For four-legged Cecil, a goldendoodle from Pennsylvania, a well-done steak doesn’t look as tempting as an envelope with… $4,000 inside.

Clayton Law and his wife, Carrie, were doing some fencing work on their home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To pay the contractor they withdrew $4,000 which they placed in an envelope and then left it on the kitchen counter. About 30 minutes later, to their surprise, they found their beloved dog enjoying the most… expensive meal of his life, leaving rough strips and bits of cash scattered everywhere.

“All of a sudden Clayton yelled at me, ‘Cecil’s eating $4,000!'” Carrie Law told the Pittsburgh City Paper. “I thought, ‘I can’t listen to this.’ I almost had a heart attack.”

While Cecil hurried to the couch to take his nap, the couple immediately called the vet to see if he would need any medical attention. Luckily, because Cecil is large, he didn’t have to be taken to the vet.

“Cecil is a dumb guy and very fussy – you can leave a steak on the table and he won’t touch it because he’s not motivated to eat. But, obviously, he’s motivated by money,” jokes Kari, after the first shock.

Cecil had previously shown no interest in things strewn on tables or the kitchen counter, nor was he a dog that caused damage.

“He’s never done any damage before, so we were more shocked than angry,” explains 34-year-old Clayton. “We couldn’t capture it. We looked at each other and said: “What are we going to do?”

So what the two of them could do is start piecing together the shredded scattered pieces of the bills. At the same time, they were waiting for Cecil to “take out” some of the banknotes. Then they began to wash them thoroughly.

“There we were at the sink,” Carrie told City Paper. “It smelled so bad.”

“I never imagined I’d be in a position to launder money, but apparently it’s never too late for the first time,” jokes Carrie.

“We waited for the dog to go to relieve himself so we could recover more pieces. We were laughing at the absurdity of the situation,” adds Clayton.


The couple then tried to tape the damaged $50 and $100 bills together. They tried to trace the serial numbers on both sides of the notes to ensure that banks would accept them and replace them with new notes.

Eventually the bank accepted most of the bills – they couldn’t recover $450 – and told Clayton and Larry that these types of incidents are quite common.