The first Friday the 13th of every year is known as Blame Someone Else Day. This event is attributed to a an American woman called Anne Moeller whose alarm clock failed to go off on the first Friday the 13th in 1982, setting off a series of unfortunate events for which she blamed other people. Perhaps it’s a slightly silly day but as pet owners I’m sure there’s been the odd occasion where we’ve blamed our four-legged friends for something we’ve done. We asked Animal Friends staff what they had let their pets take the rap for and this is what they had to confess.
“Once I ate an apple pie which my mum was saving. I told her the cat had knocked it onto the floor and I’d had to throw it away!”
“It’s a bit of a cliché but I really did try and claim that my dog had eaten my homework. Needless to say I didn’t get away with it.”
“I got given a really, really ugly cardigan one Christmas which my mum was always insisting that I wear. I got so sick of it that I wore it to the stables and deliberately ripped it beyond repair on some barbed wire. When I got home I told my mum that my horse, Louie, had nudged me into a hedge, destroying the cardigan.”
“I broke the door off one of my grandma’s antique cabinets after tripping over it. I told her the dog ran into it and she believed me. Poor Rex was in her bad books for weeks.”
“A few years ago I decided to host my first dinner party and the mozzarella tart starters were a total disaster – burnt doesn’t cover it! I ended up running out to buy pre-made nibbles at the last minute and telling my guests that the cat had stolen the cheese. I think the burning smell might have given me away, though.”
“I was supposed to go to a wedding, but it was going to be outdoors, in the winter! On the day I simply couldn’t be bothered, so I called them and said that I couldn’t go because my horse was sick. I felt a bit bad when they sent him a ‘get well soon’ card from their honeymoon!”