|Toby Welcome Sign created by Phyllis Levine|
Let me go on record right now. I take full responsibility for finding the classified advertisement in the local Irvine/Newport Beach paper. The ad nicely described Basset Hound pups for sale $400. Ever since I was a little girl and became aware of Hush Puppies shoes I have wanted a Basset Hound. I showed the ad to Daniel, our youngest son, who was at the time a high school senior. Daniel signed on immediately to the idea...remarking to his father: "Don't worry, I will walk the puppy. This dog is going to be a chick magnet!" And so, on January 28, 2002, Dennis and Daniel made the short drive to Mission Viejo, CA, and eagerly paid $400 cash for a pure bred Basset Hound.
|"Tobias Wang Helfand"|
Most of the $40,000+ is due to vet bills (Toby gets fatty cysts that need to be removed when they explode or get infected) and home repairs (Toby really is not the sharpest tool or the brightest bulb---real housebreaking did not occur until we brought him to Tucson where we have a fenced yard, and then even now he still has accidents on the saltillo tile).
Here is a run down:
- $13,075 Veterinary bills
- $22,317 Home repairs, new flooring and decking
- $ 2,000 Boarding
- $ 2,400 Food
- $ 500 Judy's out-of-pocket medical expenses for permanent hand injury
- $40,292 TOTAL
So here's to Toby. Happy Birthday to Toby.
|"Should I expect party favors and cake?"|
"Ears which sweep away the morning dew."