Thieving Retriever Steals Bread for Owner

For reasons known only to her, a golden retriever in Camden Australia has been stealing and hoarding loaves of bread for her puzzled owner.

Owner Michael Shaw cannot explain the strange phenomenon: but since Sunday morning, the eight-year-old dog has been returning home with unopened loaves of bread, dropping them on his front step like trophies and proudly waiting to be discovered.

Her total take thus far includes two packs of muffins and 12 loaves of bread, and nobody can figure out where she is taking them from. The nearest store is a ten minute drive away.

Gillie on the run.

“She brings back things quite often, but normally it’s an old gumboot or something like that,” said Shaw. “She has a bit of an insecurity problem so she always has things in her mouth.”

Until someone can figure out what the motivation is for her crime spree, Gillie continues  to deliver the loaves one-by-one with a happy wag of her tail.

“It’s like she’s bringing us gifts – she just lies around all of them,” Shaw said. “She’s on a mission.”


  1. AWE!

  2. Maybe the Retriever wants a sandwich

  3. awww. how sweet :)

  4. That’s funny! I had a golden retriever that stole a loaf of bread out of my neighbor’s house!

  5. That’s too funny!

  6. Wateka says on  06/21/2012 at 2:10 pm

    my boxer/bullmastiff hoards things too, but just random things. He piles them nicely outside and waits for me to come get them. He doesn’t chew them up, my other dog does.

  7. Vince says on  06/21/2012 at 2:10 pm

    RETRIEVER. It is a job description. Living with a Lab I can tell you NEVER throw something that you don’t want returned.

  8. Hahaha! Awwwww!

  9. Caroline says on  06/21/2012 at 2:10 pm

    If he was a Dachshund he’d be the Bread-Weiner!

  10. Patti says on  06/21/2012 at 2:11 pm

    animals are so funny!

  11. Kacy says on  06/21/2012 at 2:11 pm

    Why is she allowed to roam in the streets? I mean, the story is cute but she’s going to get hit by a car, shot or something equally horrible.

  12. Linda says on  06/21/2012 at 2:11 pm

    well he is a retriever lol

  13. Claire says on  06/21/2012 at 2:11 pm

    so cute! I think they need to put 24601 on her collar.

  14. Courtney says on  06/21/2012 at 2:11 pm

    Someone needs to watch Les Misérables! <3

  15. Mary says on  06/21/2012 at 2:11 pm


  16. Lindsay says on  06/21/2012 at 2:12 pm

    what a sweet pup trying to make sure her owner stays fed

  17. Vincent says on  06/21/2012 at 2:12 pm

    she is on a mission <3

  18. Now if only we could get him to steal some peanut butter and jelly!

  19. Sue says on  06/21/2012 at 2:12 pm

    In these tough economic times, she is being proactive in making sure there is food for all….what a good girl!

  20. Janet says on  06/21/2012 at 2:13 pm

    ♪ I don’t mind stealing bread…♫

  21. Angie says on  06/21/2012 at 2:13 pm

    That’s so cute!

  22. Brenda says on  06/21/2012 at 2:13 pm

    She is so cute, but why is she allowed to roam the streets, however rural they may be? Aren’t the owners concerned she may be hit by a vehicle?

  23. makes me wonder where’s she’s getting all the bread and how she’s doing it! maybe some kind of scavenger game and the only thing on the list is “loaf of bread,” lol…?

  24. Matthew says on  06/21/2012 at 2:14 pm

    Somebody make her a sandwich!

  25. Randy says on  06/21/2012 at 2:15 pm

    How funny is this .. Maybe there is a person with a read route that lives close by .. And he leaves his truck open at night ..

  26. If Jean ValJean had a golden retriever he never would have gone to prison. :-) Okay now, who gets the reference?

  27. Mona says on  06/21/2012 at 2:16 pm

    it would be a good partner for my teenage-son. 😀 every minute he is hungry…

  28. we will never know!!!

  29. Kitty says on  06/21/2012 at 2:18 pm

    good girl!

