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Have you ever wondered why every time you wash your socks, it’s like you come out with one fewer pair?

What’s the deal? Are they getting stuck in the machine? Did you lose them somewhere in your home without realizing?

Did a group of sock gnomes whisk them away in the night?!

Nope, nadda and no. In fact, the real culprit is probably staring you in the face right now — tongue hanging, tail wagging and wearing a guiltier expression than a kid who just stole a lollipop.

That’s right, your dog. Turns out man’s supposed “best friend” is nothing more than a sock-stealing traitor! Case in point: In February, a veterinarian in Oregon removed 43 and a half socks from a dog’s stomach after it suddenly fell ill (one half sock still hasn’t been accounted for — probably sock gnomes). But the story is only making the rounds now, because of a veterinarian’s contest that awarded prizes for outrageous X-ray photos.

The ordeal began when a family’s Great Dane stopped eating and started vomiting. They decided to take their pet to Portland’s DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, where a vet conducted a quick X-ray. This is what they saw:

X-ray of the dog

A giant mass of something is clearly visible in the dog’s stomach. Whatever this Great Dane was able to get into, it sure had a feast to remember. But after a two-hour operation, the mystery of the missing socks was unintentionally solved:

These are the socks that were removed

And there you have it, friends. Your dog is a thief.

As for the pooch itself? It made a full recovery. Now how can we train it to eat homework?

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