Seems a couple got a brand new, top of the line, Jeep Cherokee for Christmas and drove it to visit relatives in Michigan. The guys decided to do that male bonding ritual of duck hunting.
So they load up the Cherokee with decoys, food, beer, guns, the hunting dog, warm clothes, etc. and head off for the lake. Now it's a little known fact that when duck hunting in cold climates like that, it's common to drive the truck out onto the ice.
Now, they want to make some kind of natural landing area for the ducks, something for the decoys to float on. Remember, it's all ice and in order to make a hole large enough to look like something a wandering duck wants to fly down and land on, it's going to take a little more effort than an ice-hole drill.
Out of the back of the new Grand Cherokee comes a stick of dynamite with a short, 40-sec fuse. Now these two rocket scientists do take into consideration that if they place the stick of dynamite on the ice at a location far from where they are standing (and the new vehicle), they take the risk of slipping on the ice when they run from the burning fuse and possibly going up in smoke with the resulting blast. So they decide to light this 40-second fuse and throw the
Remember a couple of paragraphs back when it mentioned the vehicle, the beer, the guns, and the dog --- a highly trained Black Lab used for retrieving, especially things thrown by the owner.
You guessed it. The dog takes off at a high rate of speed on the ice and gets the stick of dynamite with the burning 40-second fuse about the time it hits the ice ... all to the woes of the two guys who are yelling, stomping, waving their arms, and wondering what the heck to do now.
The happy dog heads back, with the stick of dynamite, to the mounting woes of the two guys now "really" waving their arms, yelling even louder, and jumping higher than ever before.
Now one of the guys decides to think, something he has never done before, grabs a shotgun, and shoots the dog. The shotgun is loaded with #8 duck shot, hardly big enough to stop a Black Lab on its appointed rounds. The dog stops for a moment, slightly confused and continues on. Another shot and this time the dog, still standing, becomes really confused and scared, thinking these two have gone insane and takes off to find cover, with the now extremely short fuse burning on the stick of dynamite.
The cover the dog finds? Underneath the brand new $30,000 Grand Cherokee sitting on the lake ice.
The dog dies, and it and the brand new $30,000 Grand Cherokee with the $400+ monthly payments sink to the bottom of the lake, leaving the two candidates for Co-Leaders of the Known Universe
standing there with this "I can't believe this happened" look on their faces.
Later, the owner of the vehicle calls his insurance company which tells him sinking a vehicle in a lake by the illegal use of explosives is not covered. He had yet to make the first of those $400+ a month payments. I feel pretty sorry... for the dog - don't you?