  30. Trudi says on  06/21/2012 at 2:19 pm

    Perhaps she is trying to tell them something…….

  31. It is cute but why is she running around, roaming free? It is dangerous for her sake, especially since she is a thief.

  32. At least he is not “loafing aound”….the breadwinner in the family??!!

  33. she must be related to my dog:)

  34. Anonymous says on  06/21/2012 at 2:24 pm

    They should put a pet cam on her collar to see where she goes! I would love to see the video. This is so funny.

  35. Cécile says on  06/21/2012 at 2:25 pm

    “home instinct” ??

  36. She’s been doing it for a week, apparently nobody seems to mind so why are people saying she’s a thief and shouldn’t be running around? Perhaps this is a safe neghborhood where everyone knows her and she’s merely visiting the neighbors? I think it’s cute and for a dog at 8 years old sometimes you need some oddities to keep you entertained.

  37. Michele says on  06/21/2012 at 2:31 pm

    LOL! My old Blue dog used to do that.

  38. bring home the bacon

  39. hauahauha show

  40. Tony says on  06/21/2012 at 2:40 pm

    Its quite simple really,,, He’s thanking his Owner for all the wonderful times that they have had together,:)))) or else he just doe’nt have enough money to buy something:)))))

  41. Jeana says on  06/21/2012 at 2:41 pm

    Okay, this is so freaking cute!! I love it :)

  42. Sarah says on  06/21/2012 at 2:41 pm

    she is prepping for the zombie apocalypse

  43. We once had a dog that would come into our bedrooms and steal socks. He would leave socks all over the house.

  44. Bob says on  06/21/2012 at 2:44 pm

    Teach her to steal cake or booze!

  45. maybe she wants to feed some ducks!

  46. Wanted her owner to have a lot of “dough”?

  47. its a gift for the family. how cute

  48. At least she’s going ‘with the grain’.

  49. Jean says on  06/21/2012 at 3:04 pm

    She is an adorable loaf herself

  50. Haha! Cute!

  51. Lou says on  06/21/2012 at 3:09 pm

    Awe, he wants a sandwich, lol!

  52. William says on  06/21/2012 at 3:10 pm

    A good dog will do that.

  53. Joanna says on  06/21/2012 at 3:24 pm

    Hey that’s a dog looking out for you

  54. Goldens like bread like its crack. I had one that always stole bread and one of my friends did too.

  55. David Deborah says on  06/21/2012 at 3:37 pm

  56. Michelle says on  06/21/2012 at 4:02 pm


  57. attach a GoPro camera on your dog …..and you’l find out . // youtube – GoPro on dog……

  58. Renee says on  06/21/2012 at 4:25 pm

    lol Reminds me of the cat thief. He’d steal anything, from bras to gardening gloves. lol

  59. Good dog. I’ll pay for the bread

  60. Obviously knows something we don’t… 😮

  61. Sole bread winner

  62. Shannon says on  06/21/2012 at 7:33 pm

    Retrievers retrieve. And in order to feel productive, they will keep binging you stuff. This one probably does not hunt but she has taken that instinct to provide for the pack and has actually satisfied that need by binging food!. That instinct is a common behavior among wolves when the pack shares, particularly if there are young. It is the trait that was zeroed in on when retrieving breeds were developed. She would have been a world class hunter if circumstances were different.

  63. Aww! How appropriate for a dog to take care. It’s not just cats that do that…don’tcha know!?

  64. :)

  65. My Weimaraner brought home two chicken so far (thank god still alive!) and could not believe that I let them escape after all her hard work to catch them! It was her way to thank me for everything we share with her! I
    Praised her for the dead iguana though…..

  66. that’s funny. she’s the “breadwinner”.

  67. Steven says on  06/21/2012 at 11:06 pm

    Maybe the retriever thinks his owner is “loafing”

  68. Mandy says on  06/21/2012 at 11:41 pm

    I need a dog like that. But instead of bread it should bring back bags of dough $$$$$…..

  69. Anonymous says on  06/22/2012 at 5:37 am

    How funny, could you teach her to bring back money or jewellery instead of bread!

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