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Sneaky Dog Caught 'Smiling' After Stealing Grandma's Dentures

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Dogs have an excellent sense of smell and as many owners know, that can get them into a lot of trouble.

Some pups have more sensitive noses than others and live for long walks where they can take in all the smells, and even the dogs who aren’t scenthounds have a superior sense of smell to our own. That sense helps them find hidden “treasures.”

For a Brazilian pup named Luna, the treasure she uncovered — whether through her sense of smell, pure observational skills or that heralded “sixth sense” — was a set of dentures.

Anna Carolina Lima and her pup Luna were visiting her grandmother, who was the owner of the dentures. When grandma decided to take a nap, she tucked them away for safekeeping the way she always does.

“As usual, she put her dentures under the pillow so as not to lose them,” Lima told The Dodo.

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As grandma napped, Lima went out, leaving Luna unattended — but the rescue dog found her own entertainment, unbeknownst to everyone else.

When grandma woke up again, she found neither hide nor hair of her teeth. She and her daughter turned the place upside-down trying to find them.

“She was pretty desperate that she couldn’t find her dentures,” Lima explained. “She and my mom searched everywhere. They searched for hours.”

According to Unilad, Lima also said that Luna played innocent and didn’t give anyone cause for concern:

“Hours later, Luna was playing around the house in the darkness and when I called, she came to me with a cute face and her tail wagging, jumping around, but she did not have them.”

However, Lima admitted that her pup has a penchant for pilfering and that sometimes she even hides her finds. So it shouldn’t have surprised her when she caught the thief red-handed later on.

“I found Luna sitting in the armchair with Grandma’s teeth in her mouth,” the owner said. “She didn’t want to give them back!”

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After a bit of a power struggle, Luna gave up her stolen goods and the dentures were returned, undamaged, to their rightful owner.

“We all laughed a lot!” Lima told The Dodo. “We all love animals.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking