http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orl-grenade2706apr27,0,1982037.story?coll=orl-news-headlines Pit bull digs up trouble in west Orlando backyard Fifty the dog unearthed what may be an unexploded World War II-era grenade. Willoughby Mariano | Sentinel Staff Writer Posted April 27, 2006 E-mail this article Printer friendly version Most e-mailed articles News on your cell ADVERTISEMENTS Fifty the dog likes digging. Digging for bugs, digging for trash, digging for the pure joy of digging. On Wednesday, the pit bull's favorite pastime yielded a possible World War II-era grenade. Adblock Owner Vivian Rogers spotted the explosive as she raked the backyard of her west Orlando home. "I was putting the leaves in the trash and it landed right there," said Rogers, 30. Fifty, named after famous rapper 50 Cent, is an 8-month-old white-and-tan puppy. Since January, when Rogers bought the Aqua Court house, he has resided in the backyard. His hobbies are burrowing and chewing. "He's a digger, an ant lover," Rogers said. Therefore it was no surprise Tuesday when he dug through the garbage and scattered it across her backyard. Rogers, a mother of three, surveyed the mess late that night and decided to go to bed. "I was too tired," she said. Wednesday morning began typically. Rogers fed Fifty, grabbed a rake and started cleaning up. Among the usual waste was a rusted, greenish object with what appeared to be a pin at the top. It was small enough to fit in your hand. Rogers thought it was a smoke bomb, but called her father to make sure. Using expertise developed through years of viewing war movies, he surmised it was a grenade and told her to call 911. Firefighters arrived shortly after 10 a.m., saw the device and told her to leave immediately. Rogers brought the dog inside the house and put shoes on her children, ages 12, 7 and 3. The kids were still wearing their pajamas as they drove to the home of Rogers' grandmother. Fifty remained at Rogers' house, which caused her grandmother much distress. "It was like she was more worried about the dog than me," Rogers said. The device may have been a replica of a grenade, but Orlando firefighters treated it as an actual one as a precaution, Assistant Chief Greg Hoggatt said. "For our purposes, if it looks like one, it is one," he said. Firefighters evacuated the neighborhood and called out the bomb squad, which lowered the object into a "bomb trailer," which is something like a giant soup pot, but made from steel, Hoggatt said. If the device were to explode, the bomb trailer would prevent shrapnel from flying. Firefighters gave the possible grenade to military officials, who typically destroy explosives by blowing them up. It's not clear how the device arrived in Rogers' Carver Shores backyard. Rogers moved in only four months ago, and the house has changed hands four times since it was built in 1968, according to Orange County property records. "There's a lot of investigation that has to be done because we don't like those hand grenades just popping up anywhere," Hoggatt said. Rogers said she has been shaken by her dog's discovery. Firefighters assured her that there are no more grenades in her backyard, but Rogers can never be too careful, she said. "I don't think anyone's going into the backyard for a while," she said. Fifty isn't going there, either. "He's a front-yard dog now," Rogers said. Willoughby Mariano can be reached at [email protected] or 407-420-5171.