For years Nicola Perrett’s family couldn’t fathom where their missing clothing was going.
But when their golden retriever Bailey had an operation for a suspected tumor all was revealed.
The dog’s tummy bulge wasn’t a tumor, vet Keith Moore discovered. Instead he pulled out 17 garments, including nine socks, four gloves and a stocking. He described it as “like performing a magic trick.”
He said: “We were just pulling out one sock after another.” Bailey, seven, had been taken to the vet by Nicola for his annual check-up. When Mr Moore noticed a mass in Bailey’s stomach he thought it was cancer and phoned Ms Perrett, 44, with the bad news.
The mother of two cried all morning but was amazed later when the dog was found to be healthy.
Ms Perrett, a customer service manager at B&Q, said Bailey had probably been eating the items for years – her son Jack, 15, had first noticed that his rubber gloves went missing two years ago. Daughter Laura, 18, also lost various garments to the family pet.
Ms Perrett, from Poole, Dorset, said: “This year Bailey had lost a bit of weight and the vet must have been able to feel a lump. Now he’s back to being like a puppy again.
“He is a really mad dog – full of beans and always up to mischief.”
Mr Moore, from Corfe Mullen, said: “I doubt I’ll ever see anything like this again in my career.
“It is amazing that he was not more unwell or sick but was still eating his food.”