Golf fan salvages Masters tickets eaten by dog

One of the 4 tickets that was eaten by Russ Berkman's dog, and then pieced back together after he induced a little reguritation. (KJR/

April 4, 2012 9:52:14 AM PDT
How far would you go to attend one of the largest professional sporting events in the world?

It seems Seattle area resident Russ Berkman had landed himself 4 tickets to the upcoming Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia that starts Thursday.

However, Saturday, the day before he was supposed to leave for a vacation which would include golfing with his buddies and the Masters Tournament, he returned from some errands to find the 4 strings that were attached to the tickets.

But no tickets.

There was also his pet. One guilty-looking Swiss Mountain dog named Sierra.

Berkman, spoke with Seattle sports radio station KJR this morning and relayed the details of the story.

After realizing his pooch had eaten the tickets, Berkman used a little hydrogen peroxide to help the doggie spit the tickets back up... and then commenced an operation to clean and reassemble as much of the tickets as possible.

Needless to say, it was a messy ordeal that involved a spatula, patience and an iron constitution.

With the tickets reassembled as best a possible, and photographic evidence of them, Berkman said in his interview, he headed off for vacation and contacted the people who run the Masters in Georgia, hoping he and his friends could still get a way in to see some of the tournament.

Luckily, the evidence gathered was enough to get the officials to re-issue his tickets.

You can check out more photos and hear the audio of Berkman's interview at KJR's website.