The United States federal government may be shut down, but they fulfilled one budgetary request before heading out the door.
They sent a Montana man a $500 reimbursement for the money his dog ate last winter.
Wayne Klenkel and his family had the stinky job of digging through their dog Sundance’s excrement, trying to find pieces of the five $100 bills Sundance ate by accident.
The journey began in December when Sundance was left in the car and the money was placed in the console. When the family returned, only one half of one bill remained, which was found on the seat.
Klinkel and the family followed the dog for months scooping and meticulously taking the pieces of the money into the house where it was cleaned in a bucket of dish soap and put back together. Klinkel’s daughter found more money after the snow melted in the spring. Klinkel had been told that he needed to find at least 51 percent of the money; he finally felt he had enough to send the request to the Federal Reserve for a reimbursement in April.
He was also told it could take up to two years for the Federal Reserve to make a determination.
Surprisingly, he received his check on Monday.
"It was great to get the check after all the crap I went through," Klinkel joked to a reporter at the Helena Independent Record, where he is a graphic artist.
There was no correspondence with the check, but printed on the check were the words, “MUT.CURR REFUND.”
Klinkel and his family said they’ve known Sundance would eat just about anything since they adopted the 13-year-old golden retriever from a Wyoming shelter years ago, and they say he’s gotten “weirder” as he’s aged.
Now minus an eye since having a growth removed this year, Sundance is still a beloved member of the family.
However, Klinkel, who doesn’t carry a wallet due to back problems, makes sure his money is safely put away anytime Sundance is around.
Editor's Note: Image above is not of Sundance (Milisi Art/via Shutterstock)