Good Morning my friends! Today starts the first day of my new job in PA and I am very excited! I hope you have a great day full of fun adventures! I know I will learn and experience a lot today. I want to share with you an event that just happened to Riley and I on our routine walk. It just goes to show that you can never be fully prepared to deal with life!
I took Riley on our mid morning potty break outside. I had a full schedule of things to do so I wanted to make this break quick. Starting at the first pee stop, Riley did his business. He then proceeded to visit his usual favorite sniffing spots one at a time. In between each spot he would look over at me and smile as if to say, “I know you have a lot to do today, but thanks for letting me explore, Mom!” I caved in and let him lead me to the walking trail behind the building.
While on the walk I figured I might as well soak in the nature around me. The bee hive near the trail seemed to be buzzing with activity. Then I noticed as we turned the corner that the big rock that normally has broken acorn scraps from chipmunks now had flies all around it. Rye noticed this too and pulled out his sniffer to get to the bottom of this mystery. I took a few steps closer and bent down until I saw what all the insect hubbub was about. At first glance I thought the flies were swarming around a few worms that somehow got on top of the rock. But then I saw a bee standing on a fatter pink and glossy shape and I realized my face was a short distance away from small intestines. GROSS!
Now, in my curiosity and horror, I was distracted from what Riley was doing until his quick movement snapped me back to reality. I pulled him back away from the miniature scene from a gory movie and he looked at me with a full mouth. Crap. At first it looked like a dead mouse with its stiff tail sticking out, but it actually was...a leaf. Riley has never shown interest in leaves and he looked at me with such guilt that I knew there must be something more to this picture. Riley was quite happy with the surprising turn of events and decided to finish his walk with this leaf hanging out of his mouth to show off his prize. What a little goof ball!
Unfortunately, I have been in this sort of predicament plenty of times before, as I’m sure you have as well. “My dog has something in his mouth...how do I get it out?!” My most successful method has been to pretend that nothing is wrong and mind my own business. Normally Riley will then drop said object intending to eat his guilty pleasure bit by bit. That is when I pull him away from it! So following this method, we continued on our walk. What a happy walk it was for Riley! He was walking with his head high and an extra bounce in each step. At this point I was hoping Rye had just decided to innocently carry a leaf back home like a little cutie. A woman was approaching us on the trail and Riley would normally get excited and want to run up to meet her. But this time he calmly let her pass. He obviously had something else on his mind!
We turned the last corner to get back to the building when Rye finally stopped to eat his “treat”. He didn’t drop it and I only realized my chances of getting it out of his mouth were gone when I heard “CRUNCH”. Great...it wasn’t just a leaf after all. Who knows what it was but it was long gone. I bent down and saw that he had been salivating that whole time we were on the walk. The anticipation was real! I told Riley I wouldn’t let him give me any kisses for a while now. Ugh.
So my detective skills have concluded that some sort of carnivorous creature caught a chipmunk and ate most of it on top of that rock. There are chipmunk holes all around that area and so that is most likely the victim. The attacker is unknown. Anyways, soon after the event I forgot that Riley’s mouth had something gross in it and I think I let him lick me. Back when Riley lived with his cat brother, Gary, there were all sorts of dead “gifts” that Gary would drop off at the door and Riley would find. Such is the life of owning a dog I guess.
Let me know in the comments below if you have had experiences like this with your dog and if you have any tips for getting unwanted objects out of your dog’s mouth. I would love to hear your stories! I hope you enjoyed our mystery walk story and I hope that you have a great week!
Thanks for reading!
Abbey is the owner of Coddled Canine and her dog, Riley. Join us on our crazy adventures as we journey through this awesome life together!
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