The saga of Sundance, a rescued and aging golden retriever, began last December while it was accompanying its owner, Wayne Klinkel, and his wife during a road-trip.
The Klinkels stopped at a restaurant while traveling from their home in Montana City, Montana, to visit relatives in Colorado, leaving Sundance inside their locked vehicle. They also left five $100 bills and a $1 bill stashed in a console.
When they returned from their meal, the 12-year-old golden was happy to see them, as usual. They noticed a $1 bill was on the driver’s seat, along with one-half of a $100 bill.
The remainder of the money was nowhere to be seen.
So, for the rest of the trip, Klinkel donned rubber gloves and dutifully followed Sundance as he went about his business, retrieving pieces of currency from his pet’s poop.
He later washed and dried the paper fragments and taped them together, resulting in the better part of all five likenesses of Benjamin Franklin that had taken the scenic route through Sundance’s digestive system.
In April, after checking with different financial institutions for advice on how to proceed, Kinkel submitted the soiled C-notes to the Federal Treasury.
And then, he waited.
A Federal Reserve spokesperson informed him it could take up to 2 years and nothing was guaranteed. But, if more than 51 percent of the bills were identifiable, he would likely be reimbursed for at least a portion of the chewed-up currency.
Last week, the Helena Independent-Record newspaper, where Klinkel is employed as a graphic artist, reported he had finally received a check reimbursing him for the full $500.
And his reaction?
“It was great to get the check after all the crap I went through,” he said.
You can’t make this stuff up.