"The dog ate my underwear." True story. An employee, notorious for malingering on flimsy excuses, called in sick because "...the dog ate my underwear." This being the last straw, she was fired. To prove her point, she took her dog to work with the aforementioned article hanging out of the dog's anus. Her vet had insisted she remain with her pet and watch closely for signs of possibly fatal intestinal obstruction.