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How Many Undies Can You Eat At One Time?

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   14 Comments | Posted in dogs · Observations From the Tub

Today’s Observations From the Tub takes a look at one overachieving Black Labrador named Tiki who developed a stomach mass. The doctor ultimately removed 70+ non-food items (including 8 pairs of his master’s undies and 62 hair bands) from the 8-year-old pooch’s belly. Here’s the video:

Seeing this video reminded me of our Golden Retriever, Riley, who had a similar surgery. The surgeon who cared for Riley said it was like opening up a Great White shark. He found 2-1/2 yards of string, parts of Barbie dolls, GI Joes, barrettes, bobby pins, nickels, dimes, pennies, and pen caps—and those are just the things I can remember. Everything probably would’ve passed right through except for the string, which balled up and gummed up the works. I’d like to tell you that Riley learned his lesson, but he didn’t. In subsequent years he ate, among other things, my jewelry (I donned rubber gloves and followed him around the back yard, all to no avail), a whole pack of BIC pens, and an entire gingerbread house (he had a partner in crime with that one—our Samoyed, Tasha). Day-Glo Crayons ranked among his favorite non-food items, which resulted in quite the colorful back yard, let me tell you. Lord knows what he ate that we never knew about. That dog had a cast iron stomach. But look how happy he was!

Playtime cannot be overrated people!

Riley: Playtime cannot be overrated people!

Do you have a dog? What weird things has your fur-baby chowed down on? Do you have other types of animals with similar bad habits?

See you Monday for Pawsitive Pondering!



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14 Responses to "How Many Undies Can You Eat At One Time?"

  1. Comment by Rob
    July 17, 2015 at 9:29 am  

    Touch ate a stick that didn’t make a full exit, which I had to pull the rest of the way out–without the aid of rubber gloves.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm  

      You’ve just proven, beyond any doubt, how much you love your dog. 🙂

  2. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    July 17, 2015 at 10:51 am  

    I don’t think Buttons has any really unusual tastes but we can’t give him any kind of soft dog toy. He immediately chomps down on them with his back teeth and starts chewing through whatever material it is; even the tough nylon stuff that supposed to be dog proof. I love the video and the picture of your dog. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm  

      Our Penny, a black Lab mix, is like Buttons. No matter what the toy is made of, she’ll have a hole in it within ten or fifteen minutes. She doesn’t use her back teeth, though. She nibbles with her front teeth.

      The Golden Retriever is Riley. He was our boy when the kids were young, and we lost him at 14. He was a great dog.

  3. Comment by Casey Hagen
    July 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm  

    Sounds like a dog that needs to be on “My Strange Addiction” 😀

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 17, 2015 at 6:18 pm  

      Haha…probably so. 🙂

  4. Comment by Tammy
    July 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm  

    First, let me just say that has to be one of the most ingeniously eye-catching headlines I’ve ever read. And poor Riley. Poor you! And poor Barbies and GI Joes missing all of their parts. I had a dog once that ate a disposable razor. The emergency vet didn’t believe me because there were no cuts on him anywhere. He later barfed up mangled razor parts and still no cuts. It was truly a miracle!

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 17, 2015 at 6:20 pm  

    Riley’s scariest nosh was a C-cell battery, of all things. But the old boy never even blinked.

  6. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    July 17, 2015 at 10:10 pm  

    I had a dog who ate oranges and a cat who loved the pimentos from green olives. The dog also ate her own leash which also needed a bit of help exiting.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 20, 2015 at 5:45 am  

      Wow. Haha…the leash sort of makes sense, in a weird way. But the other stuff—gotta love our pets! Riley, pictured above, loved ice cubes. Went nuts for them.

  7. Comment by Susan Mayer Davis (Susie Q)-+
    July 17, 2015 at 10:27 pm  

    Our crazy cocker spaniel, Muffin, ate a whole Poinsettia, which are supposed to be poisonous to dogs. He didn’t even get sick. Our yellow lab, Angel, liked to eat those little knee length nylons I’d wear under slacks – they acted as a net to catch other things exiting her body, such as crayons, and my husband had to help her pass them on more than one occasion. She also would get in the trash and eat the contents of plastic sandwich or chip bags that had leftovers in them. The food would apparently digest, but almost whole plastic sandwich bags would litter our yard or get stuck on the journey and require help. She would eat just about anything.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 20, 2015 at 5:50 am  

      Oh,my goodness, Sue. I think Muffin has Riley beat. lol And your question is valid: How did the owner not notice the deficit!?

  8. Comment by Donna Volkenannt
    July 18, 2015 at 9:18 am  

    Talk about a headline grabber. After reading the post I wondered how the dog’s master didn’t miss all that underwear.

    Our dog Harley is a black Lab who loves to hunt and eat. He goes off and brings home deer hooves and has been known to corner a skunk and come home needing a bath in tomato juice. His most embarrassing catch was the time he caught a rabbit and brought it home (through his doggie door) and laid it at the feet of the real estate appraiser when we were refinancing our house. Oh, and he has chewed his way through a bedroom wall three times. But we still love him!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 20, 2015 at 5:47 am  

      That’s hilarious! I’d love to have seen the look on the appraiser’s face. That sounds like a scene right out of a TV sit-com, Donna. 🙂

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