Friday, June 12, 2015

The Most Expensive Rocks in the World


Ugh, you guys.  Another day, another Brady story.  This one is probably the worst one yet.

Lately he's had this thing with rocks.  He picks little ones up on our walks and he loves to grab big ones from our landscaping in the backyard and chew on them.  It's so weird.  We obviously try and get them out of his mouth ASAP when we see them but he's a sneaky man.  Just last week he threw up two pretty big ones in the middle of the night that he must have swallowed without us noticing.

So on Tuesday, we're eating dinner outside and we notice him pick up a rock, lay down, chew on it a few times, tilt his head back and swallow the thing whole.  All in about 30 seconds.  Immediately we yelled at him and blah blah and then he did it AGAIN!  So we broke out the hydrogen peroxide to bring those big rocks back up so we didn't have to deal with the middle of the night puke again.  It worked, he threw them up and we all went about our normal business.

Cue Wednesday at 4 am to him throwing up again.  Another rock.  And then again at 5:30 and 6:30 am.  I think it's finally out of his system so I feed him breakfast and when he only eats a few bites, I know he's not right.  Soon after, he projectile vomits his food across our living room (sorry, TMI) so I quickly call the vet and get him an appointment for that afternoon.  The puking goes on ALL DAY and when I realize he can't even keep down water without throwing up, I know something is probably pretty wrong.

We go into the vet and they do x-rays and sure enough, he still has FIVE rocks left in him.  Two are huge and were stuck in his intestines so immediately they put a catheter in him and send us over to the emergency animal hospital to do surgery.  Poor, poor pup and our poor (literally) bank account.

He came home late last night and is doing okay.  It's going to be a couple of weeks of recovery and I'm sure he'll be fine but seriously, I feel like the world's worst pet owner.  Between all of the socks, his teeth problems, and now this... it's sort of frustrating.  How in the world do I stop him from swallowing things?!?  This isn't normal, is it?

So, that's my Brady-saga for today.  All of the fingers crossed that I don't have anything else to report for a LONG TIME... and in the meantime, cheers to Friday.  Hope you all have a great weekend - we have our first wedding of the summer so it should be a fun one :)

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  1. Poor little guy! I don't know anything about dogs so I hope this is just a puppy phase that he'll soon be outgrowing. Sounds like he requires 24/7 watching and he's so sneaky. I never even realized puppies swallowed things. Hope he recovers quickly and the rest of your summer is uneventful.

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  2. Oh no! Poor Brady! I haven't heard of a dog doing this before but all pets have their quirks. My parents dogs like to find bubble gum on their walks and chew it. My dad then has to fish it out of their mouth. My cat has sweeping OCD. We'll wake up in the middle of the night to him in his litter room just sweeping at the floor over and over. Pets are strange but so worth all the love! haha

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  3. Oh no Katie, this is so tough! Wishing Brady a quick recovery! And hopefully no more incidents!!!

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  4. OMG! Poor Brady and poor bank account! I can't believe the random things your dog gets into! Hopefully he outgrows his chewing habits soon and you guys don't have to worry what about what's going into his mouth. I'm sure that was a scary experience but I'm glad he's home safe and sound now.

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. Poor Brady. I did a Google search, out of curiosity, and read that dogs chew/swallow objects for various reasons: boredom, attention-seeking, just being a rebel, etc.

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  6. Oh my gosh - poor little brady!! Do you think he's learned that rocks are bad now? If anything this is seriously preparing you for a baby because you always have to be on your toes!!! Hope you have a relaxing weekend with no more incidents! xo, Baina -BlovedBoston

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  7. Oh my goodness! So glad he's okay!

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  8. Poor pupper... I feel awful that he (and you guys!) went through all this. I'm glad he's ok, and they were able to remove the rocks. Have you considered spraying the rocks in the yard with that spray that you can spray on furniture to keep dogs from chewing? Maybe that'll keep him away from the rocks since that seems to be his new delicacy instead of socks :-P

    Happy Friday gurlie, hope you guys have a relaxing weekend <3

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  9. Poor Brady-b!!! I can't even figure out how he developed an appetite for rocks, much less stop it... but maybe all the vomiting will help him stop and think, "that's no fun at all!" Have fun this weekend!!

