Sunday, March 7, 2010

Confessions of a Rock Eater

Dexter here!

So yesterday morning I kind of puked up a rock. Here is a photo of it with a teaspoon to show you the scale.

I admit I felt kind of crappy all day and couldn't keep any food down at all, not even rice and chicken.

But this morning I was feeling great! I ate my whole breakfast, no puking, and was ready for some action in the yard.

But then I pooped out an even BIGGER rock! Whoops!

Naturally, Momma just had to wash it off and take a photo. No doubt this is destined for her growing collection of "Household Objects Which Were Once Inside My Dogs."

The RH called me over and tried to scam me into believing that eating rocks actually CAUSED my sickies!

What does he know? How could they possibly be related? I mean, I ate rocks, oh, I don't know, Thursday or Friday and then I had sickies on Saturday. That is a WHOLE DAY later! That's like trying to convince me that just because I went to daycare and ran around cracker dog all day on Tuesday I had a sore leggie on Wednesday.

Unrelated, right?

We all know that the RH is a few slices short of a loaf anyway.

Just look at this face? Would you believe anything he says?

I think he just wants to save all the nommy rocks for himself.

Well I'm not buying it!

Here is our lovely rock garden. Look at all those treats! I am pretending not to be interested (wait until she goes inside, right).

I guess you know who has bamboozled the DOH, because she is quite concerned about this, but not certain what to do, so if any of you or your humans have wise thoughts we are open to hearing them.

She did call the V-E-T who told her to pick up some of this rather ominous looking "food."

I am anxious to learn how to keep this indulgence secret from the humans. I'd hate to have to give up something that is so satisfying.

Dexter done!

P.S. I am supposed to tell you that the movie on yesterday's post was actually from Friday. I really wasn't feeling much like zoomies yesterday, but I just had a nice walkie and am back to my old self.


Marjie said...

A previous mastiff of ours would eat pebbles when he had an upset stomach. They were never as big as Dexter's. Sprinkle cayenne on the rocks so he won't want to eat them? I can't think of anything else to do, offhand. We took up changing the brand of food until Sarge stopped snacking on rocks. To this day, our Mastiffs eat Bites & Bones, Sarge's choice.

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Ooh. Dexter. Dude. Don't you know that the rocks are supposed to stay in the RH's head, and not in your mouth?!? Teehee! As for the 'food' from the VET. Erm. TaiChi had some stuff in a can that looked like that but had different letters on it, and she swears that it bears no resemblance to food whatsoever. So tell your Mom that she got gypped and should take that stuff back and get you REAL food. (I'm curious about the rocks, though.... Do you have a gizzard? And why does you Mom pick stuff out of your poop and wash it off and take pictures of it? My Mom is pretty heavy with the flashy beast, but draws the line at taking things OUT of poop... I'm just saying...)

*kissey face*

Benny and Lily said...

Dexter silly ...spit out the rocks after you suck on them
Benny & Lily

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Dexter, rocks aren't good for you! Though they make a great play toy...


doyle and mollie said...

our mollie is a wee rock collector too hey did you read the fine print on that tin of nom nom's its says "Weight control, diabetic, and digestive support for dogs prone to excess weight gain" - man we thinks you better stop eating those heavy rocks...

Archie said...

You've got a banquet feast with all those rocks in the yard! Glad you're feeling better now!

Martine said...


You should listen to RH! We don't have a clue what to do about eating rocks.... especially since rocks are everywhere.

xo martine & the kiddlets

Anonymous said...

I think Fiona brought up a good point. An argument could be made that your DOH has the bigger problem here... maybe she needs a new hobby?

Stella said...

Hey Peewee, I thought you were such a smart guy, too. And now you are doing a dumb thing swallowing rocks!

Give it up, Peewee, its no good for you. Besides that can't feel real good when it comes out the other end.

Take my word, boy, just stick with the everyday eatables.


Martha and Bailey said...

