Staffordshire bull terrier Barney is in the dog house this Christmas for indulging in an unsavoury appetite for women's underwear.
The nine-month-old stray, a new resident of Battersea Dogs Home, has amazed his keepers by digesting three pairs of pants - including a rather risque black thong.
Vets were astounded when Barney deposited the first piece of lingerie during a stroll in the park on his second day at the home - having swallowed it whole and passed it through his digestive system completely intact.
Sam Barley, a veterinary surgeon at Battersea, said: "Who knows how Barney came to swallow so many pairs of pants. It will remain his secret but this little puppy is clearly a bit of a scavenger and we'll be advising his new owners to keep him well away from the laundry basket and the washing line".
"They don't ask for much", says television presenter Paul O'Grady. "Just to be fed and to be given a little bit of affection. And they give you so much more in return."
Paul was at his second residence - Battersea Dogs' Home. Every time he goes there he has to be restrained from taking some of the dogs away with him. Today, Paul was backing a pledge by a pet food company to feed all the dogs there free of charge.
The gift of one million meals by Pedigree will allow more money to be spent on drugs to treat neglected dogs suffering from malnutrition and related ilnesses, according to the home. Increasing numbers of pets are being abandioned because their owners can't afford to feed them or pay vets' bills.
The recession, says Paul O'Grady is hitting dogs too. He is one of the nation's best known celebrity pet owners. and tonight at six o'clock he tells us just how many different species share his home.
Homeless dogs at Battersea helped launch a government investigation into loopholes in existing laws controlling dangerous dogs.
MPs of all parties are carrying out inquiries into the menace of dangerous dogs bred for fighting or bought as status symbols.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home backs the move, saying that tougher controls are needed over dog ownership. The Home has to give shelter to dogs dumped by irresponsible owners and then try to rehome them.