Talk about man’s best friend. When Tennessee businessman Bill Dorris died late last year, the 84-year-old left $5 million to his eight-year-old border collie, Lulu. Dorris’ friend, Martha Burton, had already been watching Lulu for him for several years by the time he passed away said, “I don’t really know what to think about it, to tell you the truth. He just really loved the dog.”
The will specifies that the $5 million is to be placed in a trust to provide for Lulu’s care and that the dog should remain with Burton. She is to be reimbursed for normal monthly expenses as approved by a conservator managing the trust. But just because Lulu the dog is now a millionaire, that doesn’t mean Burton will be buying lavish gifts or any other expensive treats, as it likely won’t be possible to spend all the money caring for one dog.
This also isn’t exactly a unique situation. It’s actually more common than many people may expect for pet owners to leave money for their furry friends after dying. Infamous tax fraudster Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her dogs after she died in 2007. Businesswoman Muriel Siebert left $100,000 to her Chihuahua named Monster Girl. And actress Lauren Bacall left $10,000 for the care of her dog.