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  10. Oh my gosh... we went through this with Harvey. He LOVED chewing rocks. I literally just found one in his kennel the other morning where I guess he went out during the night got one & chewed on it during the night while we were sleeping. That is so scary. I'm sure Brady will be OK. I don't get why dogs do that. We had a neighbors dog that chewed on rocks till he died at a ripe old age... he was a lab as well. I think its in their genes. Keep us updated on your boy.

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  11. Oh Katie I'm so sorry!! You're definitely not a bad pet owner at all! Pups are no joke and are like having babies that are crawling and chewing. If it makes you feel any better, my dog has managed to eat a nail two different times. They're so sneaky and have the weirdest habits. I hope he gets better asap and you don't get down on yourself!!!

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  12. Oh my goodness - my heart is breaking for you and Brady! I can't believe he still had all those rocks in him. Are you guys still taking him to obedience class, or did he learn the leave it/drop it commands in his other one? We are in our 4th week at a new dog class for Finn, and the leave it command has really done wonders. Hopefully he will grow out of this stage eventually - it's a puppy thing. Hang in there, friend!

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  13. So sorry this happened! :( Don't beat yourself up, it's not weird - dogs get into anything and everything they can, I swear! I'm just glad he is okay - but I know how expensive it can be. Our doberman got her leg broken at the dog park and they had to put pins in immediately, and it was well over $3k once everything was all said and done :( Maybe talk with a trainer who can do in-home visits and work on behavioral stuff?? We have one coming to our house this weekend actually to help with our younger dobe who keeps destroying everything in the house - literally anything he can get a hold of! Keeping little Brady boy in my prayers! xx

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  14. I'm sorry, I laughed out loud! Sad for you, but c'mon Brady! He reminds me of my toddler;). Glad he's better now.

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  15. omg poor brady!! dogs can be so crazy! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  16. Oh no! So sorry you had to go through that and sorry for Brady, but glad he's ok! I know routine vet stuff is bad enough so I'm sure surgery was a chunk of change! Two of our dogs have had issues with eating things they shouldn't and we're not sure how to stop them!

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  17. Oh my gosh Brady, quit eating the rocks! What a funny thing for him to eat! Luckily Pixie likes paper which is much easier to digest haha. I can only imagine that emergency vet bill! So what are y'all going to do to make sure he doesn't get into them again?
    Ally - Life as I know it

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  18. Oh poor Brady. Hope he feels better soon.

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  19. Ahhh poor Brady :( I don't know anything about dogs, but could it possibly be related to his teeth issue that he chews on things?? I'm so glad he's okay!

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  20. So sorry to hear this. Poor little guy. :-( I hope that he feels better soon. Have fun at your wedding this weekend!! :-)

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  21. Oh goodness! Poor Brady!! Our dogs liked chewing rocks, but never swallowed them - well that we know about. I hope you have a better weekend and Brady boy learned his lesson with rocks!

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  22. How awful!!! I've never heard of dogs eating rocks before (our dog never ate them) but my mom said my aunt's dog did on a walk once and they had to pump his stomach or do surgery and he almost died!! Apparently it's a real thing :/ hope he gets better and stops eating them

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  23. Yikes! I hope he get to feeling better. Such a silly boy eating rocks! Have a great weekend!
    xo Southern Style

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  24. Poor Brady! I'm glad he is okay, but for yours and his sake, I hope he somehow learned his lesson.

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  25. Poor Brady boy! And poor you guys. It sounds like you had a rough week! Puppies are so tough... Huckleberry ate our couch recently so I'm right there with you!

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  26. Oh no poor Brady and poor bank account! Hopefully he kicks his rock habit soon!

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  27. I saw this! poor boy. I hope he feels better soon (and spares your wallet!)

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  28. Poor pup! My sister's dog ate an entire dead bird today if that makes you feel any better haha!

