The dog really did eat the homework, or, in this case, the petition a South Carolina man was going to file to run for school board.
The Beaufort Gazette reports Friday that Terry Thomas of Ladys Island had a petition with almost 200 signatures when he went out to check the mail.
But when he returned from the mail box, Spencer, his 8-month-old Labrador and bull mastiff mix, had chewed up the petition.
Now Thomas won't be able to run for in November for a spot on the Beaufort County School Board. The retiree is a substitute teacher and an assistant football coach at Beaufort High.
But he says when students use the old "the dog ate my homework" excuse in class, he just might believe them.