Mandy Moore’s dog ate a tennis ball and almost died


Some of you suggested that my Saoirse Ronan post about her dog Fran was a bit light on dog photos. Well, because I love you all, I plan to correct that egregious error below! Before that, however, we all need to release a collective, “Aaaaaaaaaaaw,” for Mandy Moore’s precious pooch, Jackson, who spent the last two days recovering from stomach surgery after he decided to snack on a tennis ball. Mandy posted this to her Instagram on Wednesday:

Oh my stars, look how cute Jackson is. Poor guy. CB wrote about Kathryn Hahn’s dog needing three surgeries after eating underpants. My dog eats everything, I think. He destroys everything, I can never tell what he’s eaten vs. just ripped apart. But I had a few glass ornaments destroyed on my floor and now I’m thinking I should have his stomach pumped.

Mandy posted to her Instagram stories that Jackson the Adorbs is doing just fine. He’s walking and napping and eating, but the stuff he’s supposed to eat, not the stuff that got him in this situation in the first place. People has some screengrabs of those updates here. Like Mandy, I too would like to give a shout out to all 24-hour vet clinics. I had to visit one 17 years ago when my cat got hit by a car. It came to “the talk” about my options (re: cost of saving him vs. euthanasia) they could not have been more gentle or supportive. Not to mention they saved his life.

Mandy is a big supporter of rescue animals and #adoptdontshop. She revealed in November that the night before her wedding to Taylor Goldsmith, her beloved rescue kitty, Madeline, passed away suddenly. You can see her post about Madeline here. I won’t comment on this too much because I am still reeling from losing my pup in August and it’s making me cry. But it’s Friday and I won’t be here Monday because it is my 50th birthday, y’all! So let’s kick things off with positivity – an invitation to share your favorite rescue organization and photos of doggos and kits! I’ll start – got this precious mutt (wearing the cone of hell after being neutered) from Dove Project who rescues dogs from the meat trade:

Photo credit: WENN Photos, Instagram and Twitter

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  1. Bryn says:

    we need more animal pic posts!!

    • cannibell says:

      We absolutely do.

      Also an open post where we can show off our own furry family members. Here’s 17 seconds of my dog jumping through her hoop. (Shortly after I brought her home from the Humane Society, we were in the kitchen and one second her 20-pound self was on the floor and the next her face was right in mine – and I’m 5’3″. So I tried to think of a way that this jumping of hers could be channeled into something appropriate. The rest is history.)

      Hecate, condolences on the loss of your beloved dog.

  2. Who ARE these people? says:

    Happy birthday!

  3. Clare says:

    Yes to animal posts!

    And what vets and nurses do for our furry critters is nothing short of AMAZING.

    Also, medical services for pets are EXPENSIVE. Next time you see a gofundme or similar for a pet’s surgery/eds, donate a dollar or ten if you can!

    • BengalCat😻 says:

      GoFundMe is a great idea! My ex died suddenly this past March (rip sweet H) and his friends created a GoFundMe page for his dogs. That was something I never thought about…what if our pets outlive us? Sorry to be morbid. I would love for all of us to post pics of our furbabies.
      Happy birthday Hecate, hope it’s goodgoodgood!

      • Clare says:

        Man, this is such a worry (sorry to hear about your ex 🙁 )- we’ve asked my husband’s best friend AND his parents if one of them will take pup if something happened to both of us…and we’ve put it in our will so whoever takes the dog will get a chunk of $$ to look after him, just like you would with a human child. I’ve heard titters that this is ‘extra’ but I feel like its our responsibility to ensure he is cared for and loved.

        I like to think even if we didn’t plan ahead our friends/family would take him and love him, but its good to have the commitment from someone we trust.

        And on a happier note, Happy Birthday Hecate!

      • Snowflake says:

        @clare. That is not too extra, that is a great idea. I have a cat that I’ve had for so long, i can’t remember how long I’ve had her! At least 9 to 10 years. We are on our 4th place living together. I’m selling my house and moved over to be near my elderly mom. We drove 6 hours to get here. I felt kinda bad taking her away from our house of 7 years. But she loves it over here, so yay. That’s a great idea to do for your cat. Sounds like she has a great owner!

    • Hoopjumper says:

      I hate to pick nits on such a positive post (I have a pibble rescue and love her to bits) but I don’t think nurses work at vet’s offices? Vets go by Dr, so I get calling them that, but nurses specialize in humans. I think people are referring to vet techs, maybe, and they deserve a shout out.

      • Alyse says:

        Oh, interesting. In my country they’re called veterinary nurses.

