By Annelie Becher
Dogs are always good for a few surprises.
Consider for example a small dog that belongs to a jeweler. The jeweler takes the dog to his shop every day where the dog sits patiently on the counter while his master works.
One day the jeweler inspected a couple of diamond rings, which he left on the counter when he left the room. When he came back, the valuable rings were gone Nobody could have entered his shop without him noticing it because of the bells on the door.
With the diamonds gone and his little dog the only living being in the shop, the jeweler concluded that his little friend must have had something to do with the disappearance of the valuables.
The vet finally answered his question by taking an X-ray of the pooch, finding the diamond rings inside him.
It was a blessing for the dog that the diamonds came out again the natural way.
Seeing this on TV the other day I thought you might be entertained, but there is a serious message hiding behind the humor.
The lesson: Dogs cannot be trusted NOT to gobble up and swallow things that are bad for them.
A few years back one of my dogs needed to have an X-ray taken and the picture revealed that she had a needle inside her gut. Can you imagine my horror? Luckily the needle passed through without causing any harm.
There are dogs who develop a habit of swallowing stones that then have to be removed by surgery – and believe it or not they keep doing it – nobody knows why they do it or how to stop them.
Because prevention is always the best cure we need to discourage our pooches from picking up stones and must never throw stones for them to pick up. Stones and dogs are simply not a good match since stones also can damage a dog’s teeth.
Annelie Becher is a registered psychologist, trainer and author who specializes in helping dogs and their owners get along better.