Dexter, eating rocks is not good. Martha sometimes does that too and it gives her the sickies too.
We are very impressed with your mom gathering up all your rocks!
love and kisses
Martha and Bailey xx

Eric said...

Yuck to eating stones Dexter and such big one's too. What do you do that for? You'll hurt yourself. Has DOH tried to spray/water over the stones with some sort of deterrent...if the area is not too large....might help and put you off Dexter next time you feel the need.

Wiry love Eric xx

Tucker said...

Dexter I'm concerned. why in the world would you eat rocks? They don't have any taste.

And it's strange that you have to eat that W/D stuff. That is the same stuff my evil kitty brother use to eat, it is diabetic food so it have major fiber and less calories. Evil kitty brother doesn't eat in any more it started to make him sicky... but he ate it for 4 years and never had any problem. Anyway maybe the extra fiber will bung you up and push the rest of the rocks out. If your MOmma is super concerned you can have xrays..... Oh and your Momma catches you eating them again she can use the peroxide trick. Take you outside pour the hydrogen peroxide down your throat... back way up. YOU will bark everything back up. (Hence, the going outside thing). I think your Momma needs to do it shortly after she catches you snacking on the rock garden. If the rocks are there too long it won't work...

woof - Tucker

houndstooth said...

Dexter! Yikes! I'm glad you're okay! I hope your mom doesn't go out there and do something dastardly like spray all the rocks with citrus spray or something equally vile! I think you should be more worried about eating what could have possibly rolled out of Mango's head than that it might be a rock, but they might look a lot alike. I'm just sayin'!


1000 Goldens said...

Dexter, that is terrible! I understand why Momma is worried and I hope someone in blog land had some ideas. I'm glad you were able to get them out, and hope you can resist the temptation in the future.

Niamh said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better now that you have rid yourself of the rocks! We can tell you that rocks are not good. Chewing them wears down your nice teeth plus can cause those painful sickies. We know that you don't think that eating rocks will make you sick several days later but Ambrose ate a hair brush handle and he had the same problem a couple of days later. He had to have X-Rays and eat boring food too. Better leave the rocks alone or your momma will be spraying them with evil smelling mixtures.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Gus said...

mmmm..muzzer said they had a dog who ate concrete, crayons and nylon stockings (yes, this was a while ago) She fed him rice with a bit of chicken when he was sickie. He ate them more often. She finally had to stop the rice and chicken. A case of a dog being smarter than we thought, right? He ate the wierd stuff until he was about 18 months old, then stopped everything funky except the crayons. Poor E.Rabbit is traumatized to this day because she never had a "whole" box of crayons for more than a few hours. It stifled her artistic efforts, so now she has to work for NPR. You'd best watch that Dexter Dude!


Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Dex! The key is to eat rocks that are small enough to poop out. Then, find someplace besides the grass or yard to poop so the rocks kinda make music when they come outta your butt. I do it all the time.

We also have bark stuff in the yard that dad put down as ground cover. We loves to eat that too. Soooo, last week mom went through the entire yard and raked up all our yummy bark. The V E T told her in order to break our habit of eatin' the 'bad' stuff, the parents had to get rid of it for awhile... bummer.


Anonymous said...

I dunno, Dexter. I think Mango and your momma might be right! I LUVS to eat but I don't remember ever wanting to eat rocks before. I just don't think they'd taste all that good and, well, it seems a little weird to tell you the truth. I'm sorry I don't have any good advices for you but maybe there's a support group for this kinda thing. Like, Rock Eaters Anonymous?

Oh, and I missed your blog post yesterday cuz we had friends over and I had to help keep them entertained. But I very much enjoyed your zoomies and now I think I need to talk to mom about getting Brudder Ranger and me one of those cow milky chew toys.

Wiggles & Wags,

Frankie Furter said...

Dexter, I hate to say this, butt in this instance, Mango is RIGHT. Rocks are for pooping ON... not OUT.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am pritty shoor that only birds eet roks on akkownt of they hav sumthing calld a gizzard wot is ware they store the roks wot they eet i think they spit them owt at kars or sumthing ennyway yoo ar not a bird so do not eet roks!!! ok bye

dewdana said...

Thank goodness dog tummies can go in reverse! Sounds like that was about to stop you up. What if you got gallons of bitter apple spray and hosed it on the rocks until he got the idea? Not very practical I guess... My whole back yard is gravel and there is some 'incidental' ingestion by moose and it seems to cause no problem so maybe you could cover those rocks with gravel... Hmmmm yeah, guess I don't have any ideas! I know lots of labbies eat rocks though so there must be a solution out there!

Tenkiller Airedales said...

Hello..... I don't know about rocks, but you should go to our older posts and read about me eating the large rope.... and had 2 surgeries for removal..... You can see me sick at home and then the dog hospital.... I almost died!!!! The rope was NO problem.... the KNOTS don't move like rocks!!! Be careful man...


Yalo.... the BIG RED

Ina in Alaska said...

Dexter your mom has truly earned her spot in Heaven because until we read this post we NEVER heard of any dog mommas laundering their precious pups' poop!!! Could be a new category for next year's Mango Minster: unique poo reveals...

We have a black lab neighbor across our back yard fence, Luna. She plays with rocks but we have never seen her eat any .... We hope you feel better!! xoxo Toby, Ginger, Jeter & Halle xoxo

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Hmm....ya better watch out for those rockies, Peewee...I'm just sayin'...

More GROSS THINGS on the counter???

I'm assumin' you're not rollin' out an apple pie in that spot???

So Hector was in the tree,too? Must be part of the Collective Mind takeover...that's wheelie scary....

Kisses, Hooge...


Twinkietinydog said...

Listen Dexter, you keep this up people are going to think that the Relentlessly Stationary is the brains of your family. If that doesn't stop you from indulging, I don't know what will!
PS take care my furiend and don't scare us like that

achieve1dream said...

I'm about six posts behind on reading you blog, but I am working on it I promise!!

Oh and I just wanted to say you might be waiting a long time to hear Zeppelin bray again! That one video took me four or five days to catch on film!!

The OP Pack said...

Dexter, we hate to break the news to you, but Mango is right, better stop eating those rocks right away. Sprinkling some hot pepper on the rocks might help or a good dose of Bitter Apple. Maybe even just dump a jug of vinegar on them.

Ciara is getting something in a can with i/d on hers, she eats it but it isn't her favorite food.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

McGillicutty said...

Dexter, me fella, Mango IS right!!!! I know, lookie at that face, but.... been there and pooped rocks. None as big as Dexter's though. Sheeeesch.... did ya call Guinness? Not the beer company, the world records.... for once I do not speak of beer.

No worries.... me just got off of R/D, Dex. I ate it, but I eats anything. Well, so do you---rocks, helloooo? Anyway, you can eat it, just imagine a BIGGGG bacon burger, and eat it all! Hope your tummy is alright. Me thinks it can handle most anything now!

Irish Love,

hero said...

Hi Rocky Dexter,

Those are really big stones to swallow... and I'm sure it really cleanse up your digestive tube too... hehe... the art of canine granite detox.

Licks, hero

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Oh silly dog, you aren't supposed to eat the rock in the garden but I understand you must really be tempted by that Rock Buffet you have in your garden. I'm glad they came out and you are feeling better. I don't have any ideas for your hoomans since I've never eaten rocks and I have a nice rock buffet in my yard like you do.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Dory and the Mama said...


Labradudes and Rocks equals not good!!!


Two Country Poodles said...

Dexter you are most right not to listen to an upside down, relentlessly huge, brindle brother. Hey if they taste good eat them...Can't see that they did much harm...I once ate a whole mole and am just fine...I would do it again if I could just find one. BOL

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo & Foster Sibling Maggie Mae

Life With Dogs said...

