Are things getting so tough with America's economic woes that even man's best friend can't be counted on to obey man's commands anymore?
Or perhaps the real story is that news during Christmastime is traditionally so dull that outlets (like, um, this one) are forced to hold their noses as they go to the dogs?
Either way, a canine is capturing attention for doing the opposite of giving this holiday season on nightly news reports and in newspapers across the country.
"A thief remains at large after pulling off a daring heist - in the pet food aisle," the Associated Press reports. "Surveillance video at a supermarket in this Salt Lake City suburb caught a dog shoplifting, KSL-TV reported Wednesday."
Not wasting time after entering the premises, the dog headed straight for the dog food aisle where he or she selected a choice rawhide bone to chomp on.
Store manager Roger Adamson described the face-off that ensued with the dog: "I looked at him. I said 'Drop it!' He looked at me, and I looked at him, and he ran for the door and away he went, right out the front door."
CNN - after using the word "legend" to describe it - "reconstructs" the pilfering pooch's crime in the following home-taped video which was uploaded to YouTube by a viewer: