Playing with his pups has landed the Gold Coast Mayor back in hospital.
Tom Tate had to go back in to Pindara Private Hospital for three nights last week, after rough-housing with his dogs too soon after surgery to remove bowel cancer late last month.
Gold Coast City Council media manager Warwick Sinclair told News Corp the boisterous Mayor couldn't help himself from playing with his pooches.
"He went home and was wrestling with the dogs, mucking around, and hurt the surgery so he went back in," said Mr Sinclair.
Cr Tate apparently suffered some internal bruising around the area and stayed in hospital from Tuesday until he was given the all clear on Friday.
Despite the set-back, the Mayor still plans on being back at work later this week, to host the final council meeting of the year.