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06:07 PM on 06/09/2011
Did it leave a will?
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peacekitten
primum non nocere.
06:51 PM on 06/09/2011
trouble was a female.  there is no "it" involved in this story unless you count leona.
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aurora59
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06:01 PM on 06/09/2011
Ah, how sad. If only Leona had thought ahead, she would have planned a litter so that the money could have gone to the dogs heirs.
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Poiks
06:00 PM on 06/09/2011
Leona Helmsley's face was truly a horrific site.
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Poiks
06:01 PM on 06/09/2011
Or sight, if you prefer correct English.
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jl4141
The Eighth Deadly Sin
06:49 PM on 06/09/2011
Since you're asking, I prefer "cite."
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peacekitten
primum non nocere.
06:51 PM on 06/09/2011
lol!
05:58 PM on 06/09/2011
Who left that open box of Godiva chocolates on the floor next to Trouble's doggie bed?
mtnlife96
No apology
05:36 PM on 06/09/2011
All snarky available comments aside, I remain annoyed about the actions of the court regarding the bequest for the care of this dog. Helmsley did not die without a valid will, and it should not fall to the legal system to decide that anyone's bequest(s) are not going to be taken on their face. It would have been nice had she left some huge portion to an animal charity but, it was her decision. I hope Trouble had a happy dog life and that some good use will be made of the remaining money.
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freddsky
As Seen On T̶V̶
05:33 PM on 06/09/2011
If a corporation can be a person, why can't a sweet little dog? No one will ever know what wretchedness reduced circumstances caused poor little Trouble to endure. Shame on America and the legal system!
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Amadahy
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05:24 PM on 06/09/2011
While I don't condone leaving this amount of money to a dog, I can understand this woman's love of her maltese. I had one some years ago now, and there was no question in my mind she loved me. I've lost people close to me. Her death was a real challenge. What a great dog.
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SubgeniusMustHaveSlack
Snowboarder, vegetarian, organic gardener.
05:26 PM on 06/09/2011
Our companion animals are truly soulmates. My cats are some of my longest held and best friends. I miss those that have loosed the mortal coil every day.
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bc161
05:37 PM on 06/09/2011
"My cats are some of my longest held and best friends"

Until they get into your frop.
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InisLass
But for the grace of God, go I.
05:57 PM on 06/09/2011
Totally agree. Sweetest of the sweet. I tell them how much I love them as I, too, am a vegetarian yet know they're obligate carnivores and MUST eat animals so there's my additional proof of my love, I tell them. :)) As for Ms Helmsley, love for her Maltese gave her some semblance of kindness otherwise, none.
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peacekitten
primum non nocere.
06:48 PM on 06/09/2011
it's not anyone's money but hers and she could leave it to who she pleased.  the dog was the most deserving.  from what i've read of that family, none of them were particularly charming.
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JScott
John Galt's last name is McGuffin-Smithee
05:23 PM on 06/09/2011
So what happens to the estate now?
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whoknew---
05:21 PM on 06/09/2011
so if "Trouble" is the baby daddy of my dog then we should be able to cash in?....
06:10 PM on 06/09/2011
Sorry to break the news, but --

Trouble was a female - No hope of a "Baby Daddy" paternity suit for you. :)
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rktboy
Let's Fire This Mother Up!!
05:20 PM on 06/09/2011
I'm sure Trouble's accountants found as many loopholes in the estate tax as they possibly could.
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Paul S
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05:18 PM on 06/09/2011
someone killed him for the money....
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SubgeniusMustHaveSlack
Snowboarder, vegetarian, organic gardener.
05:21 PM on 06/09/2011
Someone should follow the money.
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Big0725
Large...........but definitely NOT in charge!
05:17 PM on 06/09/2011
That dog was so much more attractive than her owner.
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jl4141
The Eighth Deadly Sin
06:51 PM on 06/09/2011
. . . even if you flipped the dog around 180 degrees.
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Boobuzuela
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05:16 PM on 06/09/2011
Like most millionaire dogs, Trouble pulled himself up by his own tail and felt taxes were for "common dogs."
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SubgeniusMustHaveSlack
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05:23 PM on 06/09/2011
Trouble was a good dog, as all dogs are.

His owner's sins are not his.
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onwisconsin
Trust women; protect choice.
05:15 PM on 06/09/2011
Labradors and other big dogs can expect to live to 12 and beyond with good medical care, diet, and proper exercise. Small dogs can live much longer. My aunt had a Maltese that lived to 21 and that's far from the record. So with $2 million to take care of this dog, why did it die at 12? Trouble should have been in excellent health and on the best of foods with plenty of funds for dogwalkers or doggy daycare for exercise.

Something doesn't smell right here.
05:25 PM on 06/09/2011
Like people every dog is different, just because one lives to be 20 doesn't mean they all will.
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onwisconsin
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05:33 PM on 06/09/2011
No, Chris, it doesn't. However, small dogs' life expectancies are well beyond 12. The story should have included why this dog died early. It's bad journalism.

I've had labs since I was 5 (I'm 44) and I've only lost one earlier than 14. That one was 11 and I lost him to a rare inoperable cancer. My point is that breeds of dogs do have these life expectancies and when they die early there is a cause. It is not natural for a small dog to die so young when its guardians have access to the finest nutrition, healthcare, and ability to get him/her excercise. Was he/she hit by a truck? Was there an inoperable cancer? Was there something else not being told?
Bad journalism. Something doesn't smell right because no one bothered to investigate and write a thorough story.
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lw1
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06:01 PM on 06/09/2011
I hear Trouble was into sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll. He hung with Charlie Sheen a lot and that would surely send you to an early grave.........................................just kidding of course.
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onwisconsin
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06:08 PM on 06/09/2011
Ha! Well, see...there you have it. Finally, an explanation! Sometimes money does go to one's head, or up one's nose.
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VegasBabe
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05:15 PM on 06/09/2011
She was rich, to be sure, but she was sad in life and sadder still in death. Leaving 12 mil to a dog is just pathetic. Why not any one or several of our numerous animal shelters let alone shelters for humans. Not someone easy to like this one.
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PennsylvaniaVoter
Civility please. Thanks.
05:24 PM on 06/09/2011
Actually, Leona left BILLIONS to animal welfare--specifically dogs. She literally loved animals more than people. Unfortunately, it appears the executors of the will aren't following her instructions.