My new motto for Napa’s Daily Growl: In Dogs We Trust!
Have you heard about the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office rug fiasco? After ordering a new rug for the office, and apparently approving a proof, a rug was delivered that was not what they expected. The large green entry-way rug with the sheriff’s logo included the phrase “In Dog We Trust,” instead of “In God We Trust.”
A deputy who was standing in the lobby apparently noticed the misspelling, but there’s no word on how long the rug was in place before the error was noticed. Some news outlets are reporting that the rug had been there for weeks without notice, which I believe, but I cannot confirm. How cool is this? I wonder if there are any canines working for them?
I can just imagine the scene: An administrator receives the proof from the rug company, and approves it. Next, a sly canine office dog sneaks in before the proof can be returned and switches out the spelling from “God” to “Dog” before any of the humans notice. Again, this is just my overactive imagination kicking in, not proven truth, but who knows! It may have happened!
After the sheriff’s department noticed the error, they pulled the rugs (but why?), and reordered a replacement $500 rug from the same rug company. I mean, mistakes happen, right? The rug company even offered to send a replacement at no cost to the sheriff’s department. So what is the sheriff’s department to do with their incorrect rug? Well, it could sit in a closet with other supplies for a few years, or the sheriff’s department could throw it out. You know, they should probably just give the rug to me, since I am quite the crime fighter, and my new motto is “In Dogs We Trust.”
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri had a different idea. I was bummed that I wouldn’t be the new recipient of this awesome rug, but I was super excited about the sheriff’s plan for the rug. Since the rug had already hit the attention of news outlets, he decided to auction it off. 100% of the proceeds from the auction would go to Canine Estates Inc., a Florida rescue and shelter.
The sheriff is a funny guy, too. He renamed the rug “the doggone rug.” Also, in the auction announcement, the sheriff’s office made the following statement, “The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will not ‘sweep anything under the rug.’ As we’d say in New England, that is wicked funny.
With an opening bid of $100, Jane Sidwell, the founder of Canine Estates Inc. was hoping her pet rescue would receive an approximate donation of $500 – the original cost of the rug. Much to her – and well, to be honest, my – surprise, the auction raked in much more money! With 83 total bids, the final cost of the rug at auction was $9,650! The majority of the money will go to veterinarian bills. I wonder if the rescue center will change their motto to “In Dogs We Trust,” or maybe it will be “In the Sheriff We Trust.”
What do you think about the “doggone rug?” Do you like my new motto – “In Dogs We Trust?” Let me know in the comments!
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