Here's a story about a dumb and hungry pug.
Kevin bought me a little knit coin purse in the shape of a pug's head, that had a little blue pom-pom hanging from it. For reasons that will become clear, I don't have the actual pom-pom to show you, but it was just a little one, like one of these:
I excitedly showed the coin purse to the pugs by dangling it front of their faces. They clearly thought it was a toy (I pretty much enabled that), a belief that Rikki demonstrated by promptly opening her gaping jaws like a mammoth grouper, raising herself up on her hind legs, and snapping her fat lips shut over the defenseless pom-pom.
Luckily, since she's toothless, she didn't have such a good grip on the pom pom and I was able to pull it out of her mouth with ease.
And then I got a little absent-minded and forgot where I put the coin purse. The next time I saw it, it was in Bunni's mouth as she was trotting around the apartment. Apparently first impressions die hard. I took it out of her mouth, and noticed it felt a little...crusty, like someone (somepug to be more exact) had been chewing on it all day.
I also noticed that there was no pom-pom. The pom-pom, string--it was all gone.
Of course I go into a mild panic thinking about intestinal blockage, x-rays, surgery and soaring vet bills. Instead of rushing to the vet, I decided we'd keep a close watch on both pugs to make sure that they exhibited no signs of distress in their eating or pooping habits. I thought perhaps that our housekeeper had maybe seen the pugs with the coin purse and removed the pom-pom herself. Of course I could have called her and asked, but that would make too much sense.
Luckily, the pugs seemed fine and their digestive systems normally functioning. They were pooping like champs for 5 days and counting. Phew.
Yesterday, Kevin took the dogs for their daily morning walk. I managed to sleep through them returning from the walk, Kevin putting the dogs back in bed, Kevin getting ready for work, and leaving for work. I can be a heavy sleeper.
Anyway so Kevin calls me later and says "I found the pom-pom." Oh where oh where? "Rikki pooped it out."