THE DOG ATE YOUR WHAT?
Peckish lab sends couple into frenzy
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.
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.