The Dog Ate My Passport

 |  Jul 1st 2009  |   4 Contributions


We seem to be on a theme today, dogs who take the fall.

A Wisconsin teen on a class trip to Peru ran into a little trouble with customs before he even got off the ground. Just like the story before this, involving the checkbook, the family dog got blamed.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- A Wisconsin teenager using a classic excuse for evading schoolwork missed a class trip to Peru despite his tale being true: The dog ate his passport.

Officials at Chicago's O'Hare airport told 17-year-old Jon Meier the chewed-on document was fine, but authorities in Miami rejected it and wouldn't let him board the southbound aircraft.

His family's 1-year-old golden retriever, Sunshine, chewed a corner of the document, obscuring some numbers. Meier couldn't get another passport in time to join the trip with his Spanish class from Eau Claire North High School. The 12-day trip ended Monday.

Meier says he can't blame anyone, not even Sunshine: "I love her too much."

Okay, I guess in this case the dog is actually guilty. I'm sure Meier must have been very disappointed not being allowed on the flight, I give him kudos for being such a good sport.

*ADOPTABLE: Beethoven is a 12-year-old golden mix, he's a Muttville foster dog, they rescue senior dogs.
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