As you may (or may not) know, Halley (our 75 pound, 10-year old dog) took it upon herself to “eat” Joel’s Master’s degree last month.

I composed a letter for him to request a new diploma:

Registrar’s Office
University of Wyoming
To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to request a replacement diploma for my Master’s degree in Finance (earned in August 2004).

Although the diploma was framed under glass and inside a cardboard box, this did not stop my overeager dog from tearing apart the box, crashing through the glass in the frame, pawing apart the diploma, and leaving blood stains on the remains. We think she thought there was a dog bone underneath the diploma. I hope it was worth it, as she cut up her nose pretty bad.

Anyways, the diploma is not salvageable (see attached photos) and I would like to request a replacement for it. I have enclosed a check for $50 to replace the lost one if you should approve this request.

Please send the replacement to…etc etc.

Here’s the evidence that I enclosed with the request (as not all requests for new diplomas are granted).

The victim:

The culprit (note the scratched up nose):

While I was on vacation, we did receive a new diploma for Joel, and this response (which we both thought was pretty funny):

Dear Mr. Andersen,

Please find enclosed a replacement copy of your Master of Science diploma as well as your check for $50.00. Considering the fact that your dog did indeed eat your diploma, we have decided to waive the replacement fee. It seems like it is money better put to use toward a future veterinarian bill.

Best wishes to you and your dog; we hope her nose heals soon!

Needless to say, I will make sure that this time, the diploma makes it onto a wall after it gets framed!

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