People attempting to imitate socialite, millionairess and Internet sensation Paris Hilton by carrying their dog around with them in their handbag could be doing the dog more harm than good. The demand for so called “handbag dogs” has increased of late, largely due to Paris Hilton, along with the misconception that the dogs need very little looking after.
This was seen with Chihuahua Camilla, who has been rescued by an animal sanctuary in Edenfield, Bury, Greater Manchester. The manager of the Bleakholt animal sanctuary, Neil Martin, hit out at this latest trend concerning small dogs and said:
“Camilla has been a designer pet and carried around in a handbag like you often see stars such as Paris Hilton doing. She has been treated like a fashion accessory then dumped because her owners couldn’t be bothered to help her.”
“Dogs are not meant to be carried around in a bag and do not learn to socialise if they are always hemmed in. Camilla is suffering from some sort of allergy which is causing her to lose her fur but we will get to the bottom of it and fix it.”
“Camilla is aggressive, but she couldn’t hurt a fly as she is so small but that behaviour has all come from been carried in a bag. We are now going to get her health sorted then work on her social behaviour.”
Experts are warning dog owners that, by continuing this ludicrous fashion craze, there could be hugely expensive vet bills to pay out for due to the ill health of the dogs involved. Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog in the world and, if looked after properly, can have a life expectancy of 14-18 years.