Today's Close to Home reminded me of a time when I shared a house with a woman and her daughter. The kid had just started first grade and for the 100th day at school they got a special assignment: They were given a sheet of paper with a 10x10 grid and were asked to glue 100 pieces of breakfast cereal into the boxes.
The kid was an eager student, so she finished her homework right after school, then placed it on the table and went off to play. Unfortunately, her aunt's dog soon discovered the sheet and promptly polished off all cereal...
When we adults realized what had happened, we were rolling on the floor with laughter. The poor girl on the other hand was devastated. She clearly didn't see the humor in the situation and nothing we said could convince her to turn in the homework "as is" the next day with the famous words "Sorry Miss - the dog ate my homework!" (Probably just as well since I bet her elementary school teacher couldn't have kept a straight face either!) In the end the girl's mother took pity with her and quickly replaced all the fruit loops.
Unfortunately, I can't quite remember what happened to the dog but I am pretty sure he survived the glue soaked carb loading, However, I can't rule out a (very minor) belly ache.