Dog swallows Popsicle stick, pukes up missing diamond ring

Posted at 10:17 PM, Jun 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-30 22:19:23-04

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- A Wisconsin woman found her wedding ring that she lost five years ago.

It turned up in the most unusual way-- courtesy her dog's stomach!

Tucker is a typical mutt.

He likes playing with his Frisbee and rolling on the grass on a hot summer day.

It’s hard to believe he's ten years old by the way he acts.

Like every pup finds his way into trouble; known in the family to be the food burglar.

And it's because of that nickname a secret hiding in his belly would be revealed. Two weeks ago Lois Matykowski and her granddaughter were eating popsicles outside.

“After I turn around and look at my granddaughter and the Popsicle is gone and there's Tucker smacking his jaws,” Matykowski.

The "food burglar" had struck again -- swallowing the Popsicle whole. But the snatched food soon came back up.

“Stick and all everything came out.”

Two days later Tucker started vomiting again. Only this time it wasn't a Popsicle stick.

“And I look in the paper towel and here is my wedding ring. I kid you not. My wedding ring was in Tucker's puke,” Matykowski said.

Matykowski says her ring went missing about five years ago. She searched the house high and low with no luck.

“I was devastated, how do you replace something like that?”

“Not only the value of the ring, but just the emotional ties too,” she said.

Matykowski's veterinarian says the Popsicle stick may have dislodged the ring inside Tucker. An X-ray showed there are no more treasures hidden in Tucker's belly but Matykowski says Tucker is still the envy of the neighborhood.

“Friends have said I want a dog that throws up diamonds. Who wouldn't, right?”

And Tucker? She says he's taking it all in stride.

“I have my wedding ring back and Tucker is big dog on campus right now (laughs) he's my hero.”

Despite the Tucker's crime as a jewel thief Matykowski says all is forgiven.

“I'm just elated. He threw up on the carpeting and I don't even care,” she says

For now on this pup will stick to doggy treats and keep diamonds out of his diet.