Wow. Got roughage? ;)

Amber and Nala said...

OMD Dexter! That just sounds painful to me! Maybe your Momma could try spraying that bitter apple stuff on the rocks or sprinkling a little cayenne pepper on there. Although my Mom tried the cayenne trick on horse candy once but I still gobbled it up...I like a little spice to my food. ;) hehe!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Dexter!
I can see you are increasing your mom's collection of Household Objects Which Were Once Inside My Dogs!
I hope there are not more of those rocks inside you!
Glad you are feeling much better now!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Golly, that is quite a big rock that got passed out! Your secret indulgence is kinda 'out there' but hey, if it's your thing, I say do it! *grins* Hope you're feeling better though after getting the nasty rock out =)


monica said...

Hm.. well I would take Mango seriously, ESPECIALLY looking at his upside down face - gorgeous, just like mine. :o) I guess your momma doesn't give you enough nommies, as you have to settle for rocks.... bad momma!

Huskee and Hershey said...

Ummm... somehow I get the feeling that Mango may be right on this one.
(Geez Dexter, passing out a rock of that size must hurt quite a bit huh??)

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

Hmmmmmm... Can't say I have ever tried rocks.. To me, they are just vicious things I cut my pawpads on. But give me a good stick to munch on...


elbouwii said...

dexter! dont eat rocks
rocks in tummy = no good

one time hauwii at a towl! sanne had to pull it from his bottom hahaha

El'bow & Hauwii

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Eating rocks is not good for the tummy - we don't want you to have to go to the V-E-T to have them removed.

The Rocky Creek Gang

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Once again, another example to prove the smart one on The Estate -

Khyra & Khousin Merdie
PeeEssWoo: Mom was thrilled Maya had her tail too!

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Dexter, I whole heartily agree with the above comment by MFT! Eating rocks.... sigh.....
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Busby and Raymond said...

Dexter, this gives a whole new meaning to the term, You are a rockstar!

Glad you are feeling better today, not that feeling sick had anything to do with those rocks.

Mack said...

I'm with Benny & Lilly - Maybe after you suck all that deelishuz dirt off the rocks, you should spit them out...??

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Oh, dear Dexter, you MUST rethink your rock eating. Yes, we know that it is fun and tasty but what you don't know is that if you eat the wrong rock you could end up with a trip to the dog-tor, an operation and then being a conehead for a week or two. How do we know? Because momma had a doggie once long ago who ate something like that and he ended up furry and furry sick with puking and pooping icky poops and then - well, a zipper down the middle of his belly as big as Texas!

So, Dex, think twice about eating those rocks and if you must, think three times - "just say no".

Peppy Sheppys said...

Rocks, eh? Sounds intriguing! I wouldn't trust that old man Mango. He clearly doesn't understand that no matter what you eat--including your own poo (not that I know anyone who would do that)--food (or "food") would never betray us!


BRUTUS said...

So I guess you were sort of "stoned", eh, Dex? I think that most "Rock Stars" are. Hehehehehe.

Don't know what to tell you about that. The eyeballs I eat off my stuffies make my belly hurt too, and make mom totally freak out. Guess you shouldn't eat anymore of them to be on the safe side. You said mom rinsed off that rock you pooped out? Looks like she needed to rinse a little more - isn't that a little poo smear on the table in front of it?? Hope she washed her hands before she sat down at the 'puter. Ewwwww......

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

oh my god Dexter honey--please don't eat any more rocks you noodle!

Joe Stains said...

chickens eat rocks and they are fine, so I dunno if I believe the Mango. I never ate a rock, are they delicious?

The Army of Four said...

Ah woo, there Dex. I don't want to go against a fellow Lab - er... I mean a Lab - but I think Mango might be onto something about not eating rocks. Really.

