‘In Dog We Trust’ Rug Auctioned off for $9,650

in dog we trust rugIt’s said we learn from our mistakes. A dog rescue group has earned from one well-publicized error.

It took two months (!) for anyone to notice, but the typo “In Dog We Trust” was printed on a new rug in the lobby of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Largo, Fla.

(That’s the rug in the photo, with K-9 officers Axel and Riggs.)

A sheriff’s office spokesperson told WFTS the error was made by the rug’s manufacturer, American Floor Mats, which promised to make a replacement.

Instead of simply disposing of the $500 “In Dog We Trust” rug, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri decided to auction it off and donate all the proceeds to Canine Estates Inc., a non-profit adoption and sanctuary facility in Palm Harbor, Fla.

“The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will not ‘sweep anything under the rug,'” notes the auction page. “Due to extensive interest regarding our plans for the ‘doggone’ rug, you can bid on it here.”

The auction ended at 4 p.m. Eastern Time today. Thanks to someone at American Floor Mats accidentally transposing a “g” and “d” (although I kind of hope it was intentional), Canine Estates Inc. will get a check for … drumroll, please … $9,650, the winning bid.

Dog bless the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the generous winner (who hasn’t yet been identified) and all 83 bidders.

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Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!