Mischievous Dog Eats Through Front Door

There are no doors, windows or gates to hold back this dog. Poppy ate her way through the front door.

When we come home after a log day at work we pet owners love to be greeted by our four-legged friends at the door, but how would you react if you came home, and before even taking your keys out, you saw your dog’s head sticking out through the front door? Thirty-five-year-old Ceri Anne Lewis Hall from Newport, Wales, was shocked to see her dog’s head coming out through her closed and locked front door. Poppy’s excited and welcoming face was visible right from the sidewalk.

Photo credit: Ceri Anne Lewis Hall
Photo credit: Ceri Anne Lewis Hall


The two-year-old German shepherd and Old English Sheepdog mix is lovingly called by her owner ‘Poppy The Destroyer.’ It seems there’s nothing that can hold her down. She’s like Houdini and can open locked doors, jump over baby gates, take off window screens, destroy cat door flaps, and her latest – eat through door mail slots, making large openings to stick her head through.

“She’d basically ripped off the entire letter box and had eaten her way through the front door,” Lewis Hall told the Wales Online. “Her head was just poking out staring at me. She had a really excited look on her face like ‘look mam, look what I’ve done.’

The pet owner had gone shopping after dropping off her youngest child at daycare and was looking forward to a relaxing day. Yet the plans to sit back and relax were out the door as soon as the woman realized the costly damage the pooch made.


James Davies Photography
James Davies Photography


“Coming home and seeing your dog hanging through your front door is just surreal,” said the surprised owner. “I can laugh about it now but at the time I was in shock. The first thing I thought was ‘oh my God I’ve been burgled.'”

There’s nothing to be done now, and all the woman can do is replace the door, which will set her back financially.

Lewis Hall was in the Territorial Army for 12 years and suffers from alopecia, a problem with the immune system which can often be related to stress. Even though Poppy and her path of destruction can cause lots of stress, the amount of love and laughter she gives her owner is immeasurable.

There is an online fundraiser set up to help cover the costs of a new door and alleviate the economic stress this last stunt is costing the pet owner. Any additional funds will be donated to Woofles, an animal rescue in Tredegar.

If you would like to help not only this family but other pets in need, consider making a donation.

162 thoughts on “Mischievous Dog Eats Through Front Door

  1. So sad that most pets have anxiety some so severe but it goes unnoticed or people just don’t care! Pets who have anxiety need help.

  2. Lacie ate through the bathroom wall one night when she was a pup. Headed straight for the kitchen trash which is where I found her in the morning. She also turned the waterline to the toilet into a shower, but that’s another story

  3. Danny ate a hole out through the laundry door as a puppy- the same day he also took the U-bend off the outside toilet and chewed it up. He was and still is my naughtiest dog- my poor neighbours, sometimes he jumps the colorbond fences, steals their rubbish and brings it home :/

  4. What’s the Caution Dogs running Free sticker on window? How many Dogs do these people have in this house? Poor dog probably wanted to escape anyway he could

  5. This poor dog likely suffers from severe separation anxiety. To everyone who posted saying that their dog displays similar behavior, please talk to your vet about getting help.

  6. Never mind the negativity! People are n fact ignoramus boors! Having said that, I would kiss her whole head before I opened the door! Then I would measure the hole and have a flap fitted so my princess could look out whenever she wanted!

  7. It looks funny, but I’d still be concerned not only that my dog would scape, but eating something that might get stuck in his intestine.

  8. Certainly a problem there, if left alone for long periods with no exercise, expect a demolished home.
    Dogs are pack animals, and you are the pack, they do not like being left alone without their leader.

  9. That sounds just like one of my current foster dogs. I have a pit type dog who is a rescue from Clayton County Animal Control and he has horrible separation anxiety. I got him a heavy duty crate/kennel and thought it would hold him. Nope he managed to bend the metal rods that were as thick as my finger, push his way through and shred the door of the room he was in…all in the one hour I was gone.

  10. Thankfully my two munchkins do not destroy anything and never has. With that being said…got a yorkipoo and that little one chewed everything she could up! End tables, computer cords, shoes, my pjs while she slept with me, my purse! Smh.

  11. Mine was home alone once for an hour. He had free run of a bedroom and utility room, but chewed his way into the kitchen thru a door.

  12. I’m wondering what kind of exterior door it was that a dog could chew/scratch through it in a day? Most exterior doors are solid core slabs right? Either wood or a wood composite core with an aluminum laminate on top that would be impossible for a dog to get through you’d think. Kinda crazy. My dogs sitting in front of my door. Solid 2.5″ slab….good luck chewing through that. Lol!

  13. Would suggest any additional money raised goes towards a dog behaviourist or similar. Sounds like Poppy has some separation anxiety that needs to be dealt with. X

  14. that is like my lemon beagle breaking into my room during a thunderstorm and then shattered my accordion closet doors and getting her head stuck. I woke up to this kind of image and just pulled the comforter back over my head like ‘screw work, this cannot be a good day’

  15. How about just train the dog to be able staying home alone?
    Took us a year with our girl, but she then managed to stay home alone for 5 hours, with a second dog even longer. Before that she almost dug through a solid wood door.

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