Dog treated after gobbling up 2kg of cooking chocolate
We’ve all been guilty of a chocolate binge, but that rarely ends in an emergency plane trip, as it did for one Mid West station pooch who bit off more than he could chew.
Boolardy Station resident Carolyn Halleen found the family dog Field Marshall Montgomery, or “Monty”, in the backyard among a field of chocolate wrappers earlier this month.
Mrs Halleen had been catering at the nearby Murchison Radio astronomy Observatory, but with her term of employment finishing up last week, she had to move all her supplies back to the homestead.
Because of the massive workload and short timeframe, a few corners were cut and the huge supply of cooking chocolate, which should have been locked away in the cool room, ended up sitting next to the pantry — a mistake Mrs Halleen.
Mrs Halleen said she would not repeat this mistake.
While the family slept, Monty seized his chance for a king-size midnight snack.
“He’s a labrador — what more can I say,” she said.
“When I’d found all the packets, I tallied up the total amount. “It was 2kg. “I think I’d be in intensive care if I had 2kg of chocolate.”
By a stroke of luck, Mrs Halleen heard the sound of aeroplane engines while on the phone with the vet.
Geraldton Air Charter chief pilot Wendy Mann was flying in the observatory’s science team, as she does every Monday morning, and, realising this was her chance to get Monty some emergency care, Mrs Halleen ran over to the plane to ask if Monty could climb aboard for the return trip. Ms Mann was more than happy to help, flying Monty into town in just an hour, when driving may have taken more than four.
“He happily sat in the back and thought he was absolute royalty,” Mrs Halleen said.
“I’m a little surprised he didn’t poke his head out the window and wave.”
She said after one night at the vet, Monty was doing much better, and ready to come home.
“Since he’s got back, he’s brought me a few extra packets of chocolate that he must have hidden away, but he hasn’t opened them,” she said.
“I think he just realised he was in big trouble, so he’s trying to fix things as much as he can.”
The RSPCA warns chocolate is toxic to dogs and advises immediate veterinary treatment.