I jumped the gun.

Sad to say, but my too-trusting, naive nature (being a school psychologist will do that to you) took a serious bruising yesterday when I wrote about Obama finally getting his puppy.

A newspaper clipping detailing the news was sent to me by a very trusted friend, so I simply believed it was on the up-and-up. Yes, the photo looked photoshopped and I could not find anything online about the event, but it just never occurred to me that a joke was being played.

Unfortunately, this person later revealed that it was merely a hoax, that was meant more as wishful thinking on her part.

I’ve been online 12 years without ever taking such a hit, so I guess I should consider myself lucky.

As a wise sympathizer told me, just be sure to check and re-check such posts from now on, and confirm before publishing. Of course, we all know, that darned hindsight is always 20/20.

Please accept my humble apology.