its owner
Innocent: The innocent expression on this poodle's face hides an unpleasant habit
Insatiable: No amount of kibble will satisfy this hound's insatiable appetite
Hidden surprise: It's little wonder this dog's owner chose to shame their pet on the internet
Dog mess: The owner of this beagle, left, found a creative use for the mess left by their dog, while another owner went into more detail about his pet's bad habits, right
Attention seeker: This cute pup won't stand for being ignored
Your dinner's in the dog: Anything goes when it comes to this pooch's diet
Destructive: This tiny dog has a lot to answer for
Bad manners: The grumpy looking dog in this picture has an unfortunate trait
Hangdog expression: Unpleasant toilet habits are a common theme in the gallery of shame
Playful: This pooch enjoys chewing up toilet paper tubes
Scorn: Pet owners mock their dogs on the Tumblr site
Scaredy-dog: This retriever fails to live up to its name, according to its owner
Hungry: Apparently this husky will eat anything it can get its paws on
No pet is safe: As well as troublesome dogs, left, cats also pop up on the gallery of shame, right
Another fine mess: This dog's owner let the sign do the talking
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Bad boy! Pet owners share their frustration with their pesky pooches in 'dogshaming' craze . . . and cats come in for scorn too
By Kerry Mcdermott