      • Maylee says:

        In many 24-hr emergency vet hospitals, specialty animal hospitals and university hospitals, the veterinary technicians are specialized – and named as such: oncology nurses, radiation nurses, internal medicine nurses, etc. Regardless of the titles, they are all angels.

      • Clare says:

        For what its worth – at our vet surgery, they are called nurses. There are also other staff, that aren’t call nurses. Shrug.

      • Hoopjumper says:

        You guys sent me down a rabbit hole and TIL vet nurses are totally a thing in the UK/ Australia! It does seem be vet tech in the States. Good to know!

  4. OriginalLala says:

    My favorite rescue story is that I had never had a pet, and when I moved away to go to graduate school, in the first week, my landlords gave me a stray kitten that showed up at their doorstep. She quickly turned me into a full on cat lady and animal rescuer! I know have three cats, all rescues (one is a former feral momma) and my OG girl is still slaying and loving life at 11.5 years old 🙂 and hubby and I have fostered several dozen kitties

  5. Becks1 says:

    We have gone through Lab Rescue a great deal for labs in our family. They move a ton of dogs and their FB page is a good follow for anyone in the mid-atlantic area.

    My parents actually got an older Australian shepherd from them; the dog was part of a bonded pair (the dogs were around 13-14 years old) and the other half of the pair choked on a tennis ball at the foster’s house and died. (sorry Debbie downer.) so my parents took the other dog. It made me wary of using tennis balls as toys with dogs.

    My lab loves to chase footballs; we are convinced he thinks they are ducks lol.

  6. Tate says:

    We adopted our dog from Companion and Pet rescue of West Tennessee. I have been home with my pup for the last day and a half after he had surgery for a torn acl. Sleeping on the floor next to his dog bed. 🐶❤️

    • cannibell says:

      Oh, best to you all. Our Girl (she died two years ago at 15 and I still miss her) had that surgery – twice. Did your vet tell you to start saving for the second one? Evidently when one goes, the other one tends to also.

      • Tate says:

        Thank you! Yes, the vet did tell us the other will probably go. I hope it doesn’t happen anytime soon. My boy hates going to the vet so he was really traumatized by being there overnight. They ended up doing his surgery first because he was so distressed. 🙁

    • cannibell says:

      When Tuki’s second ACL went, she knew what had happened. We were really strict on the rehab for the first one, which went pretty much the way it was described. (When they put that paw down for the first time and it doesn’t wobble back and forth at about 10 days post-op, they think they’re okay and you have to be really careful about making sure they’re not doing too much because they are not okay – and that happened the first time out. Tuki even took a tumble down the stairs, despite our vet having said she was okay for them, which was pretty terrifying. Her pure joy the first time we turned right (the direction of our pre-ACL tear walk route) instead of left (the short distance) about four weeks post-op still makes me smile. We didn’t do the full walk route that day, but that step closer to it was a big deal for her.)
      Anyway, the second time, it was so clear that she knew what had happened and what happened in the surgery that our vet let her come home the same day. So that might be the case for your lovely guy – Tuki was not a fan of the vet AT ALL, despite the fact that he saved her life when she was a puppy. (We found her on the street and when we adopted her after turning her in to make sure she wasn’t someone else’s lost pup, she had bacterial pneumonia.)

  7. Charfromdarock says:

    Aww, I’m sorry for your loss Hectate. Saying goodbye to them is the hardest thing.

    Thank you for posting celekittens and celepups!

    I’ll use any excuse to post a pic of my boy:

  8. lamaga18 says:

    Thanks for the animal post!! Both of our cades are super special: my brother found me the first as a rescue from a bad situation when I was having a bad time in life and sleeping on his couch. The second one was a comfort kitty my partner and I met when he was purring on a cat-loving friend in the hospice. Our animal friends are the best and I firmly believe humans are not good enough for them!

  9. Tina says:

    I lost my beautiful little girl Ember this past Sunday very suddenly. I had to make that awful decision because the vet didn’t give her much chance of recovery, it was awful and I’m devastated! She was only 7. My kitty 😢

  10. launicaangelina says:

    PUPPERS!!! 😍

    My sweet pomchi passed in December 2017 and I still hurt over her loss. She my avi here.

    Hecate, happy birthday and have a blast!

  11. T.Fanty says:

    Happy birthday!

    The best. social media account for MOAR DOGS is We Rate Dogs. That feed always makes me happy.

