Telling the teacher "the dog ate my homework" was never the best excuse, but a Montana man hopes for a positive response when he tells the U.S. Treasury Department the dog ate his $500.
Around Christmas while travelling to visit his daughter, Wayne Klinkel's dog, Sundance, ate five $100 bills in his vehicle, the Helena Independent Record reports.
Klinkel said his 12-year-old golden retriever is notorious for eating anything, but he knew from experience dogs don't digest paper.
He picked most of two bills out of the dog's poop, and when the snow recently started to melt, Klinkel's daughter found more pieces in her yard.
He told the newspaper he soaked the money in water and dish soap for a week before putting the pieces together.
Two local banks laughed at his plight but told him to send what's left of the bills to the Treasury and if the Treasury believes what happened, Klinkel could receive a cheque for the $500.
He'll have to wait up to two years for a response.