Woman left with toothless smile after cocker spaniel eats her dentures


Jayne Haggett, 54, has managed to forgive her cheeky one-year-old cocker spaniel, Barney (Picture: Media Wales)

We’ve all heard the one about the dog eating the homework – but what about when the cocker spaniel goes for your false teeth?

That’s genuinely the situation one woman in Wales found herself in when she woke up following a boozy night out.

The last thing Jayne Haggett, 54, could remember was removing her front dentures in the bar in order to eat a packet of crisps.

She searched everywhere in the morning and asked staff at The Beehive Inn, the pub she had been at, to look out for them.

The mum-of-two, from Aberdare, said: ‘I generally take my teeth out before eating anything because I hate bits getting stuck underneath them.

‘And every night before bed I leave them in a little plastic pot on the kitchen worktop.

‘But, come the next day, it was gone. So me and my daughter looked everywhere, but with no luck.’

It was at this point Jayne clocked her one-year-old cocker spaniel Barney acting rather suspiciously.

She said: ‘I went into the back garden and there on the grass, next to Barney, was the little plastic pot. It was chewed to bits and completely empty.

The dog owner says Barney is ‘a terror for these things’ (Picture: Media Wales)
She only removed her dentures to eat a packet of crisps (Picture: Media Wales)

‘I can only imagine he’d swallowed the contents – he’s always been a terror for doing things like that. I’ve not got a single hairbrush that hasn’t been mouthed and mauled.’

While Jayne eventually managed to locate her dentures, she still won’t be able to get a replacement until the end of November.

She said: ’Friends have said that, if I’m patient, Barney will probably poo my missing teeth back out before then – but I’m hardly going to re-wear them after that, am I?’

The production operator, who had one of her breasts removed after being diagnosed with cancer in 2017, has said ‘there won’t be much of me left if I’m not careful’.

But she is determined to see the funny side of her disappearing teeth, saying: ‘Lots of people are going through far worse as a result of the pandemic, so I’m determined not to let it get me down.

‘And if me telling my story makes others smile then that can only be a good thing. 

‘In any case, because of Covid everyone’s wearing face masks these days. So it’s unlikely many will even notice my front teeth are missing at all.’

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