Kari in WeHo said...

um I think the RH might be right on this one. Careful with those rocks, they aren't noms

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! Oh! My Dexter ... ROCKS ... WHY? and those were huge rocks you swallowed. Be careful. Be safe. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sue said...

When we were little we liked to eat rocks. Mom got upset because one of us broke a tooth and needed a very expensive root canal. She started spraying the rocks with Listerine. Man that stuff smells B-A-D.

We don't eat rocks anymore, now we eat sticks. Sometimes we throw up pieces of stick. Mom doesn't like it, but she's not as upset about sticks as rocks.

Cinnamon said...

I used to eat rocks too, and my Mum was horrified whenever she found a rock or two in my you know what. But, I have stopped doing that although I don't know why. Anyway better not eat them!

Chester said...

In my years of rock eatin' experience, I've found it to be much more satisfyin' to chew 'em up and spit 'em out in the grass. Dad loves when the lawnmower hits 'em and dulls his blades.
LOVE watchin' the PUs walk all over the yard tryin' to find my rock remnants too. Makes me feel powerful.

Woofs and rocky slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Sorry Dexter but we are sure that the rock caused your sickies.. You need to stick to eating poop like the Red's do... We heard that Norwood also is a cynosure of poop..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Mack and Mia said...

Oh Dexter, you are not supposed to eat the rocks that are so big they make you sickies, just stick to the little ones that can be deposited back to the earth without any detection from the momma! Thats what I do...well I try to at least...Momma is pretty good about detecting our shenanigans though...DANG IT!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Sam and Pippen said...

Dexter... Dude...

Rocks? Really?

Do they smell like bacon or chicken or something like that where you live? The rocks in our 'hood smell like unmentionables and we... oh wait... I was just going to say we wouldn't eat unmentionables but we do...

Never mind... forget our advice... move along to the next comment...

Your buds,

Sam and Pippen!

Clive said...

Dexter, eating rocks is not a good idea! But we were very impressed with your Mom washing that rock!

take care
Clive and the NSLM

ps-sorry Mom got the ball type wrong but she's not 'very sporty!!'

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're not sure that eating rocks is a good plan, Dexter! If you need to chew something hard, ice is better for you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

tula said...

Hey Dex if the RH won't play with ya.. don't get mad & eat rocks. i mean look at him.. he has his own goofy fun by himself- and you're suppose to go to class on Saturday!

git it togethah!


ScrapsofMe said... nummy rocks! I too have a thing for rocks and seashells, which are most crunchy. However, SHE got tired of rushing me to the vettie on Saturdays for tummy problems, so I don't get to free play in the yard anymore. Always...sigh...always on the leash. See, we have these lovely borders of crunchy red lava rocks and the front and side yard are done in pretty, tasty, seashells. They smell scrumptious, like leftover seafood.

About that dog food...the vettie just put me on that and lowfat kibbie. I'm not impressed. Puffy likes it, but he'll eat anything tossed in his bowl...cept rocks.

Bonnie - the (not so) wee Scottie

Honey the Great Dane said...

Gosh Dexter - eating rocks??!! And I thought RH was supposed to be the "stupid one"!! Don't do it, dude!! It could lead to really serious sickies or even (gasp!) a blockage and worse...!

I don't see how eating another processed pet food will help you stop eating rocks though...? That seems to be some kind of marketing gimmick!

Honey the Great Dane

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Hey Dex, that is one strange habit you have. (Mine is acorns!!) BOL

Thanks for the invite to the doggy class!! That sounds like it might be interesting. I asked Mommy and she said we don't have enough paper moneies right now. Maybe next time!!


River said...

I don't know what rocks taste like. Are they that good? My mom says labs tend to be rock hounds. I didn't know that meant you collect them in your tummy. Maybe it works like a rock tumbler and makes them really smooth. Yeah, that makes sense.

love & wags,

Kasha said...

