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They’re all good dogs
Published Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 11:00 am
We recently had to say goodbye to a beloved family member.
Sport, the always happy springer spaniel we had loved for almost 15 years, lost his battle with kidney disease. It was a heartbreaking decision to let him go, one complicated by the hope that the toughest dog I’ve ever seen might pull through again.
You see, sport was quite simply remarkable. He came to our family when we weren’t looking for another dog, a four-week-old product from a backyard breeder whose operations were shut down by the police. And he quickly became the most expensive free dog of all time.
At six months he escaped a fence and was hit by a car. Despite the pain, he went home. A week at Auburn University and several titanium screws later, he was back home and swimming carefree in the pool.
A few years later, a trip to the hairdresser’s led to alarm after a mass was felt in his stomach. Surgery later, our beloved vet removed a grapefruit-sized bladder stone, which to date is among the largest ever seen at the same Auburn vet school.
It was the beginning of a lifelong journey of surgeries and infections, special diets and many worries for all of us. Meanwhile, sport remained his always happy, always friendly self, cuddling and swimming, surfing the waves and begging for muffins whenever he got the chance.
So when I stumbled across an article titled, “Meet the World’s Most Expensive Dog and Its Competitors,” I had to laugh. You mean it’s not a sport?
nope As it turns out, the world’s most expensive dog is a Tibetan Mastiff puppy that was sold in China in 2014 for nearly $2 million.
And the French Bulldog — recently named America’s Favorite Dog Breed by the American Kennel Club — also made the top 10 expensive dogs, alongside the Black Russian Terrier, the Samoyed, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Bernese Mountain Dog, the St. Bernard and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, among others. According to this article, it all costs thousands of dollars, and that’s before you factor in the lifetime cost of owning pets, which averages about $1,000 a year.
Still, dogs remain the most popular pet in America, and they should be. Nearly 69 million households owned at least one dog between 2021 and 2022, and most of them are not on the “most expensive dogs” list.
In fact, more than 3.1 million dogs are abandoned in shelters across the country each year, according to the ASPCA. Of these, only 2 million are adopted.
Here at Miss-Lou, you can see their faces each week in the Pet of the Week feature we publish in The Democrat and online, as we feature pets from the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society, Concordia Paws and Hoofbeats, and Pawprints Rescue readers . Much like our beloved sport, these sweet puppies are simply waiting for the right person to come along and give them a new life and hope. They are filled with love, appreciation and joy… and whether they become part of your family for five years or 15, they will leave their pawprints in your heart.
Because we learned at sport that they’re all good dogs, Brent.
Stacy G Graning is regional editor of The Democrat. Contact her at [email protected]