Dogs Trust

Saving Gracie - Miracle Stray Dog Survives Eating Wooden Skewer

Canine Carers were shocked to find a wooden skewer protruding from the side of a dog who was brought into our Munster Rehoming Facility.

Gracie came into our care after being found straying by a Local Authority dog warden. The two-year-old Lurcher was so hungry that she had resorted to eating whatever she could find to survive, including rubbish.

After being examined by a vet upon arrival, she was found to be underweight, had pressure sores and skin issues but otherwise appeared in good health. The dog was not microchipped so there was no way to contact her previous owner and establish why she was found alone, wandering and searching for food.

Niamh Curran-Kelly, Veterinary and Welfare Manager at Dogs Trust Ireland explained:A few days after arriving into our care, we noticed a thin piece of wood jutting out from Gracie’s side. An x-ray revealed the poor dog had swallowed a meat skewer which had exited her stomach and penetrated her spleen and flank. Gracie immediately underwent complicated surgery to remove the foreign body and miraculously survived.”

Eimear Cassidy, Regional Rehoming Manager at Dogs Trust Ireland at Dogs Trust Ireland continued: “Gracie has amazed us all with her speedy recovery and we can’t wait to find her a home where she never has to worry about where her next meal is coming from again. She is an exuberant lady so would be best suited to a home with children over 12. We’re hoping to find Gracie a home in the Munster area, if possible as that’s where she’s located at present.”

During the pandemic, we changed the way we operate regionally, which enables us to rehome even more dogs across Ireland. Through our new Regional Rehoming Programme, we now rehome dogs all around the country without the need to visit our rehoming centre in Dublin.

Please visit for more information about adopting a dog outside the Dublin area.