Hungry Hound Eats Ring

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 1:12pm

Family dog gulps down diamond.

Dogs always get blamed for eating homework, but how about a $4,500 wedding ring?

It happened to an Albuquerque, New Mexico family and when nature would not pass the ring back, they had to find another way.

Rachelle Atkinson has a habit of leaving her wedding ring on her night stand and in the morning, she puts it back on - that was until a few weeks ago.

"I went to go put it on and it was nowhere to be found," she said.

Rachelle and her husband Scott searched everywhere but eventually started to suspect a thief, their 10-month old basset hound, Coraline.

"She was the only one in our room so we immediately looked at her and she looked guilty," Atkinson said.

For the next 10 days, Scott had to go through a lot of Coraline's droppings searching for the treasure.

"I had to go through all the 'poos' everyday and squish them up and make sure there were no hard lumps in there so yeah, that wasn't much fun," said Scott Atkinson.

It turns out he did it all for nothing. X-rays showed the ring wasn't coming out on its own.

"So we took her to the vet and there it was lying in the bottom of her stomach and it was just too heavy to pass so we had to take her in for surgery," Atkinson said.

The vet had to go fishing.

She first had to knock Coraline out then feed an instrument down her throat into her stomach and after a few hours they got the ring back.

Now Coraline is back to her old self - of course getting into trouble once again.

Rachelle now hides her $4,500 ring out of sight while Coraline is off munching away at anything she can find.

"She's a good dog and she's just a wonderful addition to our family but we'll never forget this - the ring and her have gotten more expensive," Atkinson said.

The vet said Basset Hounds have tendency of eating rocks, which means Coraline has really expensive taste.

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