The dog really did eat our homework

This trial saved a kid from a potential failed grade

Art by Kristen Frier

One of the world’s unsolved mysteries has resurfaced at the height of the back-to-school frenzy for the summer semester: the homework disappearance case. It’s a case not seen for a while and has caused quite a stir. 

A trial is underway to determine whether or not the dog really ate a young student’s homework. Several pieces of evidence and testimonies were given as proof that an outrageous story was even possible and not just a figment of one’s imagination.  

The first testimony came from the mother, who willingly took a day off work to save her son from getting an F. As the primary witness. She described how it was just a “usual morning” for their family of five. Hearing birds chirp, smelling the aroma of coffee and a hint of burnt toast, and the frantic footsteps of sibling rivalry among her children to see who gets to go to the bathroom first. 

What started as a typical seemingly peaceful day turned miserable and confusing when a shriek was heard upstairs. She recalled that she rushed upstairs to find the horrifying drool-some murder. 

“I saw shredded wet pieces of paper on the floor, and it smelled stinky like a spring mix of grass with maybe a touch of chicken,” the mother said. 

Several photos of the crime scene were taken and presented to support her comment. It can be seen that there was a trail of slobber leading from the unzipped bag on the floor to the dog’s bed, where the sticky shreds of paper were found. 

The young student whose homework was eaten came to the stand and explained what happened to the teacher, who is the acting judge in this trial. 

“I spent the whole weekend working on it without much sleep. I don’t know what to do,” the student said. He explained how he tried to salvage the remnants of his homework from their dog’s mouth, but it was already a pile of goo. 

In the final testimony, the furry culprit was asked to take the stand together with a self-proclaimed dog whisperer. Additional evidence was put up. The dog’s picture was caught at the crime scene with apologetic puppy eyes and long lines of drool dripping from the corners of its mouth. 

The only thing the dog could do was howl, woof, and whine to every question asked, and it even added some non-essential yapping throughout. The dog whisperer explained how the dog tugged and opened the bag and how the homework tasted “papery” and “bland.” 

Bottom line: the dog did not like it. 

The dog shared how he enjoyed the chicken from the kitchen table, which made it more plausible that the dog could go up and reach things thought to be at a safe distance. 

The judge, confused and bewildered as she sat through the student’s defence, determined the dog’s verdict as ‘guilty’ and sentenced him with a “no-treat” sentence of two days. The student was granted amnesty and given a grade of C. 

The case changed the lives of victims who had their homework eaten by their dogs but failed to get the justice and belief they deserved.