Couple spent £250 treating their cockapoo who swallowed a thong

Cockapoo keeps stealing pants
Naughty Charlie Bear (Picture: Kennedy News and Media

An Instagram-famous pup with a penchant for his owners’ underwear had to be taken to the vets after eating a thong.

Charlie Bear, a three-year-old cockapoo, cost his owners Helen Morgan and David Ferry £250 in vet bills after swallowing to undergarment whole.

He’s known for stealing socks in the house and, on a previous occasion, had to be rushed to the vets for swallowing one of those, too.

Helen, 42, and David, 47, decided to punish their pup with a custom-made neckerchief branding Charlie Bear a ‘knicker snatcher’.

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The pup models dog bandanas for more than 5,400 followers on his Instagram account, so the couple thought this would be an apt punishment.

Cockapoo keeps stealing pants
Charlie now wears his new bandana around town
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Helen, from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, said: ‘Charlie’s really cheeky.

‘He pinched my knickers out the laundry basket at night. It was a black cotton thong.

‘He had them in his mouth and we chased him, which we shouldn’t have really…My partner had hold of them in his mouth but he wouldn’t give them up and he swallowed them whole.’

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She knew she’d have to take Charlie to the vets, where he was given an injection to induce vomiting, landing the couple with a bill for £250.

‘It was £150 before we even left the house because it was after hours,’ said Helen. ‘He’s got expensive taste.’
PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: OWNER HELEN MORGAN, 42, FROM TYNE AND WEAR, HOLDING UP BLACK THONG LIKE ONE EATING BY COCKAPOO CHARLIE BEAR) This cheeky cockapoo is forced to wear a bandana of shame' that declares he is a 'knicker snatcher' - after humiliating his mum when she had to fork out ??250 at the vets as he scoffed her THONG. Helen Morgan had already been forced to keep the family's socks at a height after her beloved Charlie Bear chomped on them and was rushed to the vets when younger. But 42-year-old Helen never imagined the mischievous three-year-old pooch would have craving for her underwear too - diving into the washing basket and grabbing out her cotton thong. DISCLAIMER: While Kennedy News and Media uses its best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied and the publication of images is solely at your discretion. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266.
Charlie is a ‘proper little character’ (Credits: Kennedy News and Media)

Luckily, Charlie swallowed a thong instead of a larger pair of underwear.

‘He struggled to swallow them but made sure he got them down, then he was fine,’ added Helen. ‘He wasn’t struggling to breathe or anything.

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‘We got to the vet and we had to ring them to say we were outside in the car park. The vet came out and we handed him over.

‘They asked what time he swallowed them, what kind of knickers they were to make sure they weren’t big belly warmers. I was telling a total stranger about my knickers.

‘I handed him over then they gave him an injection to make him sick. If you get there quick enough, they induce vomiting and the thong came straight up.

‘The nurse then came out to say he’d brought them up and my partner asked for them back. He was only joking and I said ‘no, chuck them in the bin’.

Use a Food Dispensing Toy for Fast Eaters. If your dog eats too fast use a food dispensing toy (we love the Kong Wobbler & Bob a Lot), or place a few tennis balls in their bowl to slow their eating. Not only does this keep them from eating too quick, it gives them a nice mental workout.

‘Charlie was a bit sheepish on the way home and a bit lethargic – quite quiet.’

Now, any knickers in the household need to be kept far away from Charlie, along with the socks, which have been placed at a height for years.

’It’s funny now. We were laughing the next day about it but at the time it was a bit of a shock,’ says Helen.

Charlie now wears his new bandana around town and is becoming known for his antics.

‘He’s always up to something,’ says Helen. ‘He’s a proper little character.’

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