What is the craziest thing your golden retriever has eaten?

I can think of a few things that Tucker has destroyed that I just couldn’t figure out WHY!??  My bottle of thyroid medication (which resulted in an overnight stay at the vet), my daughter’s contact lenses, and the “only certain parts” of underwear.  (some of you may know what I mean here…what the heck is THAT all about?)

I wanted to share a post from fellow blogger at Justsomedish, called “Sh*t my dog eats“:

“I have a 15 month old English Golden Retriever named Bodhe. He is my My Boo Bear, my Monster, also known as “Hey A$$hole” (my husband’s usual choice), or the Furry Garbage Can. He is my little Prince Joffrey, if you will.* He is our pride and joy and our weapon of mass destruction. My boy has a special talent of destroying the evidence of his kills by ingesting it. All of it.

This includes the squeaker, the stuffing,  the thread, the buttons, and even the fuzzy outer shell. My house is a virtual graveyard of dog toys from Christmas’ past.  

“This toy is a 10 on the dog-proof toy scale!”

“Oh really?” I say to the apparent heir to Cesar Milan’s dynasty at my local pet supply, “Because the last indestructible toy was drawn, quartered and gutted in the time it took me to throw out the packaging!”

Yeah, so until the thing is actually Honey Badger proof, I am going to stick with the rope toy from Target’s dollar bin.

Bodhe is a medieval master of dismemberment, and it truly is a site to behold. Unlike my little Eskimo dog Tahoe, he has no strategy or finesse. Tahoe is the surgeon and Bodhe, the savage.  He tears at his prey with the same tenacity of a kid opening the biggest present under the Christmas Tree. All while happily swallowing the evidence only to show up 24 hours later in the front yard as poop art.

List of conquests:

  1. Two dog beds- and one hanging on for dear life by duct tape.
  2. Tuffy Dog (a #9 out of 10 on the indestructible scale) shark, and Ring. Both were destroyed within one hour.
  3. Single-doggedly committed  a genocide of the menagerie of plush toys, including all of Tahoe’s.
  4. 3 hair clips and countless hair ties
  5. A kitchen “chip clip” which was discovered as a large chunk of bright blue plastic in his poop art.
  6. 2 refrigerator magnets (what kind of creature actually eats magnets anyway?)
  7. A battery…yes, A BATTERY!
  8. An ink pen
  9. Book of matches (this morning’s conquest while I took a 3 min shower)
  10. One tube of Blistex, two Zambeezi lip balms and a $15 tube of Muriad lip gloss
  11. A partially identified beloved Christmas ornament
  12. Two welcome mats and the underside of the living room rug
  13. What can only be described as ” The entire bulb of garlic incident”.
  14. A Keirig K Cup of Medium roast coffee followed by the longest night of our lives.
  15. A kitchen corner full of spackling compound to replace the original corner that he ate in the first place)
  16. An entire roll of toilet paper
  17. Cement-like mud that had to be hand scraped off the roof of his mouth while on a hike.
  18. All the leaves that fell of our 2 front yard trees this fall…and I mean every single one of them.
  19. Various important shopping receipts and the reason I still possess a really stinky lotion from Bath & Body Works.
  20. A pair of apple ear buds
  21. Approximately 10 – 40 pairs of socks. Is there a blood test to detect toxic levels of cotton available?But who’s counting right?He is never to be trusted. Ever. He spends any unsupervised time in a fortress of metal with two locks to contain his thirst for search and destroy missions. Our game plan to avoid these ingestions includes a daily full security sweep of the house for any suspicious items that would make the secret service look like Keystone Cops. Somehow he always finds a nugget either in the form of a discarded cotton swab or paper clip.My hope is that one day he will outgrow this obsession and get a hobby like vacuuming (is there a scholarship out there for ultimate fetch?) In the mean time, I would suggest buying stock in a Gold Toe brand socks because I’m predicting a major spike in sales this second quarter.hey-bodhe

* this will make total sense to any Game of Thrones fan.”

End of blog post….

Photo:  Rumpy Pumpy - Lisa Vanderpump

Photo: Rumpy Pumpy – Lisa Vanderpump

What is the strangest, or most costly thing your dog/dogs have destroyed?

Golden Retriever Suffers Superbowl Injuries

MINEAPOLIS, MI – Logan, a 9 year old golden retriever, had a very close call this past Superbowl Sunday.  Logan’s owner Jerry Hudy explained to Kare 11 News that some children at their Superbowl party left a plate of chicken wings unattended on a chair.  Later that night Logan began vomiting, and in the morning his abdomen was swollen and he was acting very lethargic.


The Hudy’s rushed Logan to their vet for x-rays.  He was referred to Blue Pearl Veterinary  Partners, who confirmed Logan was suffering from GDV – gastric dilatation volvulus, (aka twisted stomach, or “bloat”).  They removed a rock, the chicken bones, and even the remains of a football!


Logan’s Dr, Heather Hadley stressed that it is very important to treat this early, as it can often result in death.  She advises to contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice strange behavior in your pet.

Logan seemed to be doing just fine at his follow up appointment, and was on the road to a full recovery.

Full story with video:

Dog survives ill-advised Superbowl Buffet – Kare 11 News

Golden Retriever Eats $500 – What happens next?

Thanks to Two Dog Tales for bringing this story to my attention.

When Wayne Klinkel and his wife took a road trip this Christmas, they made a very expensive mistake.

Eliza Wiley/Independent Record

Eliza Wiley/Independent Record

They left their golden retriever, Sundance, in the car with 5 $100 dollar bills only to return to find the remains.  (Sundance wasn’t interested in the $1 bill!)

Sundance is notorious for eating anything and everything, so right away I knew what happened,” Klinkel said.

The Helena Independent Record reports that Klinkel followed his dog around with rubber gloves for the remainder of the trip.  After salvaging and cleaning up the bills, he plans to return them to The Department of the Treasury to be reimbursed.

Golden Retriever Left To Starve – Eats Her Own Tail

Mason City, Iowa  – The Humane Society of North Iowa has saved the day for Goldie, who is described as ” a seven- year-old female Golden Retriever with a survivalist instinct, a forgiving spirit and a heart of pure gold” by HSNI  executive director Sybil Soukup.


Goldie was left outside in a kennel for 3 weeks with no food and little water with seven other dogs after their owner had been evicted. They were discovered by the landlord of the property, severely malnourished. Goldie weighed a mere 46 lbs.  It appears she had chewed most of her tail off in order to survive.

Due to the dogs age and condition, the landlord was going to take the dog to the veterinarian to be euthanized.

The landlord made a last minute decision and contacted the HSNI and they advised they had resources to help the dog.  Goldie has had surgery on her tail and is gaining weight.

All other dogs found at the home have been adopted, but Goldie awaits a forever home.


Goldie – HSNI

To visit Goldie’s adoption page, click here.