Diamonds are a dog’s best friend | AspenTimes.com

Diamonds are a dog’s best friend

Mike Hagan

They say a diamond lasts forever, and that’s a good thing for a Los Angeles woman. She’s also lucky they’re not digestible.

Star Callies, owner of video production company, was out and about in Aspen doing some shopping on Wednesday when she spied a golden retriever puppy tied up outside Boogie’s restaurant and clothing store.

Being a dog lover, Callies leaned down to scratch the dog’s ears and Lucky, a 5-month-old Aspen canine, was soon licking her face. Callies felt a tug at her left ear, and when she reached up to touch her lobe, she discovered that the diamond earring that had been hanging there was gone.

Lucky was feeling … well … lucky, and before Callies could react, she jumped up and snagged the earring from her other ear, as well.

“I was sort of just standing there trying to figure out how I was going to explain this to my husband, when I heard a crunch and saw the dog spit something out,” said Callies.

On the sidewalk lay one complete earring and the setting for the other. It appeared the retriever had swallowed one of the diamonds, but Callies and bystanders who had witnessed the theft got down on the sidewalk and started looking for the missing diamond.

It was at about that time that Ken Clayton, Lucky’s owner, was walking down the stairs after a late-afternoon lunch at Boogie’s.

“The first thing I noticed was that someone had moved her from where I had tied her up,” he said. “I started freaking out, and then I saw the dog and two women on the sidewalk looking for something. That’s when I knew I was in trouble.”

Callies explained the situation to Clayton, who maintained that Lucky had never before stolen a diamond. (Of course, that came after his likely bad decision to joke that he had trained his dog to snatch diamonds from unsuspecting women.) He apologized and the two exchanged business cards and went their separate ways.

When Clayton returned to work he called a local veterinarian and asked how long it would take for Lucky to pass the diamond – if indeed she had actually eaten the gem. The vet told Clayton to bring his dog in and he would see what he could do.

The vet decided to X-ray Lucky, and not only did he see the diamond floating around in the dog’s stomach, but a couple other unidentifiable objects. He induced vomiting, and out came the diamond, a penny and half a shoe sole.

Clayton then called Callies and set up a meeting at the North of Nell, where Callies was staying.

“When we met, we really didn’t know what to say to each other,” said Callies. “But he gave me back the diamond and the story had a happy ending.”


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