The owners of a sick St. Bernard dog were stunned when a mass whose vet thought it was cancer turned out to be four half-tipped teddy bears.
Maisy, who resembled the lovable puppy Beethoven in the series of comedies written by John Hughes, had removed the soft toys during a complicated process.
The 8-year-old now has a "new life" and thrives at home, said her relieved owners, who admit they are afraid of the worst.
They revealed how a CT scan showed that Maisy had an unusually full stomach and a mass on her spleen – a problem initially attributed to their food not being properly digested.
This led her to diagnose a possible cancer and the delightful dog was rushed to surgery to remove her spleen.
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But, amazingly, during the operation, a veterinarian found out that Maisy had actually devoured four teddy bears that were in her stomach.
It is believed that Maisy stole the stuffed animals from the family's pet chihuahuas.
Fortunately, Maisy has fully recovered after the onset of cancer, and a histology report has shown no signs of cancer.  But owner Jane Dickinson of Robertown, near Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, feared the worst as her beloved pet went under the knife.
"When Maisy came in, I thought, will she come out?" Said Dickinson. "But she loves life now – it's like she's back in her teens – the toys were not even her own – she'll steal and play with the Chihuahua toys, but I've never seen her try to chew on them . "
" Your eating habits were completely normal, "she said. "I did not even recognize any of the toys – my brother also keeps chihuahuas and it turns out that it belonged to his dog."
The amiable puppy enjoys life at home with Dickinson, James and the family Chihuahuas Mabel and Guinness.
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"Now it's like she has a new life," Dickinson said. "She's a good age for a Saint Bernard and has lived longer than anyone else we've had, she's a one-time thing."
The Wakefield surgeon, Nick Blackburn, performed the surgery to remove Maisy's spleen.
He first found out that the stomach was still enlarged and discovered in further examinations a piece of cloth her belly.
"It's fair to say that we did not expect anything!" Blackburn said. "We all know that dogs like to chew things they should not, but devouring four teddy bears is a feat." 19659005] "I know Jane was worried about Maisy because she's quite old for a Saint Bernard, so we were delighted that the operation was so successful and we were able to give the Dickinsons a happy, healthy dog," he said
Blackburn, who works for Paragon Veterinary Referrals, said that Maisy has since recovered from her surgery and a histology report showed no signs of cancer.