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Man makes headlines when he leaves millions to 8-year-old dog in his will
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Sasha Alonzo
05.04.22

Dogs rely on their owners to be fed, bathed and taken care of. While some owners don’t give their dogs enough attention there are others that spoil their dogs like crazy.

Meet Bill

When Bill Dorris, a businessman from Tennessee got a Border Collie, he promised that he’d take care of her and her needs.

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Bending over hand and foot for Lulu

He remained faithful to that promise. Lulu lived a very comfortable life with the rich Tennessee man. Even after his death, Bill prioritized Lulu’s needs.

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A single man

Unmarried, he had left her in the care of Martha Burton, his 88-year-old friend. He fully trusted her to make sound decisions involving Lulu’s welfare.

Apart from ensuring that the dog will be looked after, Bill also left a good amount of money for Lulu’s care.

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Not a shock to Martha

His will read:

“Five million dollars will be transferred to a trust to be formed upon my death for the care of my border collie, Lulu.”

It included instructions on how the money should be used. It also made clear that the dog is to stay with Martha.

The old lady wasn’t surprised.

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There are rules

She shared:

“I don’t really know what to think about it to tell you the truth. He just really loved the dog.”

Although Lulu received a big amount of money, she can’t spend it as she pleases.

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There’s a conservator who will approve and reimburse Martha for the cost of caring for Lulu based on her reasonably monthly expenses. Martha admits that there’s no way they could ever spend that much money.

She jokingly said:

“Well, I’d like to try.”

The story easily went viral.

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Mixed feelings

Well, people don’t always get to hear a story like this so it wasn’t surprising. It drew different reactions from people online, too.

Some people expressed concern about Martha’s safety.

In relation to this, one Youtube user said:

“I wish they wouldn’t have showed her face on tv because there are crazy people out here who will see as an opportunity for them to take advantage.”

Another one was worried about Lulu. He commented:

“Good for him. They need to watch for people that want to steal the dog.”

Bill loved making people talk

This wasn’t the first time Bill shocked the people around him and made headlines.

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He had a statue of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest built on his property. Although he admitted that it was far from high art, he refused to take the 20-foot-tall statue down. In fact, even after it was vandalized and criticized by a lot of people, the statue remained in place. For him, it was his homage to the Confederacy.

It’s not clear what’ll happen to the statue after Bill’s death. If it goes to the Battle of Nashville Trust, there’s a good chance that it’ll be removed.

An unusual story

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The dog clearly doesn’t need $5 million. However, Bill’s action is actually amusing. Even before his death, he was able to secure Lulu’s future. He was also able to find the right person to look after her. Thanks to him and his money, the dog will be able to live a happy and comfortable life.

Learn more about Lulu’s story in the video below. She may just be the worlds richest dog!

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By Sasha Alonzo
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Sasha Alonzo is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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