Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Georgia got home about an hour and a half ago. She spent the afternoon at the vet's, sleeping off the anaesthesia. 

The x-ray showed only 1 hook. It was thankfully small.
The hook was stuck in the lining of her oesophagus, apparently quite close to her heart. If it had ruptured the oesophagus, or been a bigger hook, this story would have a different ending. The hook might have snagged her heart. Air bubbles could have formed in her chest cavity. Scar tissue would also have made it hard for her to ever eat normally again, and she would have had to be on a soft or liquid diet, antibiotics and cortisone for life. 

As it is, Dr C tried several times to remove the hook but was unable to. He was about to refer her to a specialist when Dr J asked to give it a go and managed to remove it successfully. We're so grateful to have good vets.

The endoscopic equipment they used to remove the hook.

At the moment, we can't stop talking about how irresponsible the people are, who fish in our neighbourhood. Many come from other suburbs. Yes Rose, they leave bunches of hooks, snarled lines, and tasty dried bait behind on the ground. These aren't random things they forgot or lost. They just can't be bothered. What Cushion pulled out of Georgia's mouth was a section of line with hooks tied every 15cm or so apart. A line for catching bait, he says.

A local man named Steve actually goes around collecting all this rubbish. He says he hasn't had to buy any fishing hooks in a while. That's how many he finds. Cushion was helping him this morning when Georgia snarfled hers. 

"I'm okay guys, really. Thank you for asking after me." 

What would have happened if our wonderful vets hadn't been able to remove the hook? 
Georgia would have had to undergo open chest surgery, a complicated procedure, we're told, requiring a specialist. It would have cost 7 to 9 thousand dollars. Yup. Today's procedure set us back a mere 1,123 dollars. Are we all counting ourselves lucky yet? 

I think missy is going to be doing leash walks for a while.

"I don't suppose this is a good time to ask for another slice of  bread with rhubarb jam?"


Team Kenzo said...

Wonderful news, you stayed on top of it Miss GLP.
So glad you caught it on time and raced to the vet. That was a life saver.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

I'm bawling my eyes out!! For Ms Peas great and lucky recovery and for you typist and cushion.
Oh these awful horrid irresponsible LAZY excuse for humans.
Lots and lots of love and hugs and hope you're feeling much better real soon little Pea.

booahboo said...

Oh bugger. I was here looking for your lil stones stories and this i got.

Scary scary... i hate irresponsible people. People who don't think and leave crap out for others to pick up after them.

Glad Georgia is okay now. Thank god for wonderful vets. I always knew Bondi Beach vets are good ;) I think Georgia deserves a few more slices of bread with jam!

georgia little pea said...

Thank you LEO, ROSE and ANNY! X

ANNY, have you read the Smurf post yet? That might give you a giggle :)

Anonymous said...

Georgia we are so happy to hear such a disaster was avoided! We have been checking your blog all day hoping to see you were ok. Looking forward to seeing you at the park again really soon!

Paula and Larry xx

Tootsie said...

Oh no! We had no idea this was happening. Ms. Georgia: we are so relieved you are okay. Great vets. Great parental units. Thank goodness.

Stay on your leash for now and rest up.

Tootsie & her mom

georgia little pea said...

Dear PAULA and LARRY, thank you so much for your great advice this morning. Cushion would probably have freaked on his own. Plus, when will I ever get to eat a whole loaf of bread like that again? Score! See you soon! HUGS X

3 doxies said...

OH DEAR GAWD!!!!!!!!! Dang Georgia, you don't do anything halfway does you. Girl, I is so relieved you is okays and you has such good vets takin' cares of you. I is just flabbergasted bouts your ordeal you went through. But I is also very relieved you is gonna be okays now and da situation wasn't worse.
Irresponsible hoomans gets ALL overs my nerves.
Oh dis is just upsettin' to me. I will be thinkin; of you while you is recoopin'.


verobirdie said...

Pffff. I'm so happy you're OK.
You have the saddest face. Difficult not wanting to hug you.
Be careful next time you see a treat.

Dexter said...

Holy crap! My dear girl, I am so relieved that your are rid of that hook. What were you thinking? Take it easy for a while and just think before you consume, OK?


P.S. Can you send the rest of that bread to me for disposal?

Anonymous said...

Holey crud! Georgia I am so glad your surgery was successful. What a scare you gave your pawrents! No more fishin with hooks for you okay? Wishin you well and a fast recovery!

Waggin at ya,

georgia little pea said...


Thank you! I wish there was more bread Dex but it's all gone. Not only that. I didn't get to eat tonight. My humans say Dr Dog said not to feed me. I find it very hard to believe he'd be so cruel. Off to bed now with a grumbling tum X

June said...

Oh, poor ALL OF YOU! The fright, the worry! The discomfort (of not eating) for Georgia!
Can you find someone to cover your walking grounds with a metal detector prior to your walks????

Cowspotdog said...

My mom lived in south Australia at a beach town and she knows exactly what you means about peeps leaving lines and hooks everywhere. Even where we live here in the USA we line near a big lake and see the same thing here. It's not just dogs that have issues but all the wildlife too.

