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Dog Ate 43.5 Socks

dateline: 09 September 2014

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • veterinarian: an animal doctor
  • digestive: related to the processing and eliminating of food
  • swallow whole: to ingest something without breaking it up into small pieces
  • foreign body: an object that is not supposed to be in the body
  • skewer: a long cooking stick with a pointed end

Dog Ate 43.5 Socks

An annual veterinarian’s x-ray contest called They Ate WHAT?! awarded third prize to a from Portland, Oregon. Back in February, veterinarians removed 43.5 socks from the dog that had been experiencing digestive problems. The owners knew that the dog enjoyed socks, but didn’t realize it was also swallowing some whole. First prize went to an exotic frog that ate 30 ornamental rocks. went to a German pointer that ate a shish kabob skewer. All of the animals after having the foreign bodies removed. Veterinary Practice News the contest since 2006. Cash prizes are awarded to the animal clinics where the winners received their treatment.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Which animal won third prize and why?
    2. What did the frog eat?
    3. Who receives the cash prizes in this annual x-ray contest?

Discussion Questions: Deciding whether or not to pay for expensive medical treatment can be a very difficult decision for pet owners. How do pet owners weigh the pros and cons of getting treatment or “letting nature take its course”? How do they know when “enough is enough”?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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