Saturday, 3 November 2012

Transit times


Yoghurt pot has two lids. 






Remove both, carefully.

The inner lid is plastic too. If dropped accidentally on the floor, a greed-crazed black labrador could swoop on it, and in a millisecond, swallow it whole.


(Not this particular lid, obviously. Another one, similarly indigestible.)

Slack owner, used to black labradors who eat garbage, fails to worry about this, and then forgets all about it. 

In the days that follow, dreadful labrador stomach turmoil is blamed on blackberries and windfall apples that litter the road. But no.....

Guess how long it would take for that plastic yoghurt pot lid to reappear (unscathed)?

A whole week.

I will spare you the details, but it was perfectly recognisable.

Now guess how much of a lesson black labrador learned from this week of dreadful stomach turmoil?

Exactly. Nothing at all. Next yoghurt pot that was opened, there she was, sitting expectantly, hoping for a (ahem) re-run. Slack owner has learned lesson though, and removes and discards plastic lid with extra care....

19 comments:

Lucille said...

Yeo! Rachel! (Yogurts - geddit?)

Sue said...

I love Flossie. She makes me glad I don't have a dog though.

rusty duck said...

Umbrella handles take their time too. Just so you know..

Bow Street Flowers said...

Labs rule.

John said...

You could write a scientific paper on this for a veterinary journal. Is there nothing that dog won't eat?

John said...

P.S. This might interest the yogurt company, to know their lid can emerge intact after one week in a dog's alimentary canal. Flossie could become famous!

rachel said...

John: no. She eats everything and anything. Period.

annie hoff said...

I always lick those - I shall to be extra careful in future not to swallow the lid!

the veg artist said...

You could probably also write a feature on cleaning up after dogs who have eaten such things!

Amy McPherson Sirk said...

I had to laugh out loud. I can't tell you how many times the kids, cats, dogs, or goats ingested something that came out in the same condition it went in.

Noelle the dreamer said...

Oh Flossie! Outch!!!
Whomever 'John' is, he's got a point Rachel!
Bit of a goat in you Flossie perhaps?
Hugs, you are still beautiful!
A big hello to all,

Maggie Christie said...

What a star! A whole lid and no expensive trip to the vet. I'm in awe of Flossie's alimentary capabilities (but also glad I didn't have to deal with it!)

jabblog said...

I hope Flossie is better now - no point in hoping she's learnt her lesson.
I recognise this scenario. Our first Labrador used to chew up her woven leather collars which would reappear weeks later completely undigested. (Where did she keep them?) Similarly, water chestnuts were consumed with great delight and regurgitated a few days later, perfectly recognisable, and apparently reusable. These things never caused gastric upsets but the rat poison she ingested nearly killed her. My husband got up every three hours to feed her teaspoons of bland food until she recovered. Our vet was amazed.
At the weekend Labrador Jenna broke into our granddaughter's sealed stack of chocolate biscuits and ate the lot (25) She was fine. The Labrador boys, on the other hand, are not at all greedy.

lovethosecupcakes said...

Reminds me of the Dalmatian we had before Boo who also used to swallow anything and everything. He once sicked up a pair of rolled up children's gloves. To this day we have no idea where he got them.

flwrjane said...

Nika sens an "Oh Yeah' along to Flossie.

xo jane

Val , Kate, The Cute Kitten ,Razzy, Kepsey,Darwin ,Charon and Echo. said...

Oh My Lordy..you have my sympathy

Planet Penny said...

Oh crumbs... A recognisable scenario. Our Lurcher raided the presents under the tree and found our personalised mugs filled with Quality Street, all 5 of them. For the next week anyone walking him had the pleasure of Christmas poos, all sparkly with colourful and indigestible tinfoil. What a good thing the cocoa content is so low in Quality Street!

hasenschneck said...

You may not wish to read on... I had a 'wonderful' episode with one of my cats, who ate some not quite well enough discarded knitting wool recently, then trailed poo around the house after him, which I stepped in with bare feet when I got out of bed. Lesson most definitely learned. For me, of course.

Dragonfly Dreams said...

Oh my, poor Flossie! I just adopted a rescue black lab six weeks ago....is this what I get to look forward to?

Oh my.....

(Glad FLossie is feeling better!)

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