We purchased Brodie from a breeder when he was 1 year of age. We had just put our previous Golden Retriever down at the graceful age of 14 and did not think we could survive puppy stage again.
Within the first 6 months of owning Brodie, he had 3 different abdominal surgeries -- all for eating (and not passing) stones. Luckily we insured him after the first surgery and were reimbursed on the second and third. We jokingly asked the vet to install velcro on his stomach during the 3rd surgery so we could in the future just reach in and pull the stones out.
On April Fools Day that year, we renamed the veterinary clinic with a banner calling it "Brodie's Veterinary Clinic" and installed a temporary parking space in front of the clinic labelled "VEP parking" (Very Expensive Pet). Glad to have supported our veterinarians retirement fund.
Brodie still sometimes treats us to 3:30 a.m. vomiting up of rocks on our bedroom floor but luckily the most recent ones have involved smaller stones that have resolved that way (or via the other end) and we have not had to seek any additional veterinary surgical expertise!