How Sam Sees It said...

OMG - I'm so glad she is okay. Sending hugs and love.


Jean said...

I am so relieved to hear Ms. Georgia is going to be okay. What a lucky dog she is.
The problem is not an unusual one, by the way. If you google 'dog swallowed fish hook', you'll see many people have had this happen - those fishy-smelling hooks are a big attractant to dogs.
Georgia Little Pea, don't you dare go scaring us like that again!

Angels Amber and Max DaWeenie and Mom said...

OMD...Some really scary stuff here. We don't have to worry about hooks since we have to stay in our own yard but Mom always worries about the rocks we find and play with.

koko said...

Glad to hear you're doing fine, Georgia... that was a scary incident and it could have been worse. I'm sure Typist and Cushion will give you all the TLC now.

Licks, hero


Good news, Ms. GLP!

What does bread and jam taste like?

Glad you're feeling better!

Ben in Bermtopia

Sherri / 2Rescues said...

I must have missed a post...how horrible! I'm thankful for your vet and that Georgia will be OK. Georgia - stay way from fish! Stick to toast and rhubarb jam. And treats from the bakery (those would be my personal favorite). Happy napping while you recover.

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

Argghhh! I'm so mad at fisher-person trash, like its not bad enough they torture the fishies and pull them out of the water, suffocating them and terrifying them just for sport, but then they have to leave their trash all over for people and kids and dogs to step on and swallow and get tangled up in! I'm sooooo relieved Georgia's OK! Yay for your vet!

Taryn said...

How awful that someone left a fish hook where a dog or cat could eat it! I worry about that in my neighborhood as well, either eating one or stepping on one. Why are people so rude and inconsiderate?

Glad you are recovering!

Matilda the Boxer said...

OMD, I'm so glad Georgia is okay! How skeery for all of you! It's just not RIGHT that people leave such dangerous things out where innocent doggies and other animals can get to them.

Amy said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so relieved that Georgia is alright. Do you think it would help to make up some signs and put them in the areas where people are leaving their fishing waste? It seems that if they knew they were endangering the local dogs, they might be more considerate and pick up after themselves. Please give Georgia a scratch from us and tell her, "No more eating hooks!!"

Kari in Alaska said...

No more eating those scary things!!!

Stop on by for a visit

Kristine said...

So glad you noticed the issue in time! It could have been so much worse. Good on you for staying aware and taking action. I hope GLP recovers without too much difficulty! So scary!

Anonymous said...

Oh Georgia, you are just like my stevie, eating dangerous things! Why are people so thoughtless leaving this stuff around :( Big hugs and gentle ear rubs xxxxxx

georgia little pea said...


Thank you! I survived the night and hope I get to eat brekkie soon or I will get the shits. Dr Dog said I had to eat soft food for a whole week! No liver treats or bikkies. Argh!

COWSPOTDOGS, exactly right. Sea life cops it too. But you know what? I don't think The People In Charge will take things seriously unless and until a human is affected, say a toddler picking up and eating bait on a hook or getting stuck in one. Too sad.

JEAN, unfortunately, I don't have to google it. It happens right here in our neighbourhood ALL the time :( Georgia was always a prime candidate for it, being a scavenger.

AMBER,... ROCKS????! My dear, that would be quite hard to take out if you swallowed one so be careful!

MR BEN, it was yum! Just like all food!

AMY, they know. I wish some signs would do it. Council has actually provided special containers for their waste (I posted a picture of such a tube a while back), but I guess it's easier to toss the trash. As I mentioned, a lot of these fishermen are from other suburbs and here for a fun day or night. I guess they just don't care what happens to someone else's dogs, cats and kids. State of our world?

rottrover said...

Georgia! We're SO glad you're OK and that your humans didn't have to sell their house to pay your vet bill...but first it was the dead, rotten fish and now this...maybe you can just TRY to not snack while you're taking walkies. Just sayin'...People leave hooks near our ponds. Last time we went there with our walking pals, our friend got a hook stuck in his LIP!! We hope you don't have to wear a muzzle!!

-Bart and Ruby

Unknown said...

I was so happy to read of the less awful outcome. I know it was terribly stressy for Georgia as it was and for The Typist and The Cushion!! You know this makes me very angry at those irresponsible people.

Jan said...

It's so sad that there are such thoughtless people around. I wish there were a way to make them pay for the pain they cost.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Woohoo that's terrific Ms Pea that you have come through the night with little other than a grumbling tummy for food.
Take heart now, your Typist and Cushion will, I'm sure come up with some delicious and tantalising 'soft food' options for the whole week.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Blimey Georgia, weren't you getting enough attention sweetie pie? Those bloomin' people leaving all their crxp around. We hope you are feeling much better real soon. We've seen exactly the same thing on wildlife shows on telly with turtles etc swallowing hooks. Can your mum give you some ice cream? It might help your throat. Take care and hugs to you. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Ruby said...

