By Dan Coles
These dog owners came home to a nasty surprise when their two pet dogs had destroyed their fifth sofa in as many years.
Alannah Horscroft, 24, and husband Lee, have forked out thousands on new sofas for their home in Braintree, Essex, after their pooches Ziggy and Honey left them in tatters.
The couple have even caught the clean up from one destruction on camera – as thousands of feathers were left littering their living room after the pair of mischievous pooches tore up the sofa covers.
The couple, who are expecting their first child next month, now refuse to buy new sofas, and get them all second hand – knowing the troublesome twosome could strike again at any moment.
Alannah said: “The first sofa was replaced in early 2016 due to being so scuffed and having a rip in from their claws, the second sofa was the same, third sofa was the feather one and they clawed it to bits, the forth sofa was only a temporary one which had the same end as the others and now we’re on out fifth.
“We have to get a new sofas at least once a year, and this has been going on for five years now.
“I can’t tell them off because they’re so adorable, but by now they know what they’re doing, and they know its naughty, but they never seem to
“I got Ziggy in 2013 when he was a puppy and Honey shortly after in 2015.
Ziggy and Honey destroyed the first sofa in 2016, after clawing it to bits whilst the couple were out of the house.
Alannah said: “The worst one was when they ate a duck feather sofa.
“We had only been out of the house for a couple of hours.
“It was like a bomb had just exploded, or 15 ducks just had a wrestling match in my house, the duck feathers almost made a new rug across the
“When we went to find the dogs they were hiding upstairs under the bed, where they frequently end up after one of their messy episodes.
“At the time we did not see the funny side, the feathers were everywhere and sweeping them all up took hours – not to mention the week after
having to go and buy a new sofa.
“My bed is on legs, when I went to find them they crawled out from their hiding place and rolled on to their backs, looking sorry for themselves –
when they do that it’s impossible to be mad at them.
“My ‘comedian’ husband played his role as well, once I had it all swept up he threw a pillow in the middle of them and they scattered across the
“It was a nightmare clean up, but it isn’t the first time this has happened, we’ve bought a new sofa every year for the last five years.
“We don’t even by the sofas brand new anymore, because we know their life expectancy is about twelve seconds.”
She added: “They’re lovely dogs, if a little troublesome sometimes, but they don’t mean to do it, they just seem to have a yearly wrestling match and unfortunately the sofa is their biggest enemy.
“I remember once when I bought a really expensive rug and Honey decided one day that it was a toilette, just another reason why we don’t always by brand new furniture anymore!
“What’s done is done, and they’re a part of the family, it’s just annoying because we can’t exactly ground them, it’s not like having
“We wouldn’t change them for anything, they’re such funny dogs, so when all is said and done, it’s not a big deal.
“We’ll just have to wait and see how long this sofa lasts.”