A mum-of-three claims she didn't know whether to "laugh or cry" after her mischievous dog ate £100 of her savings.
Jocelyn Horne thought her boyfriend Allan Kinrade was playing a prank on her after she returned home to discover the money she had been collecting on her bedside table had vanished.
But after searching high and low, the 35-year-old realised the small fortune had been ripped apart and devoured by her miniature poodle pup Peggy.
At first all that remained to suggest the naughty 10-month-old dog could be behind it was a solitary piece of a £20 note lying on the floor.
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However the next morning the mum's worst fears were confirmed when she spotted the remainder of the cash in a pile of her pooch's sick on her kitchen floor.
Despite Jocelyn being "absolutely gutted" by the revelation, 41-year-old boyfriend Allan and her three children Isla Horne, 7, Lola Parish, 11 and Rhys Parish, 15, have found Peggy's shenanigans 'hilarious'.
The beautician couldn't stay mad at a rather sheepish Peggy for long but has vowed to keep any amount of cash out of her reach in the future.
Jocelyn Horne, of Douglas, Isle of Man, said: "Peggy wants to chew everything and anything that hits the floor – I'm always picking up after her.
"I keep my bedroom door closed because of her and I came in and could just see a single piece of £20 on my bed.
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"I searched high and low, couldn't find anything else and thought there's no way she's eaten £100 – she couldn't have.
"I actually thought it was my boyfriend playing a joke on me as he kept laughing and I was still adamant that I must've misplaced it."
Jocelyn woke up the next morning to discover that Peggy had in fact torn up and eaten five £20 notes, as the proof was lying in a pile on her kitchen floor.
Jocelyn said: "Normally when she gets hold of something like toilet roll holders or the post, she just shreds it to pieces – she doesn't actually swallow it.
"I don't know why she decided to swallow these £20 notes, and they mustn't have gone down very well.
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"I thought I'd wash them to see if I can get the serial numbers because then you can possibly get your money back, but she'd just thrown up parts of each note as if to really take the mickey.
"There was no hope of getting the serial numbers for the cash – not unless I wanted to go through what came out of her back end – and I won't be doing that."
It was too early for the mother-of-three to laugh at Peggy's antics, but she thought her Facebook friends would and decided to share her ordeal.
Jocelyn said: "I didn't find it funny at the time – it was £100, I was absolutely gutted.
"I took pictures to send to my boyfriend to show him what had happened.
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"Most people just find it hilarious, but know the pain that you're going through because it's a lot of money.
"My children also found it hilarious – they don't know what £100 means.
"I still don't know whether to laugh or cry – I look at her and I think I bloody love you, but you've swallowed £100."
Jocelyn eventually saw the funny side to Peggy's mischief and has forgiven her – although she won't be leaving even a "teeny bit" of cash lying around again.
Jocelyn said: "That day I couldn't look at her, and she kept looking at me.
"She knew that she'd done something wrong and I think she was kind of laughing at me to be honest.
"She's always got a smile on her face, but you can't stay mad at her, I wish I could, but I can't.
"She is such a good dog – everybody comments on what a lovely natured and happy dog she is.
"She's brilliant and so gentle with my children – there's not an ounce of badness in her."
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