Rockville Dog Eats $20,000 Diamond

Diamonds apparently are a dog's best friend, too

By John Schriffen
|  Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010  |  Updated 8:24 AM EDT
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Golden Retreiver snacks on expensive diamond

Golden Retreiver snacks on expensive diamond

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Soli is back to munching on doggie treats despite rather expensive tastes.

George Kaufmann takes his golden retriever to work at Robert Bernard Jewelers every day. That proved problematic one day in January when a diamond dealer took in a rock for the jewelers to inspect. As soon as the dealer pulled out the diamond, he dropped it.

“I went to pick up the diamond, it wasn’t there anymore,” said Kaufmann, who co-owns the business. "I looked around and I didn’t see it. I grabbed his head, opened his mouth, looked inside and nothing there and I felt him swallow.”

Kaufmann scrambled to figure out how to get the $20,000 rock out of Soli’s stomach. A veterinarian assured Kaufman it would pass naturally, which meant checking every day.

“It wasn’t that pleasant," Kaufman said. "I had to go through it, which was not that nice. My cousin, who’s a dentist, he thought it was really funny. He brought me a box of rubber gloves.”

And it didn’t come easy. Kaufmann endured three days of sifting before finding the diamond in the roughage.

“It was like hitting paydirt, like in the gold rush,” Kaufman said

This bizarre story gained international attention. The National Enquirer picked it up, and on Monday, the BBC called for a live interview.

Just going to the local bank is an adventure for Kaufman, now.

“Somebody said, 'Oh this is the dog that ate the diamond,” Kaufman said. “So he’s getting to be more well-known.”

Kaufman said he opted not to buy the diamone but return it instead -- a decision he insisted had nothing to do with how he finally got his hands on it.

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