Karen B. London
Print|Email|Text Size: ||
“My Dog Ate My Masters Tickets!”
It’s not just about homework anymore

Russ Berkman was excited when he won four tickets to the Masters golf tournament. Even after his dog Sierra ate them, he was determined to go. The good news is that the Augusta National Golf Club reprinted his tickets and he was able to pick them up once he arrived in Georgia. The bad news is that in order to recover the tickets, Berkman induced Sierra to vomit. He got back about 70 percent of the tickets, and was able to piece together and photograph the 20-vomit-covered pieces well enough to explain his situation and convince officials that his story was true.

I have sympathy for Berkman, who found himself in a bad spot. Honestly, who among us has not, at least once, had a dog who ate something of great value that we really wanted to get back? Yet forcing a dog to vomit if the dog’s health is not at stake is questionable.

What do you think about it?


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

More From The Bark

Karen B. London
Karen B. London
Karen B. London
More in Karen B. London:
Helping Fearful Dogs Handle Visitors
Dogs in Obituaries
Runaway Dogs
Confrontations with Coyotes
See the Dog, Not the Story
Socialization Outside the Household
A Dog Named Glacier
Your Dog’s Look
New Dog Photo Shoot
Too Much for a Young Puppy