June 9, 2011

The end of Trouble.

Trouble, the dog that inherited $12 million from Leona Helmsley has died at the age of 12. A judge later reduced the amount to $2 million, saying when the dog's official caretaker said he could get by on $100,000 a year: "$8,000 for grooming, $1,200 for food and the rest for his fee and a full-time security guard."
The security was necessary after John Codie, a trustee of the $8 billion charitable trust, reported that Trouble had received 20 to 30 death and kidnapping threats....

Helmsley, who cut two grandchildren out of her will and evicted her son's widow after his death, was often seen cuddling the canine, which was always impeccably dressed.

Helmsley, who did 18 months in federal prison on tax evasion charges in the early 1990s, wanted Trouble interred with her in the 12,000-square-foot family mausoleum in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Westchester County.
But maybe you've noticed: Cemeteries for human being have a policy against the inclusion of nonhuman remains. Otherwise you'd see dogs buried next to people all over the place.

17 comments:

Bob said...

Weirdest place I ever saw a pet cemetery was atop Fortress Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. It's an old masonry/brick fort that guards the entrance to Hampton Roads; Robert E. Lee and Edgar Allan Poe served there while in the Army, and Confederate States President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned there after the Civil War.

Curious George said...

Maybe you haven't noticed that there are often exceptions made for policies that effect the wants of millionaires.

ironrailsironweights said...

Is it okay to put human stiffs in pet cemeteries?

Peter

Ex-Dissident said...

Reunited at last.

ET1492 said...

I didn't know Edgar Allan Poe was in the army. Wow. Thanks for your post, Bob. Good trivia.

Irene said...

This is an early death for a small Maltese dog.

Same type of dog that appears in the Weiner sexting pics.

Trouble died of embarrassment.

Bob said...

@et1492: my pleasure.

jimbino said...

Sounds like a business opportunity to me: start a cemetery specifically for owners and their pets.

traditionalguy said...

Being selected to be the Caretaker of a Dog's inheritance sounds like a good job. When doing wills for childless single people, we have often had a discussion including a bequest of money to take care of the Golden Retriever. Often they designate another animal lover friend for the job. They usually say that if any of the $20,000 bequest is left after the dog dies, then the animal lover friend can keep it. That is a touchy moment...if we say "think that one through", we get the many angry responses of how dare we think that.

edutcher said...

Leona Helmsley was devoted to her husband and very few other people. The dog received the overflow.

ET1492 said...

I didn't know Edgar Allan Poe was in the army. Wow. Thanks for your post, Bob. Good trivia.

Poe was a cadet at West Point and flunked out; therefore, he had to serve the remainder of his hitch as a buck private IIRC.

cubanbob said...

I saw Leona Helmsley once at the restaurant at the Park Lane Hotel. A strange lady. But she was mad about Harry.

galdosiana said...

I've never understood the prevention of pet burials in cemeteries with their owners. Is there a real reason for it?

I was recently in Forest Hill Cemetery here in Madison, and in the large Jewish burial section there is an elaborately carved tombstone that has the names of the people on one side, and on the back it has engraved pictured of their three dogs and the years of their life/death. I thought it was very touching, and it made me wonder if they were able to bury those dogs with them? (Is there a rule against putting your animals' cremated remains in your casket with you?)

Synova said...

I can see refusing to have animals buried next to people. Space is limited and you'd end up with a pet cemetery. But why not put the pet in with its person? If someone wants it bad enough to be dug up and a dog added to the coffin, why not?

Carol_Herman said...

Jimmy Breslin points out something interesting. About people who get buried 6 feet under. He said the bodies MOVE! The earth, itself, shifts. So those people who think they'll be buried on top of a loved one ... When their turn comes. Usually, won't find the loved one buried before, where the body had been put.

Sad that such a coddled dog lived only 12 years!

ken in sc said...

IIRC, Edgar Allen Poe was kicked out of West Point for showing up on the parade ground in white belt and gloves and nothing else. He was there only because his father got him an appointment and made him go.

ampersand said...

Why is a judge changing the last will and wishes, no matter how bizarre?
Was Leona incompetent when she signed the document? How do you make an unbreakable will?

Skippy said...

Funny, we interred the ashes of my aunt's favorite cat alongside my aunt's ashes in a St. Paul cemetery. The funeral director took care of it for us, bless his heart. She loved that cat.