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  29. Poor pup!! I'm so sorry! Charlie tries to eat things from outside all the time (twings, leaves, etc) and I've caught him with a few random pepples/rocks a few times! I don't know why they love that stuff! I hope he is feeling better soon :( :(

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  30. Oh I saw this on IG and I felt so bad for him (and y'all!) Don't beat yourself up, there is only so much you can do! I'm not sure how to stop him besides keeping any and all rocks away which isnt exactly realistic. haha. Seriously surgeries for your dog will make you go broke! I think we've spent as much as a house down payment on Ruby, so you're not the only ones, but they are our family and you do whatever you can for them!

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  31. Why do they do these crazy things!? I am SO glad he is ok but good grief. What a crazy thing to eat! Try the inflatable collar versus the cone. They sell it at Petsmart and it will help the boo not feel so weird like the crazy cone. xx

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  32. Oh no! Poor guy! And poor you too!!! Glad he's ok - I can't imagine trying to teach a dog to stop that!!!

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  33. Poor Brady...poor doggie parents...hopefully your weekend is a bit better :)

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  34. We had a dog who ate a piece of a turtle shell and have an endoscopy to remove it. We named our credit card "the zooey card" afterwards.

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  35. Aww poor Brady and ouch on your bank account! As a proud puppy momma myself, I know that regular vet visits aren't cheap..let alone an emergency one-yikes! Maybe try sending him to a puppy daycare or local "send away" camp for some training. I know it wouldn't be general command training but, we have a few places around here (sarasota, fl) that do specialized training. For instance, we spent literally thousands on our one dog in and out of vets thinking she had a bladder problem because she would always pee in the house (tmi, sorry) but it turns out she was just extremely terrified of things and if she heard something that was her first reaction..we got her into a training program-two weeks, and when she returned she had totally changed! Anyways, hoping for a speedy recovery for mr. brady!

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  36. Poor little guy!! And seriously, there are rocks everyone - such a hard thing to avoid! Maybe he'll remember his pain??

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  37. Oh no!! I'm glad he is ok. Pet health problems are so so scary!

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  38. Awww poor babe! My in laws' dog is the same way - gets into all kinds of stuff! That's just how most dogs are - has nothing to do with your pet owning skills! You're awesome for taking action as quickly as you did! :) Hope he feels better soon!

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  39. Poor, poor Brady! I'm so sorry to hear he's been eating rocks. While Sophie's not a dog, she does the same habit of sneaking things in her mouth. I hope this is the last time I read anything about Brady eating rocks. Hope he feels better soon!

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  40. Awh poor pup, let's hope it's just a phase that he will grow out of very soon. My best friends dog used to collect rocks but she never swallowed them!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  41. Aww girl I'm sorry to hear about Brady!! Hopefully he's doing much better but you're right, he sure likes to chew on random objects all the time. Is there any kind of class/training that helps with that kind of stuff??

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  42. Oh no poor thing!!! My dog used to collect rocks but not eat them. He used to hide them, pull them from my mums plants/gardens and use them as toys. Im so sorry Brady is going through this phase girl :)

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  43. Awww poor guy :(! I hope he feels better sooN!

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  44. Poor Brady! And poor you! I know the feeling even though Charley isn't as bad at swallowing this, it still makes you feel awful! Praying he grows out of this stage!

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  45. OMG! I literally just stumbled on your blog and this is the first post I'm reading, so I don't know anything else lol, but wow! I am glad he (he right) is okay! Dogs are so stupid aren't they! My sister has a golden and just the other week she SWALLOWED A FROG! A poisenous frog! She's okay, but it was a scary late nite emergency vet trip. We have a lab puppy and he eats everything too. It's a full time job following him around pulling things out of his mouth. I'm so glad that your dog is okay. And I am glad I found your blog lol!

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  46. OMG! Katie! I'm so sorry! I'm glad he is doing better. Winston eats bark and I freak out every time because I'm afraid he's going to poison himself with the chemicals in plants. Gizmo eats anything and everything. Literally. So, I feel your pain! xo

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