We’ve heard about dogs eating homework, but it’s safe to say we are pretty unfamiliar with a canine munching on someone’s savings.Well, this was the sad reality for one woman from the Isle of Man. Jocelyn Horne initially thought her boyfriend Allan Kinrade was playing a prank on her when he delivered the news that their dog had chewed up the pot of money on her bedside table. After discovering her money was gone – and spotting a lonely looking £20 lying on the floor – Jocelyn realised it really had happened.
The culprit – their 10-month-old miniature poodle Peggy – has a passion for chewing anything and everything that hits the floor.Jocelyn said: ‘I keep my bedroom door closed because of her [Peggy] and I came in and could just see a single piece of £20 on my bed.
‘I searched high and low, couldn’t find anything else and thought there’s no way she’s eaten £100 – she couldn’t have.
‘I actually thought it was my boyfriend playing a joke on me as he kept laughing and I was still adamant that I must’ve misplaced it.’
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Her worries were confirmed when she found the remainder of the cash in a pile of dog sick on her kitchen floor.The beautician was pretty gutted to discover Peggy had eaten her £100 rainy day savings, but Allan and their three children – Isla, Lola and Rhys – found the incident hilarious.
Jocelyn added: ‘Normally when she gets hold of something like toilet roll holders or the post, she just shreds it to pieces – she doesn’t actually swallow it.
‘I don’t know why she decided to swallow these £20 notes, and they mustn’t have gone down very well.
‘I thought I’d wash them to see if I can get the serial numbers because then you can possibly get your money back, but she’d just thrown up parts of each note as if to really take the mickey.
‘Most people just find it hilarious, but know the pain that you’re going through because it’s a lot of money.
‘My children also found it hilarious – they don’t know what £100 means.
‘I still don’t know whether to laugh or cry – I look at her and I think I bloody love you, but you’ve swallowed £100.’
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That day Jocelyn couldn’t look Peggy in the eye as she was so upset, but she eventually saw the funny side of the situation.
She added: ‘She’s always got a smile on her face, but you can’t stay mad at her, I wish I could, but I can’t. She is such a good dog – everybody comments on what a lovely natured and happy dog she is.
‘She’s brilliant and so gentle with my children – there’s not an ounce of badness in her.’
Just a little mischief it seems!