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Morning Mail: Dog eats man’s Masters tickets. Ruh-roh.

Apr 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT


Seattle resident Russ Berkman was all set for a great golf trip: he was about to leave for Augusta with three friends to play some golf and then watch Wednesday’s Masters practice round. Sounds like a great plan: but Berkman hadn’t done a very good job securing those tickets. When he got home on Tuesday to get ready for the trip, he found that his dog, Sierra, had eaten them.

Yep, all that remained of the four tickets were the strings, lying on the floor. But Berkman told KJR Radio in Seattle (audio here) that instead of weeping uncontrollably, he went into action. He fed his dog Hydrogen peroxide (safe for animals) so that he would cough up the pieces of the tickets. Then he laboriously pieced together the ticket pieces and took photos of them, hoping that Augusta officials would then issue him new ones.

Apparently feeling that a man who would spend the day sifting through dog vomit to watch a practice golf round was admirable, Augusta issued four new tickets. As for Sierra? Bad dog! … oh, how can we stay mad at you?


Your police blotter item of the day: Another student, who had stripped down to his boxer shorts, was immediately arrested after attempting to dry hump a deputy’s leg …

Meanwhile, in Minneapolis …

“No, Donny, these men are nihilists. There’s nothing to be afraid of.”

  1. alligatorsnapper - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    “The dog ate my homework” did not work for me so many decades ago, but I did not know about hydrogen peroxide, nor would have done what Berkman did. Berkman? That is the name of a road near the Augusta National Golf Course. There are great people working at the National and I am glad they replaced his tickets. That was something reasonable to do, that is for sure, after all his “work.” Great volunteers at the National as well, everyone who lives in Augusta takes a week off and goes somewhere else so the 300,000 plus autos will have room on the roads. A great place to live and to visit. A beautiful golf course to play and a great tournament to watch in person or on tv.