  12. Amelie says:

    My little bichon frisé had to be put down about 4 and a half years ago (he was 15!) but I’m honestly surprised we never had to take him to the emergency vet for ingesting a tennis ball. He LOVED to play fetch, it was almost OCD behavior and we had several tennis balls all over the house because he would pick them up at the nearby rec park where there were tennis courts and bring them home. He was constantly in our faces and throwing us tennis balls, especially at night when we were watching TV on the couch. He’d sidle up and place the ball so conveniently in front of us for us to throw. I think this was one of the reasons he was so skinny lol, he ran so much outside when we threw him the ball, it was his greatest joy and he’d exercise himself. He would occasionally chew on tennis balls like bones and shred them, I guess it was a comfort thing. But he never actually ate one!

    The one time we did have to take him to the emergency vet for ingesting non-edible items was because he had eaten part of a cheap rug (long story as to why he did that) and a bunch of the fibers were clogging his intestines. They didn’t have to do surgery, I think the fibers eventually passed and my mom thinks to this day it is hilarious she had to sign a DNR form for the dog. That dog had several incidents which could have killed him but somehow he managed to survive all of them. From near drowning, eating mice poison, eating chocolate, eating my sister’s Lactaid pills, running off from the backyard several times to chase various animals, getting lost at the nearby park one night… Ah I miss my little Milou!

  13. La says:

    This post has my heart!! All of our pets since childhood have been rescues. We currently have a fluffy kitty with a bad hip who was abused as a kitten and a 75lb rescue mutt who is the best doggo ever.

    We have had to use the emergency vet twice for the kitty and they saved his life and took wonderful care of him both times. I caught some hell for paying so much to save a cat but I feel like when I agreed to adopt him that I owed it to him to do it if I could afford it. He’s almost 14 now and going strong now that he’s on special food to treat his condition. Vets and vet techs don’t get nearly the respect (or pay) they deserve for doing what they do.

    So sorry for your loss, Hecate. And happy birthday!

  14. MellyMel says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  15. Haha Muntz says:

    We adopted our dog from Joy Rides Rescue in Texas. They also do out of state adoptions and will even drive or fly your pet to you. The $495 out-of-state adoption fee for dogs is even tax deductible (if you live in the US). They have cats too. We live in Canada and they flew her to us. From a stray pup living on the streets in Houston to a spoiled doggo living in Canada, she’s living the dream now!

  16. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I lost one of my cats in September and Im still reeling from it. He was the love of my life. When I read about Mandy’s cat passing away suddenly it reminded me so much of my sweet little Declan. My heart went out to her. I’m so glad her dog is doing okay.

  17. Dragonlady Sakura says:

    Happy birthday! I wish you 50 more and promise you’ll party for the rest of us. 🎉

    • Hecate says:

      Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes. I think it’s going to be a great weekend and appreciate you all celebrating with me.

  18. c8h10n4o2 says:

    Just FYI: If you have glass ornaments that a pup might have eaten, DON’T make them throw up. They can tell if they have glass in them with an x-ray (or you can find out the way that I did and see bits of glass & blood in the waterbowl), and then they feed them cotton balls covered with baby food which wraps around the glass and lets it come out “naturally”.

    Thanks to my old hemophiliac black lab mix who we rescued and kept alive for three years. He was fine from that. Didn’t need the baby food to eat the cotton balls either. The vet told us after that he’d never seen a dog that full of glass.

  19. Idsmith says:

    My dog swallowed a tennis ball whole. We didn’t find out for months. We’re so lucky he didn’t choke to death. He was having serious stomach issues, the vet thought he had a cancerous tumour in his stomach. It was an expensive surgery, the vet called us afterwards overjoyed that it was a ball and not a tumour. He kept it in a jar in his office to warn others. My dog was a lab and lived to proudly carry that ball at the back of his mouth to show off and protect it so you couldn’t get it from him. I’ve warned others since that day, so relieved he didn’t die, but he had stomach health issues the rest of his life. I miss you Sam, what a great dog.

  20. Wilady says:

    Just picked up our Chihuahua rescue today! She’s sleeping on my lap in front of the fire now.

    We lost our 14 year old pit-lab rescue last summer and it was honestly traumatic for me, so this feels extra sweet. Cheers for adopted animals!

    • xilco895 says:

      My son had a beautiful lab named Bella. She also liked to eat all sorts of non food things. Rather than a tennis ball (which he had concerns about her eating) he gave her a partially deflated soccer ball to play with. He would throw it and she loved to chase it and then trot around wanting him to try and take it from her. Such an angel. She had to be put down at fourteen due to multiple health issues. She was a great dog. We all miss her very much.