Dober­man’s love for ten­nis balls

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

DOGS aren’t known for be­ing choosy about what they eat, but one Dober­man ended up with 25 ten­nis balls in its stom­ach.

Seven-year-old Stella, right, was taken to the vet when her owner Colin Hutchin­son no­ticed she was off her food. Vets op­er­ated and found the 25 balls – most of them chewed up but one still com­plete.

“How on earth Stella man­aged to swal­low a com­plete ball, I don’t know,” said Hutchin­son, from Sun­der­land, Eng­land.

“The balls weighed half a kilo. If she hadn’t been op­er­ated on that night her in­tes­tine could have rup- tured and we’d have lost her.”

Hutchin­son, a re­tired po­lice­man, had feared that Stella had swal­lowed some­thing poi­sonous. He added: “She loves chas­ing balls, but I’ve never lost one. The only thing I can think of is that she might have found them when we’ve been out at night.”

Hutchin­son, his wife Adele, and their three chil­dren are de­lighted to have their pet back to full health. –Daily Mail

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