THE DOG ATE YOUR WHAT?

Peck­ish lab sends cou­ple into frenzy

Sunshine Coast Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Damian Bathersby damian.bathersby@sc­news.com.au

WHEN Re­becca Rough lost her wed­ding and en­gage­ment rings last week she did the usual thing and turned her house up­side down.

She and her hus­band Bren­dan looked in places the rings could have been, like behind the cush­ions on the lounge, and places they couldn’t pos­si­bly have been, like draw­ers they hadn’t opened for months.

Re­becca had been at the lo­cal pool, so she checked where she’d been sit­ting, spoke to staff and searched the chang­ing rooms.

Then she turned her at­ten­tion to Noosa Na­tional Park and scoured an area she’d vis­ited the day be­fore she re­alised the rings were miss­ing.

“I was be­side my­self,” the Te­wantin life coach said.

“It was bad enough my wed­ding and en­gage­ment rings were miss­ing but there was also a third ring which had been Bren­dan’s nanna’s wed­ding ring.

“She wore it ev­ery day un­til she passed away two years ago and his par­ents gave it to me last Christ­mas, so it was very special. I was so up­set I felt sick.”

Re­becca said she had a weird feel­ing the rings were around their home and would turn up one day but with nowhere left to look, she gave up her search.

Then on Satur­day, while she was on the phone re­port­ing the loss to po­lice – just in case some­one handed the rings in – Bren­dan came in from the yard with some­thing in his hand.

It wasn’t the rings ex­actly, but a poo their labrador Bella had left in the gar­den.

“He was laugh­ing and said ‘I don’t care that I’m hold­ing a dog poo right now be­cause I’ve found your rings’,” Re­becca said.

And sure enough, nes­tled safe and sound in their dog’s poo, were all three rings.

“I was so shocked – I didn’t be­lieve it at first,” Re­becca said. “I could see them shin­ing in the poo but it was so crazy, I didn’t want to get my hopes up.”

The best Re­becca can work out is that two-year-old Bella gob­bled up the rings from the bed­side table and was car­ry­ing them around the en­tire time the cou­ple were search­ing.

“Be­ing a labrador, she’s very in­quis­i­tive and while we were turn­ing the house up­side-down she was get­ting un­der our feet try­ing to see what we were do­ing,” laughed a re­lieved Re­becca.

“So I was right, they were there the whole time – in­side Bella.”

And although she doesn’t rec­om­mend any­one fol­low her lead, Re­becca says that once the rings were washed off and sani­tised, they never looked shinier.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

WHO ME? Re­becca Rough with hus­band Bren­dan and Bella the labrador, who re­ally can’t see what all the fuss is about. RIGHT: The rings safe and sound.

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