A mischievous Labrador puppy underwent emergency surgery Wednesday to remove $23,000 worth of bridal jewelry from her stomach.
Tulsa, Okla., resident Stephanie Lamb told FOX23 News that she had placed her diamond engagement ring and plain wedding band on her kitchen table for a moment. But when she looked to retrieve them, they were gone.
Lamb has two dogs, Tahoe and Sierra, but she knew exactly who the culprit was.
“I knew that it was Sierra because she’s just a little bit of a troublemaker. She’s kind of the instigator,” Lamb said.
X-rays clearly revealed that Sierra had, indeed, gobbled them down. The two rings were in her stomach and threatened to damage her intestines, according to Dr. Rodney Robards of Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital. He determined that waiting for the rings to pass naturally was too risky.
Instead, the doctor called for emergency surgery to remove the jewelry.
After the successful operation, the doctor joked that Sierra is more like a goat than a dog. In addition to extracting a diamond engagement ring and slightly squashed wedding band, he discovered a number of rocks, bones and sticks.
“She eats more than just rings, I’m afraid,” the doctor told FOX23 News.
Sierra will need only a few days to recover,” noted Dr. Robards. With her stomach cleared of all the foreign objects, she will be as good as new.
It seems as if dogs have an unusual fondness for eating fine jewelry.
In July of 2014, we wrote about Tucker, a 10-year-old Rottweiler mix from Stevens Point, Wis., who coughed up his owner’s long-lost engagement ring after gobbling a frozen Popsicle® treat, stick and all. Apparently, the Popsicle® stick dislodged the ring that had been stuck in his stomach for more than half his life.