The Price of Love

Recently, I read about Big Splash, the world’s most expensive dog. Big Splash is a Tibetan Mastiff, a rare breed of dog that sold for $1.5 million! 

According to the article, the proud new owner of the 180 pound and still-growing pup, was reported to be a coal baron from northern China. Spending mega bucks on mega mastiffs is not unusual in China. The elite are hungry for luxuries and dogs have supplanted sports cars and jewelry as the newest status symbols.

Although this Tibetan Mastiff may have been the most expensive dog on record, there are other expensive breeds as well.

Akitas can go for about $3500.

Exotic Pharaoh hounds can ring in at $6500.

Even a Rottweiler can command up to $6000.

However, you don’t have to spend a fortune on love.  Just look as far as your nearest shelter.

The shelter nearest to me is St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey. Recently they were in the news when they welcomed 25 poodles that were discovered during a municipal inspection on a house, occupied by a hoarder, that was subsequently condemned.  St. Hubert’s rescue vehicle, The Zephyr, bought them in where they were examined, vaccinated, and had matted coats shaved into puppy cuts. 

All in all, they are a resilient group and enjoy handling, special attention, and companionship of the staff.  They will soon become available for meet and greet visits with potential adopters. Best of all, you don’t have to drop a cool million to adopt one of these poodles or one of the other wonderful dogs at St. Hubert’s. It’s $275 for an adult dog and $300 for a puppy which includes evaluation, shots, medical and dental treatment, if needed, and neutering. Compared to Big Splash, it’s a small price to pay for unconditional love.


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