A British woman had to do some dirty work to recover a $30K engagement ring diamond that her dog swallowed, but she finally got it back after three days of searching through his poop.
Angie Collins, 51, left the engagement ring out on a table and went to sleep. When she woke up, the ring was still there but the pricey diamond was missing. Her German Shepherd, Jack, had chomped on the ring and swallowed the stone.
"The next morning Jack was just lying on his back. The sun was reflecting off the jewelry and I think it must have been winking at him,” Collins said. "He's an inquisitive dog so I guessed that he'd taken a look. The ring was totally mangled so it seemed pretty obvious he'd spat it out and eaten the diamond."
After Collins took Jack, who is a police dog in training, to the vet, she was told that the chances she would get the diamond back were slim.
"My first thought was for Jack's health but I was obviously gutted about the ring,” Collins said. "The vet said there was no point X-raying it because the diamond is made of carbon. He said it could get trapped for good in a pocket in the dog's tummy but there was a chance he could poo it out in the next 72 hours or so.”
Undaunted, she spent three days sifting through his poop and was finally rewarded for her efforts with a grimy gift on Christmas day.
"On Christmas Day I had three poops to deal with and it was in the third poop,” Collins said. "I had almost given up, so it was the last shot. There it was, glinting in the sun."
Despite his temporary jewelry theft, the 18-month-old dog is still expected to be assigned to a police handler in about four weeks.
"I have never had a dog like that. I'm going to get [the ring] reset and insured as fast as possible,” Collins said.
[Middon Gazette] [BBC]