A worried sausage dog named Pickle barked and pawed at the washing machine as he refused to leave the side of his favourite chicken drumstick toy for the entire hour-long cycle.
The three-year-old Dachshund hasn’t gone anywhere without his beloved ‘nug nug’ since Santa delivered it at Christmas and even takes it to bed with him.
It came in a set which also contained a burger and chips, but when the adorable doggo realised he couldn’t carry all three at once, he chose the chicken drumstick as his number one.
Pickle’s owner Rebekah Taylor decided it was time the toy was given a good clean, and distracted him with treats in the garden so she could sneak nug nug into the wash.
Before the mum-of-one could even turn on the machine, Pickle sensed his best friend was in danger and began barking and scratching at the robot holding it captive.
Unable to rescue it, he sat whimpering and pawing at the machine until the cycle was complete – and couldn’t contain his excitement when 36-year-old Rebekah finally freed his favourite drumstick.
“I don’t know how Pickle could smell his toy through the washing machine door but he found it straight away,” said Rebekah, from Derbyshire.
“He started barking at me. It was like he was saying, ‘Oh my god, do you know that my toy is in the washing machine? You need to get it out’. He definitely thinks I can speak sausage dog.
“The cycle was on for an hour and he sat there the whole time. Even when he couldn’t see his toy anymore, he still knew it was in there.
“As soon as I opened the door, he saw it but he didn’t know if he was allowed to take it yet so he was carefully touching it with his nose.
“I told him he could take it and he got it out the machine and walked off. He was over the moon to have it back.”
Estate agent Rebekah, her partner David Pape, and their son Alie Taylor-Pape not only share their home with Pickle, but four other Dachshunds named Pepper, Peanut, Petal and Twiglet.
Rebekah added: “Pickle is very protective of his drumstick. He carries it around like a baby with a comfort blanket. He takes it everywhere with him.
“When I tell him it’s time to go to bed, he picks it up and takes it with him. Even when he’s having his tea, he puts the drumstick next to his bowl.
“Seeing this chunky sausage dog walking around with this toy, it’s really bizarre.
“They’re the most bizarre breed. They all have individual personalities and they definitely don’t believe they’re dogs. It’s like having five more children.
“They are absolutely amazing. When you come in and you have had a bad day, you literally just forget instantly. They love you unconditionally.”