(These are notable, true stories from the mainstream press. Whether heartwarming, funny, perplexing, or touching, they all serve to remind us how dogs are so entwined in our lives, and sometimes in unique and unusual ways.)
OK, what could you do with $500? Buy a new coat? Make a couple car payments? Have dinner for two at a world-class 5-star restaurant? Put it in the bank? How about let your dog eat it?
That’s what accidentally happened in Helena Montana to Wayne Klinkel when his golden retriever, Sundance, ate a wad worth $500. According to newspaper reports, nothing was left but “one intact dollar bill and a small piece of a single $100 note.”
So Wayne did what every dog owner does when something gets eaten that shouldn't: he collected Sundance’s droppings to get back his money. He cleaned it, taped together many of the pieces and he returned it to the U.S. Government. Seriously. There’s a Mutilated Currency Division within the U.S. Treasury, that made good on Wayne’s efforts and sent him $500 to replace the mutilated notes.
I never knew about this. According to the U.S. Treasury website, “Each case is carefully examined by an experienced mutilated currency examiner.” I bet THAT examiner had a bad day at the office when he or she opened Wayne’s package.
I wonder if the U.S. Government has a division that replaces dog-digested homework?!?
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