We're getting the pool area re-done and my dog has considerable disdain for the workers. She was barking so much I had to put her in the carrier. So hyped, she threw up...and I had to move her to the bathroom (where she can't see the workers) while I cleaned up. When I checked on her, she had eaten about a one inch strip along the length of the carpet. [Stuff you really, honestly really don't want to read about deleted] So I took her to the vet. Had I not done it, we could be dealing with perforations in the colon and more likely than not sepsis...and her painful demise. The string was trying to work its way through her system, acting like a garrote or saw, so they located it and were able to 'milk or massage' the material out, with only opening her abdomen and not the intestines. This event cost me $3.8K. It's a damn good thing that I love that ole dog...even if it did cost me a trip to Vegas. Oh well, I'll have a beautiful pool area and live dog. I reckon it's one of those fair tradeoffs I hear so much about.