Saturday, August 11, 2012

Your Dog Ate What?

A couple of days ago I went to the thrift store to look for a new throw to put in Caitlin's crate because she had started pulling the stuffing out of the expensive pad that she had previously had.

$4.95 for a big grey and white heavyweight throw with a picture of wolves on it! Perfect!

Last night she woke me up at 3:00 a.m. whimpering to go out.

She wanted to walk, so we started off down the sidewalk, me barefoot in a short nightdress. After about half a block she suddenly stopped and did a huge poop that looked oddly grey in the moonlight.

I went back about 6:00 a.m. to pick it up. It was oddly grey.

I pulled her new throw out of the crate. One of the wolves was missing its face. No wonder she didn't eat her dinner last night!

I hadn't checked before because I hadn't seen any shreds of blanket. She never actually ate any of the things she had previously chewed--She'd just scattered shreds and stuffing all over the place.

Blankets don't actually make the top ten list of things that get eaten by dogs. Socks are the number one favorite snack, with underwear and pantyhose rounding out the top three.
http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/health/top-10-things-dogs-commonly-swallow

Here's the evidence that dogs will swallow almost anything:
This dog won a tug-of-war over the duck.
He went to the vet because he was seen swallowing a golf ball.
His owner wouldn't get off the phone!
http://www.probioticsmart.com/blog/16-weirdest-things-dogs-have-eaten/
http://www.petfinder.com/pet-care/banfield-strange-things-dogs-eat.html

Some of the things they eat are scary--knives and forks, for example, but one of the scariest things came as a surprise:
Even a tiny amount of Gorilla Glue can expand to the size of a basketball in the dog's stomach. The story in the first link is pretty graphic:
http://dogeatsgorillaglue.com/
http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/toxicology/qt/GorillaGlue.htm

Maybe I'll let Caitlin start sleeping on the bed again. The coverlet is already pretty well shredded, but at least she hasn't started eating it.