Diamond Dogs: Wisconsin Woman Loses Wedding Ring, Food Burglar Dog Coughs It Up Six Years Later


Updated 07/15/22

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Diamonds are especially popular for wedding and engagement rings, with designers using all different colors to help bride’s distinguish themselves on their special days. It turns out, though, that diamonds may also be popular with the family dog, but for entirely different reasons.

Six years ago, Lois Matykowski lost her wedding ring. After being married to her husband for 20 years at that time, and having the ring recently upgraded, the Wisconsin woman found herself devastated by the loss.

But then a few weeks ago, she noticed the family dog, Tucker, panting outside the home in the summertime heat. After going to get Tucker some water, Matykowski noticed that he had eaten a popsicle meant for Matykowski’s granddaughter, stick and all.

Matykowski and family refer to their dog as the “food burglar” because he has a tendency to eat the family’s food. Yet she worried that the popsicle stick could do serious damage to Tucker’s insides.

Matykowski called the veterinarian, who told her to put Vaseline between two slices of bread to help Tucker get the popsicle stick out.

Two days later, Tucker coughed up the stick, but Matykowski noticed that Tucker was still acting like he had a stomach ache.

Then she saw Tucker bring up something else: her missing wedding ring.

After cleaning the mess, she grabbed the ring and cleaned it with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.

She told reporters that the ring looks just like it did six years ago. The veterinarian said that the popsicle stick may have dislodged the ring from the dog’s insides.

Tucker isn’t the first dog with such expensive taste. In 2011, Honey Bun the Pomeranian, the dog of an Albany, N.Y. jeweler, became famous after eating $10,000 worth of diamonds.

Earlier this year, a German Shepherd in England swallowed his owner’s $30,000 diamond ring — yet another case of diamonds, a girl’s best friend, being eaten by man’s best friend.


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