VIDEO: Now, if you love Christmas - and you love dogs - here's a warning. The two don't always go together! You see, Charlie the cross-breed Staffie got rather peckish recently - with rather unfortunate results. Andrew Pate has the story.
VIDEO: Charlie the Staffie swallowed more than a foot of Christmas lights and needed emergency surgery to remove the ball of wire from his stomach. The PDSA has issued a warning to owners to be aware of the hazards.
Charlie's owner Sharon Fay has spoken of her surprise that her dog decided to eat shoe laces and Christmas lights.
She said "I re-homed Charlie about a year ago, so I don’t know whether he used to do this type of thingwhen he was a puppy."
"Back in March he ate one of my scarves and needed an operation to remove it, but I thought it was just a one off incident as he hadn’t shown any signs that he was going to be a repeat offender!"
"I’ve had dogs all my life and have never known a dog act like this before - I’ll certainly be keeping an extra close eye on him from now on and have Charlie-proofed my house now!”
After Charlie the staffie cross swallowed more than a foot of christmas lights the PDSA has released a list of the top five most dangerous Christmas hazards for pets.
-Swallowing foreign bodies such as toys and decorations.
-Accidental poisoning through chocolate, raisins, artificial sweeteners, peanuts and other nuts, and batteries.
-Gastric torsion – twisted stomach often caused by vigorous exercise after a large meal.
-Hypothermia – low body temperature from exposure to cold weather.
-Accidental injury – pulling over the Christmas tree, slipping on ice, chewing on electric cables, treading on broken baubles.
Charlie the rescue dog is recovering at home in Southampton after he needed emergency surgery to remove a ball of Christmas fairy lights from his stomach.
His owner Sharon Faye took him to the PDSA Vets in Southampton after noticing bits of electric wire in his faeces.
Vets were able to retrieve a foot long section of christmas lights from Charlie where they also discovered a shoe lace.
Parents of children at Sutton Valance School in Maidstone had a musical surprise up their sleeves in a Christmas themed assembly.
Mums decided to turn the tables on their children and form a school choir of their own.
The vast majority of the 35 members of "Mumma Mia" said they couldn't sing and originally came along for bit of fun, but soon found choir practice to be the "highlight of their week".
30 Santas took to the waves off the Kent coast yesterday to promote the cleanliness of the water.
Joss Bay Surf School near Broadstairs organised to event, which followed a difficult summer for the beaches. Many were closed for several weeks because of a sewage spill from a pumping station.
Thirty Santa Clauses went surfing off the Kent coast yesterday to promote the cleanliness of the water.
Joss Bay Surf School near Broadstairs organised to event, which follows a difficult summer for local beaches.
Many were closed for several weeks because of a massive sewage spill from a pumping station, but the beaches have now been given a clean bill of health.
Could this be the oldest Christmas tree still in annual use? Bought by the Maley-Ward family in Herne Bay in 1962, it's made of wood, metal and plastic.
The country's senior bishops are set to tweet their Christmas Day sermons for the first time this year in a Christmas Tweet campaign.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams (@lambethpalace), the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (@johnsentamu) and Archbishop Designate Justin Welby (@bishopofdurham) will also be joined by congregations and clergy from across the Church of England (@cofe).
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, churchgoers in the 16,000 parishes of the Church of England are being encouraged to live tweet the joy and meaning of Christmas to the 10 million UK Twitter users.
The Rev Arun Arora (@RevArun), director of communications at the Archbishops' Council, said: "This is a brilliant opportunity for parishes to take the good news of the first Christmas out of churches and into people's lives and homes."
The campaign will use the hashtag #ChristmasStartsWithChrist, which goes live on Christmas Eve.