Dexter, Dexter! My first boerboel used to eat rocks and socks. I am not just saying that because it rhymes. He really did and then he would of course poop them out. If I recall the vet told us to put cayenne pepper or something similar on a few rocks in a tempting spot. By the time we went to try this idea TOnka was well into his downfall with the wobblers disease and we didn't want to hurt him anymore then necessary.

Sierra Rose said...

Oh my Dexter!!! Well....your rock snacking episode kind of helps us come closer to deciding what we should not put out in our backyard....still thinking...but little rocks, or gravel poops don't sound too super. Glad you are ok...doing zoomies are important!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

achieve1dream said...

Wow I have no clue what you could do about the rocks. Not something I've experienced. I wonder why the vet wants you to feed that food though . . . ?? Good luck finding an answer.

TwoSpecialWires said...

We know Moma's wirey dog before us had stones. Bladder stones. And she had to get them cut out. But she didn't EAT them. We mean, Really! Rocks? Now, jake has eaten buttons. Wooden ones. And puked them up. We know a basset hound who ate a big rock ... her moma's engagement ring. (Pooped it out ... her now ex-husband found it!) But ROCKS! Dexter. We don't see any good reason for you to do this. And we're afraid you're gonna get your moma upset.

Please reconsider.

Jake and Fergi (who is practicing wearing her lovely medal so we can try a photoshoot one day soon)

Jazzi said...

Rocks are not for eating. I wouldnt suggest eating all those rocks. You dont want to be sick all the time. If you keep eating the rocks, I hate to burst your bubble but you will be a few slices short of a loaf!!!


MAX said...

Hey there Dex'
Not only did you get your momma worried, but you got me worried too...for a moment I thought you pooped out all those rocks in your yard, BOL!
This is rather a weighty problem with which I have no experience and no clue as to the solution.
I have a 'painted' pet rock of myself, which I don't swallow...maybe that's the answer...get painting!

ps. Mango momma - you must be really worried! I would be too! luv C

McGillicutty said...


What a sight to behold---your head hanging out a window? BOL!!!! I am sad that your mom's car doesn't have one for you... it's so fun, and all the smells... yippee! I think I FINALLY got me fur mom trained that it is NOT cool to parade your entire body out the window!!

Irish Love,


Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

We think you better keep that addiction hidden, Dexter. Otherwise, your Moms might gather up and take away all of the rocks!

Woofs and Kisses!

Daisy Dog said...

We have never tried the rock delacacies ourselves, and much prefer milkbones.

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

oh my Dexter! Poor you.

Lots of my Jeannie's dog walking pals throw stones for their dogs, but my Jeannie never does that, 'cos she read somewhere they may be fun for us, but they make for bad sick dogs.

Personally, I have nothing against a decent stone though.

As the proverb goes, "sticks and stones may make me sick, but puking them right back up is a clever trick"

Here is to your Rockery! ;0D

pee ess I have had the dubious dog food prescribed for me, it's ok, kinda light though!

Wild Dingo said...

Dex: you have pica. found in humans and doggies. some grow out of it. some don't. your DOH should watch and correct you for playing with rocks in your mouth and of course provide plenty of chew toys and keep you away from rocks. if it were me, i would remove rocks from unsupervised areas and let the behavior get extinguished on its own simply by not practicing it.

and for the love of dog, Dex, leave the rocks for Mango's head!

ocmist said...

Mom says she read about a vet doing surgery on a Labradude that had eaten a whole bunch of things like rocks! You REALLY don't want THAT do you! I know your Mom wouldn't cause it costs an arm and a leg!

I wonder if you are missing something in your diet and maybe that's why you got some new food? Do you take any vitamin/mineral supplements? Since you've got all those nice rocks in there to have a nice yard, it would be hard for your Mom to get rid of THEM, I guess. OC

Biggie-Z said...

Dexter, what's with the rocks? It's fine to sniff them and to pee on them, but why on earth would you want to eat them?

Hope you are feeling better.