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So, last night I went to feed our two resident goldfish, Dozer and Lukas. I noticed that Dozer had gotten a huge gravel rock stuck sideways in his mouth and he could not free it. He was clearly distressed, swimming erratically and he kept smashing his head into the tank. I was really upset and at first I thought he would be able to free the rock, but it just kept getting more and more stuck. At one point he swallowed the rock and spit it back up, but it still jammed in the same place. The only way he could get it out of his mouth/throat was swallowing it, which would cause a huge blockage and he would die <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">. Panicked I called my boyfriend over from the couch to help and he made me go get a light for him. He then, with his bare hands caught Dozer very carefully(As not to stress him) and tried to use gravity to get the rock out. When that didn't work, he attempted to massage the stone out with no luck. A final attempt was made when he caught Dozer again and using a pair of tweezers and holding Dozers mouth open, reached in, turned the stone and pulled it out- Effectively preforming an emergency life saving procedure on our much loved fishie. These two fish are even more special to me, because I actually got their eggs from a pond and they hatched right in the kitchen of my apartment. I would have been devestated if I lost Dozer. Thank goodness for my calm under pressure and ever loving SO. I am a lucky lady. I know he puts up with so much from me and my animals(for a sampler, bottle fed socially inept cat who thinks he is people, blind guinea pig, toothless cat, rat with a head tilt, and now fish who almost died trying to eat a rock.).<br><br>
I've determined this is the measure of love- If your SO is willing to implement over the top, emergency procedures to save your goldfish. Yup...No doubt about it, that is the gold standard. This man has sat in emergency vet waiting rooms at 2am bottle feeding my sick baby kittens, held my seizuring hamster as he passed away, came home from work to lift my poor deceased rattie from the cage so I wouldn't have to, helped me hold down our cat for butt shaves and dealing with constant food snatching from my greedy feral cat. Can I really doubt he is the one at this point?
 

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Aw, bless him! Yay for the fishie being ok <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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This is adorable. What an awesome boyfriend!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"><br><br>
Glad Dozer is OK!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:">
 

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He sounds like a good person. I assume he can also relate well to your veg*nism, whether or not he's veg*n himself, because he's showing that much concern for animals.
 

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Wow...that's awesome. What an amazing, special man you have there. He's a keeper for sure!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br>
Yes you are indeed very lucky! It's great that you realize how great he is and appreciate him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Earthling</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2850668"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Awww!<br><br>
How is Dozer? Does he seem to have forgotten his trauma?</div>
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Yeah- he bounced back quick. It's like it never happened! Ah, to have the goldfish mind.
 

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This is such a great story. Your boyfriend sounds great. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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good to know Dozer recovered nicely.<br>
"calm under pressure" types are the best. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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My mom once spent about 30 minutes getting one of our fish out of the bubbler machine after he somehow got in. We plugged it up after that and made sure to be extra careful.<br><br>
Anyways, that is a sweet story, but I suggest you get a replacement gravel/sand that is smaller and the fish would have an easier time eating and spitting out. Fish like to do that a lot, they pull a rock in and lick the substances off the surface for extra nutrients and to get as many calories as possible.
 
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