November 22, 2013 1:15 pm -

Payton Moody really did have a good excuse.

…Moody, 13, of Englewood, Colo…slaved away for hours on her candy-covered volcano project [and] that story became painfully true not only for her, but for her poor dog, Reggie.

The 2-year-old yellow Labrador got ahold of Payton’s hard work for her eighth grade science class, which had been assembled with more than 50 straight pins holding all the candy pieces securely in place.

“She had chocolate as the mountain and used Twizzlers for lava coming out, with blue M&Ms for water,” Payton’s mother, Kara Moody, told…

Fortunately, the dog made a full recovery after a two-day stay at the veterinarian’s office, although the family says he still hasn’t learned his lesson.