Kids can come up with the most elaborate stories as alibis for not having completed homework assignments. Sick relatives are one popular angle, but the most classic tale is, as everyone knows, “the dog ate my homework.” A US teen has been able to prove that this is exactly what happened- by providing x-rays of her dog’s tummy.
Delicious science snack
Teen Payton Moody had constructed a volcano for a school science project using chocolate for the mountain and sweets as water, all pinned securely in place. This yummy snack proved to be too much of a temptation for her two-year-old yellow Labrador, Reggie, according to ABC News.
Payton’s family rushed the dog to the vet to have him x-rayed; the slides revealed more than fifty straight pins lodged in his stomach. The vet also had to deal with the chocolate, as chocolate is toxic for dogs. Some of the pins were removed orally, the rest via surgery. The happy ending is that Reggie has since recovered, and Payton still managed to complete her project in time, getting an A.
Watch: Homework-eating dog via Youtube/ABC News
Sometimes homework is just not completed by kids, but occasionally a child may have a valid excuse. The trouble is, it often falls on parents to take responsibility for last-minute project supplies or books left at school. Almost every parent has had the Sunday night trauma of being asked for empty cereal boxes and wire for a Monday morning assignment deadline.
Another homework destroyer is less obvious: That healthy lunch you packed your kid looks great on the kitchen counter, but it had better be packed in Kevlar: A day spent being bumped around in a school bag can cause leaky juice bottles and, that horror of horrors, smooshed bananas. If you ask any teacher they’ll agree that three out of ten homework books come to school smelling like vrot bananas and are warped from being soaked in juice.
Homework is one of those inevitable tensions. It takes discipline to find the time to do it and, by the end of a long day, parents can struggle to find the energy to make sure kids get it done. If you find that your kids are battling to keep up, you could always get a dog…
What’s the biggest homework disaster your kid has ever had?