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Old 08-14-2012, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, Moxy and Crow have this giant ball that has a tug o' war rope through the middle. After a year of playing with it, the rope frayed today. After picking up several pieces off the floor, I finally put the ball away.

Anyway, after playing with the rope for a while, Mox began licking her lips and chomping her jaws. I opened her mouth and pulled out a good foot of string that she had swallowed...and part of it was attached to her tooth, which kept her from swallowing it completely.

Please, be careful with these rope toys. Watch your dogs carefully. This ball is now in the trash. I am so glad Moxy is ok and didn't swallow the rope pieces.
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You got lucky!! Woolf did swallow pieces of the rope in his early life... barely escaped surgery but still left with huge vet bill.

We now have 1 rope toy that stays in the training bag to only be used as part of the never ending array of tugs to be used as rewards. Never leaves my sight.
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Mine have eaten pieces alot smaller then yours and it comes out in their poop. Now they only have rope toys with supervision and once they start looking worn, in the garbage they go
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You got lucky!! Woolf did swallow pieces of the rope in his early life... barely escaped surgery but still left with huge vet bill.

We now have 1 rope toy that stays in the training bag to only be used as part of the never ending array of tugs to be used as rewards. Never leaves my sight.
That is scary! So glad I got it out. I usually catch stuff like that because I have an 8-month old who is just starting to crawl. Don't want him choking on it, either.

Glad your dog is ok, too!
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Mine have eaten pieces alot smaller then yours and it comes out in their poop. Now they only have rope toys with supervision and once they start looking worn, in the garbage they go
I just tossed a worn one last week.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you for posting this! I will go throw away my dog's frayed rope toys now.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Oh wow, I had no idea. I'm tossing them when I get home!
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thank you for posting this! I will go throw away my dog's frayed rope toys now.
You're welcome! I know now to toss them when they start fraying. Or just put them away when they start chewing on them.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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My Lacy tries to fray the rope and pull the pieces of rope out and swallow them. Now the only rope toys I use are the ones that I've created flirt poles with. Big rubber Kongs are the only free choice toys I leave unattended.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree, thank you for sharing! I thought those rope toys were pretty durable...
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