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Dog addicted to chomping grass
August 14 2007
London – A dog needed life-saving surgery after he began feasting on grass when his owner put him on a diet.
Pie, a Rottweiler-Alsatian cross, tipped the scales at a massive 95kg when he was found abandoned on a street last month, reports the newspaper Metro.
However, when he stopped eating completely, his new owner Annabelle Pottle took him to the vet and discovered the real problem – he had half a kilogram of grass in his stomach.
Pottle said: “I was getting worried because he was not eating his special diet food. He usually loves his food and he was just turning his nose up at it.
“I could not believe it when the vet told me it was grass bunging him up. He must have thought he was a cow rather than a dog to eat so much of the stuff.”
An 800 (R11 600) life-saving operation to remove the offending cuttings has now left him with a 25cm scar.
Pottle, 40, who runs the Ardley Rescue Kennels in Bicester, Oxfordshire, took in Pie after he was found with his stomach dragging on the ground. He should weigh just 32kg.