Eight pounds of pooch munches 16 feet of rope and lives to tell the tale

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Mocha was en route to a Champoeg State Park camping trip when the rope under the front seat started looking tasty. “It’s only about a 25-minute trip and we load up the dogs in the back seat and tie them up to the seat belt,” said Chris Nadeau, Mocha’s owner. Mocha had just enough leash to hop down and start chewing on the half-inch thick rope he found. Once at camp, Nadeau parked the trailer and was unloading the car when he caught Mocha, an 8.5-pound dachshund, in the act. “I started pulling and got about six to eight foot of rope out of him,” Nadeau said. “He’s always been a chewer but this was a first.” Nadeau and his wife thought nothing much of the incident–beyond the oddity–and Mocha showed no signs of discomfort. The pup continued to eat well and “do his business” on schedule. Until a few weeks later. “He started dry heaving so we brought him into the vet to have him checked out,” Nadeau said. Vet Leanne Eggert of Creekside Veterinary Clinic gave Mocha the once-over and decided to treat him for acid reflux. “He didn’t seem to be getting any better though so we brought him again,” Nadeau said. Last week, Eggert decided to do a more thorough investigation and gave the dog some barium dye...

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