Oh, this is indeed wonderful news! I can'ts believe some peeps! You tell me who they are, and I'll go poop in their shoes! REAL BIG Airedale poops!! That'll teach em' I tell ya!
I sure am glad to hears your okay.
I wish I could have met you under better circumstances Georgia. Butts, now I know where you are, I'll stop by and say hellos when your feeling betters, and don't have fishin' accessories insides of you!

georgia little pea said...


Thank you for visiting me! I am right now cuddling with Cushion while TT works to bring you the latest news (as should be). I have had my brekkie and feel better now.

BART and RUBY, you know The Typist was just talking about it yesterday and wondering if anyone makes a soft sieve muzzle for food obsessed dogs. What a heinous thought! Is she crazy or what!

MS ROSE, it's called pap. Today I had rice, oatmeal, honey, chopped up beef and chicken and lentil, pumpkin, sweet potato mash. Guess what I'll be getting Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday............

STELLA and RORY, ice cream! Now that's thinking!

RUBY, thank you for offering to poop on their shoes. I can see you're going to be a really good friend ;)

sonia a. mascaro said...

Oh! My! What scary thing! Poor lovely Georgia! I am so very glad that Dr J could managed to remove it successfully. Yes, it's so good to have good vets.
Sending to you dear Georgia, to Mom and Dad many hugs!

LetterstoAndrew said...

Good Lord!! I'm so glad she is okay. But those effing fisherman want you to pick up your dog poop right? I have words but none are nice. :-(

Anonymous said...

Ooooooooooooooh so scary! So glad you are ok GLP! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh! your people must have been FRANTIC!
It's so wonderful you have such skilled vets there!
A big whew! And have more bread!

Barb said...

Those eyes - that pathetic look. She'll be fine but, gosh, you need the short leash when she gets near the fishing place.

georgia little pea said...


Thank you!

The trouble is BARB, almost every park in our neighbourhood has a waterside and fishing spots. I guess that's why they come here from other burbs.

Balmain Walks n' Wags said...

Georgia, so glad to hear that the hook was removed and without surgery. I hope you're feeling much better today. Those hooks around the parks in Balmain are so nasty, I had one of my little clients eat one but we were very lucky to get it out and quickly.

Hope you're getting lots of treats & sympathy

Calley xxx

Peggy Frezon said...

OMGosh, I've been under the weather so I haven't been in touch lately so I missed this. I'm so sorry this happened and so glad the hook was removed. phew. I hope her recovery is quick and easy. Give her a hug from me.

Karen said...

As someone who does go fishing, I always make sure to wrap up my old line, put it in my tackle box, and throw it away in the garbage.
#1 it's trash & litter isn't nice
#2 a person/animal could step on and get it in their foot.
#3 an animal could swallow the hook.
#4 the hook AND line are a wildlife hazard. If a bird eats a hook or gets tangled in the line, that bird will die.
#5 little kids put all kinds of crap in their mouths & they can be sneaky about it.

Popular fishing spots in Florida have little boxes to put used line in, so that lazy folks won't toss the line onto the beach where somebody might step on a hook.

I'm so glad that you are okay!!! Please don't scare your Mama & Dada like that again.

What Remains Now said...

Georgia...This makes me so sad. I'm glad they were able to get it out without the horrifying operation. Thinking of you all.

houndstooth said...

Oh, I'm so relieved that she's alright! I'd agree that she needs to be kept on a leash near there, too. I checked really quickly this morning to see that she was okay, but I didn't have time to leave a comment. Georgia, don't scare us like that anymore!

georgia little pea said...


Thank you for visiting us! We're all sleeping a lot today :)

CALLEY, I'm really wondering if there's anything us locals can do about the situation. Seems to be getting worse and affecting every park with a bit of water, which is almost every park in the area. Any ideas?

KAREN, I am a keen fisherwoman myself. It's disgraceful what these people do. Council has provided disposal tubes for them in the parks but they obviously don't care to use them.

Leslie said...

O.M.D. Sometimes I'm glad I'm not always reading blogs in real time. Knowing the outcome before reading the story has salvaged my nerves a little. I am so sorry you had to live it in real time.

And I am so grateful that GLP is alright and you had access to great vets.

Sad face GLP hurts my heart though. I don't suppose she'd accept a hug and a kiss?

Patrice and Higgins said...

OMD, so glad that you are okay!! Rest and demand lots of love!


Pup Fan said...

Oh goodness! I'm so glad to hear that GLP is okay. How scary!

I agree with Leslie that I'm glad I was reading this one knowing that everything would be okay. Whew.

chandra said...

Holy S—t Georgia Little Pea! I just felt shocked, sick, and then glad in the span of two minutes. I'm so thankful that you are okay. Bravo to your vets. Really well done. And somehow you got a whole loaf of bread out of the deal!

Wow, Typist and Cushion, that is not a good way to ease back into "real life" after such a lovely holiday. I'm really sorry you had to go through that.

-c at ddy.

georgia little pea said...


All well now. Antibiotics finished. Back to normal food though still no bones yet. Will she have learnt anything from this experience and stop scavenging?