In his 31 years as a dentist, Dr. Russ Fitton had never experienced something so bizarre.
On Sunday, Megan Wiersma, a 37-year-old patient from Barrington, called Fitton with an emergency. The night before, Wiersma said, she broke her left front tooth when her 55-pound dog, Moses, yanked his leash out of her hands as she walked down the steps leading to her backyard, causing her to fall face-first.
“I could feel it right away,” she said. “I was fearing the worst.”
Fitton, who practices in Barrington, told Wiersma to find the tooth and bring it in if she could. Her search Sunday, however, came up empty-handed.
That's when Moses went from the goat of this story to its hero.
Later Sunday afternoon, after being let out in the backyard, Moses came back inside and dropped something at Wiersma's feet and gazed up at her. Sitting there was the missing 3-millimeter by 2-millimeter portion of her tooth.
Wiersma said she isn't surprised Moses found the chunk of tooth. But she is surprised he didn't eat it.
“He eats everything,” she said.