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Jordan Gilletti, from Massachusetts, feared her beloved English bulldog Alice had fallen victim to a terrible accident when she discovered the pooch lying motionless on her bed.
Operations manager Jordan recalled: "I had gone to bed but I think Alice must have snuck up behind me and I didn't realise.
"We live in an old house, so the floorboard is a little bit uneven. I think she must have somehow knocked my dressing table and my lipstick then fell on the floor.
"As I was asleep in bed, with both dogs now in my room, I was woken up by a strange chomping noise."
After getting out of bed and turning on the lights, Jordan nearly jumped out of her skin.
She said: "I initially saw Alice and got the fright of my life. At first, I thought she had blood all over her.
"At that moment my heart completely sank as I thought something really serious had happened."
But mercifully the 30-year-old quickly realised things weren't as bad as they seemed after looking to her older bulldog Edgar for answers.
Jordan said: "I looked at Edgar, and he was chewing an empty lipstick container.
"That's when I realised she had eaten my lipstick and was just waiting for a belly rub from me.
"I was so relieved. It looked like Alice had no regrets and was pretty pleased with herself.
"I was worried that she might become sick from eating it, but thankfully she was completely fine."
But while Alice was unharmed by her ill-advised late-night snack, Jordan had a job getting her clean again.
Still, despite the fright, the cleaning and the loss of her favourite lipstick, Jordan can just about see the funny side now.
She said: "It was so hard to get the lipstick out of her fur, eventually it faded out.
"Although she ate my favourite lipstick, I am so glad that was the case and she wasn't really covered in blood.
"She scared me to death!"
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