Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust Dogs Choose Their Own Christmas Toy in Adorable Video

Santa has come early to all the furry residents spending Christmas in our care while dreaming of finding their forever homes in 2023.

Our supporters generously donated hundreds of toys which Santa Paws and his elves kindly lined up for the dogs in our rehoming centre in Finglas, Dublin. Each dog was allowed in, one at a time and using methods known only to themselves, selected a toy to take back to their kennel.

Some dogs were straight in, immediately selecting their toy with an admirable decisiveness, while others were far more selective, sniffing, testing and picking up multiple toys before making that important final decision.

While we can marvel at how each dog chooses only one toy in the wholesome and uplifting video, a Collie cross called Queenie decided one toy was simply not enough for her in an hilarious escapade, somehow managing to play with multiple toys at once.

As many of the dogs featured in the video are nervous of unfamiliar people, we believe selecting a toy brings out their true personalities and allows potential adopters to see the ‘real them’ which may take a few months to emerge in a new home.  

Last year’s video was shared worldwide and viewed over 20 million times on the charity’s social media platforms so, we're hoping it will be a similar success this year and helps find each dog the loving adopters they deserve, so they can spend next Christmas with a family of their own.

As we receive no government funding and rely solely on the generosity of our supporters, you can donate via to help us continue our life saving work and to care for as many dogs as possible, all around Ireland.