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What’s the craziest thing your dog has ever eaten?
Play ball or eat ball?

Labs are notorious for eating things they shouldn't. Recently, a black Lab named Bracken developed a slight cough and his owner, John Grant, brought him to the vet. An X-ray revealed a deflated football lodged in his stomach. Grant, who is 70 years old, didn't recognize the football and has no idea where Bracken found it. Surgery went well and Bracken has since recovered.

This reminds me of the time I came home to find my Dalmatian, Darby, shivering uncontrollably and a ripped up cardboard box that said “hot dogs” on the floor. Unbeknownst to me, my dad had stopped by to give me a box of 100 frozen hot dogs left over from a party. Since I wasn’t home, he put the box on the kitchen counter and popped two hot dogs into the microwave to dole out to his excited granddogs.

But before he could pass out the meaty treats, he was distracted by a phone call and left. And, not being a dog owner himself, he forgot the box of 98 frozen hot dogs on the counter. My dogs are well trained, but c’mon!

By the time I figured out what had happened, there was only one thing to do: induce vomiting in all five dogs. I soon saw why Darby had been shivering. It wasn’t because of the winter cold. It was because she had ingested 98 frozen hot dogs! None of the other dogs had touched them. Thankfully, she was okay and my dad learned a valuable lesson.

What’s the weirdest thing your dog has ever eaten? Any tips to keep your dog from scavenging?


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by Lisa Wogan | March 31 2010 |

That's too funny--although it could have been quite the opposite. My dogs have eaten the regular stuff--powdered sipping chocolate (uh-oh), a box of unattended dog biscuits, and a sandwich right out of my distracted nephew's hand. I wanted to mention Dr. John Geller's story for TheBark.com about the dog that ate a rubber ducky--complete with an x-ray.

Submitted by Sandi K | March 31 2010 |

The rule for preventing scavenging is eternal vigilance. We had a Brittany who energetically atomized any dirty laundry left around, and any interesting new object that entered the house--and NEVER touched the furniture etc which was always around. we learned to consider carefully before we put anything new down--if he showed the slightest interest the object went on top of the refrigerator.
It takes faithfulness and discipline to keep dogs safe and none of us is perfect--just keep trying. Who thought that getting a puppy would train you to keep your house picked up!?!

Submitted by Karen R | March 31 2010 |

how about a 9 volt battery, the remote control for the TV and a disposable razor (grabbed of the side of the bathtub)to name just a few. My dog suffered from a condition called "Pica". Pica is the term used to describe the craving and ingestion of nonfood items. This condition was only a symptom of the real problem inflammatory bowel disease. Once our vet pinpointed the real cause and treated it the pica went away. It was a long and expensive process but Joey (my german shepard/collie mix) lived to be 17 years old.

Submitted by Virginia | April 1 2010 |

My shepherd/golden/chow mix ate a bottle cap shortly after we adopted him (removed through surgery), and some pennies. But my favorite was a magnetic poetry word, which he threw up. The word? "Shimmer."

Submitted by Natalie | April 5 2010 |

I've heard other dogs do this - but my boxer likes to, er, "snack" from the cat's litter box...

Submitted by Anonymous | April 11 2010 |

We have a 2 1/2 Brittany who also has an extremely high curiousity about new things on the counter. Most recently he grabbed a brand new SOS pad and ran while I was doing the dishes. It was not even wet . . . but must have felt like a mini frisbee. The more I urged him to "leave it" the more he would run. Finally with one swell swoop, Lucie swolled the whole SOS Pad. To say the least the clean up was well over $400.00! Luc now has time out during clean up time.

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