You know the Skippyjon Jones series about the Siamese Cat who thinks he is a Chihuahua? My dog, Olive, has the opposite problem. She is a playful pug who thinks she is a cat.
She walks the back of the couch and sits on windowsills.
She purrs as she sleeps in a ball at your feet.
And her newest party trick is to jump on the kitchen table.
That’s where her similarities with a cat ends and her likeness to a tiger shark begins.
Because, instead of just walking the table, exploring the water glasses and food, she binges.
Got a cup of coffee? She’ll drink it. Kids eating chicken fingers for dinner? Not anymore, she ate them, too.
Here, she sneaks up on my 3 year old’s bowl of cereal when he hopped up from the table to use the bathroom.
The whole “dog has gotten into XYZ” has really become a problem…a more expensive problem that we ever imagined it would be.
On Friday, Olive was not acting like herself. She had been vomiting throughout the night and wouldn’t eat the next morning. Given this dog will eat anything from underwear to deer poop, we knew there had to be a problem.
We took her to the vet and when they x-rayed her, they found this:
Over the years, Olive has eaten diapers, trash, underwear, LEGOs, the legs to Little Guy’s favorite minifigure, countless toys, gum, and many other items – but this nectarine pit (and the rubber bands from toy packaging they found with it) – well, it would not pass.
So, my Tiger Shark of a dog, the canine trash compactor of my household, needed a $6000 surgery to remove it.
Most expensive nectarine ever.
Olive is home and recovering well. But now the plan is for even better dog-proofing our already very secure house.
Has your dog ever eaten anything they shouldn’t have?