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.”







69 comments

  • June 21, 2012 2:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    AWE!

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  • June 21, 2012 2:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ronald

    Maybe the Retriever wants a sandwich

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  • June 21, 2012 2:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

    awww. how sweet :)

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  • June 21, 2012 2:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dana

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

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  • June 21, 2012 2:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christie

    That’s too funny!

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    June 21, 2012 2:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Wateka

    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.

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    June 21, 2012 2:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Vince

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

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  • June 21, 2012 2:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Alyssa

    Hahaha! Awwwww!

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    June 21, 2012 2:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Caroline

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

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    June 21, 2012 2:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patti

    animals are so funny!

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    June 21, 2012 2:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kacy

    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.

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    June 21, 2012 2:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    well he is a retriever lol

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    June 21, 2012 2:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Claire

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

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    June 21, 2012 2:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Courtney

    Someone needs to watch Les Misérables! <3

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    June 21, 2012 2:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    Awesome.

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    June 21, 2012 2:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lindsay

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

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    June 21, 2012 2:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Vincent

    she is on a mission <3

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  • June 21, 2012 2:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    King

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

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    June 21, 2012 2:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue

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

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    June 21, 2012 2:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Janet

    ♪ I don’t mind stealing bread…♫

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    June 21, 2012 2:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Angie

    That’s so cute!

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    June 21, 2012 2:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brenda

    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?

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  • June 21, 2012 2:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Amanda

    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…?

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    June 21, 2012 2:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Matthew

    Somebody make her a sandwich!

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    June 21, 2012 2:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Randy

    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 ..

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  • June 21, 2012 2:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rita

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

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    June 21, 2012 2:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mona

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

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  • June 21, 2012 2:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rockie

    we will never know!!!

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    June 21, 2012 2:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kitty

    good girl!

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    June 21, 2012 2:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Trudi

    Perhaps she is trying to tell them something…….

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  • June 21, 2012 2:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Melanie

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

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  • June 21, 2012 2:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cornelia

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

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  • June 21, 2012 2:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Wendy

    she must be related to my dog:)

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    June 21, 2012 2:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    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.

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    June 21, 2012 2:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cécile

    “home instinct” ??

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  • June 21, 2012 2:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cat

    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.

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    June 21, 2012 2:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michele

    LOL! My old Blue dog used to do that.

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  • June 21, 2012 2:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    John

    bring home the bacon

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  • June 21, 2012 2:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marcel

    hauahauha show

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    June 21, 2012 2:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tony

    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:)))))

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    June 21, 2012 2:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jeana

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

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    June 21, 2012 2:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sarah

    she is prepping for the zombie apocalypse

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  • June 21, 2012 2:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Steve

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

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    June 21, 2012 2:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bob

    Teach her to steal cake or booze!

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  • June 21, 2012 2:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Loretta

    maybe she wants to feed some ducks!

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  • June 21, 2012 2:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Edward

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

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  • June 21, 2012 2:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pauline

    its a gift for the family. how cute

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  • June 21, 2012 2:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Paula

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

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    June 21, 2012 3:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jean

    She is an adorable loaf herself

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  • June 21, 2012 3:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mychelle

    Haha! Cute!

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    June 21, 2012 3:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lou

    Awe, he wants a sandwich, lol!

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    June 21, 2012 3:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    William

    A good dog will do that.

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    June 21, 2012 3:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joanna

    Hey that’s a dog looking out for you

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  • June 21, 2012 3:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patty

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

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    June 21, 2012 3:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    David Deborah

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    June 21, 2012 4:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    cute

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  • June 21, 2012 4:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Robert

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

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    June 21, 2012 4:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Renee

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

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  • June 21, 2012 4:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lori

    Good dog. I’ll pay for the bread

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  • June 21, 2012 5:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Allie

    Obviously knows something we don’t… :-o

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  • June 21, 2012 6:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dante

    Sole bread winner

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    June 21, 2012 7:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Shannon

    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.

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  • June 21, 2012 7:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

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

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  • June 21, 2012 7:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    :)

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  • June 21, 2012 9:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Evelin

    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…..

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  • June 21, 2012 9:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Maureen

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

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    June 21, 2012 11:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Steven

    Maybe the retriever thinks his owner is “loafing”

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    June 21, 2012 11:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mandy

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

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    June 22, 2012 5:37 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

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

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