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In the doghouse! Naughty bulldog puppy Horris destroyed TWO sofas worth £1,200 in a matter of weeks

A naughty bulldog puppy is in the doghouse after eating two of his owner’s sofas, worth £1,200, in just a matter of weeks.  

Horris may look like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth but owner Julie Ann became concerned when she returned from an afternoon out to discover a piece of foam hanging from his mouth. 

B&B owner Julie, 64, was stunned when she followed the one-year-old pup to discover the bare frame of her £500 Chesterfield sofa surrounded by shredded stuffing.

The sight was even more shocking as this was the second sofa the tiny terror had wolfed down in lockdown – having eaten a £700 conservatory couch just a few weeks earlier.

Shocking images show both sofas completely destroyed and unsalvagable, with their bare frames visible, and mountains of shredded padding and torn cloth strewn around them.

Julie, who also has eight-year-old lurcher Bambi, three-year-old Colin the Collie, three-year-old blue merle Flip and four-year-old blue merle collie, Poppy, has said Horris is going to have to live with the consequences of his actions.

The two sofas are not the only items the destructive dog has chewed his way, either, as Horris has also eaten £350-worth of shoes including pricey designer Hunter and Le Chameau wellies.

Julie, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, said: ‘I’m just hoping he’s going through a naughty phase as I think some dogs do that and I’m just going to have to ride it out.

‘I’m worried about him because I don’t want it to happen again.

‘The wooden frames [on both sofas] are still there but I haven’t been able to go out and get replacements because of the lockdown.

‘Both sofas are ones he’s shredded recently, the latest was a green Chesterfield sofa that he did in one go.

‘I knew straight away Horris was to blame, he looked guilty as anything. He was wagging his tail with this big piece of foam in his mouth as if to say ‘look what I’ve done, mum’.

‘I’m not going to keep buying sofas for him to chew up, he’ll have to lie on it as it is and maybe that’ll teach him a lesson.’ 

The sofa Horris shredded in mid June was one Julie moved from the lounge into a room for the dogs.

Julie said: ‘I got another sofa as I’d had the older green sofa for a while but it was in perfect condition.

‘I’m a bit soft and I moved it into their room for them to sit on.

‘I was out around three hours for an appointment, I left at 1pm and was back by 4pm and in those three hours he pulled the sofa to bits and shredded it.

‘He’s been in there loads of times and he’s been a very good dog and then all of a sudden he’s turned into a wild child.

‘It’s like the terrible twos but it’s come earlier, I was mortified when I saw what he’d done.

‘He’d eaten through three big seat cushions, the cloth covering and took the foam off the arms and the back – he demolished the whole lot.

‘He was wagging his tail and was very pleased with himself.

‘He knew he’d done wrong but he didn’t care. If Colin the sheepdog did wrong and I said ‘no’ to him he would sulk, but Horris looks at you as if to say ‘aren’t I wonderful?’.’

The three-hour sofa demolition job comes just weeks after Horris left the couch in the conservatory bare.

Julie said: ‘The one in the conservatory was chewed up first.

‘He started by getting all the cushions off it and putting them on the floor then chewing the corners, then he started nibbling the arms and pulling the stuffing out of those.

‘It was a nice sofa and cost around £700. It was there because I’d had my house repainted and I changed my sofa to match it.

‘It was a cloth-covered one in a sage and pale gold pattern, now he’s taken everything off and there’s just a wooden frame at the back. I’m annoyed about that one.’

Julie also has to regularly whip her washing from between Horris’ teeth.

She said: ‘The other day I was cleaning my kitchen and I thought they were quiet.

‘When I went in Horris was chewing my t-shirt on the sofa, then I realised it was part of my washing, which was all around the yard.

‘I went to pick up a pair of leggings from the floor and he just picked them up and ran round with them in his mouth and had me chasing him round.’

Despite Horris’ naughty phase, Julie insists she loves him, and all her pets, unconditionally.

She said: ‘I love all my dogs. I’ve had dogs all my life but I’ve never had a dog who’s suddenly turned naughty like he has.

‘I’ve also never had one that I’ve not ‘won’ in the end.

‘The dog needs to know it’s wrong or it might carry on doing it forever. I’m spending time making him sit and praising his good behaviour.’

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