a dog is for life, not just for Christmas

The slogan of the UK’s National Canine Defence League, introduced in 1978 with the intention of dissuading people from giving puppies as Christmas presents. Widely quoted in its original form, it has also spawned any number of humorous by-forms.

1998 R. RAY Certain Age 344 A tree is for life, not just for decorating with small shiny objects.

1999 Jewish Chronicle 30 July 42 And remember, a pet is for life, not just for Rosh Hashanah.

2001 Country Life 29 Nov. 96 (advertisement) A Billiard table is for life not just for Christmas.


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