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Thu, Jan 3 | By Matt Van Hoven | 481

MARYLAND – Three Hagerstown, Md. dogs are the benefactors of an $800,000 inheritance left by their owner, who recently passed away. Buckshot, Katie and Obu-Jet had been strays before they came into Ken Kemper's life. It was that fact… more ›

Better Days for MD Strays
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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

It's important to make sure your pets are taken care of no matter what.

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

Glad no one contested the will and the money went to his dogs

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BHOLTZ
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BHOLTZ
5 years ago

I agree, great news!

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

Good the owner made arrangments for his pets.

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

Awesome!

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Tammy37
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Tammy37
5 years ago

lucky dogs to have an owner that can have them taken care of after he has passed,

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ArthurCurtis
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ArthurCurtis
5 years ago

I am so glad the money is going where the man wants it to. I am so thrilled for the animals he will be helping.

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Michele C.
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Michele C.
5 years ago

This is the way it should be. I am guessing there were no children to contest the will. Of course, maybe that it was in a Trust made a difference. I have commented on this before. Trust vs. Will

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

Wow, these dogs will not be left without! It's always a good idea to have a plan for our pets if we should pass on.

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

It just shows how important our pets are to us.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

I think as an owner of pets, we are responsible for at least attempting to find a home or something for them in case you aren't around. I wish that courts would uphold the fact that some people leave their estate behind for the animals. Their wishes should be followed through and not what the court thinks best.

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Sherri R.
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Sherri R.
5 years ago

What a wonderful thing he did for those dogs. It is smart to plan ahead for your pets even if you don't have a lot of money like this gentleman.

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

Hopefully, all the wishes that this gentleman put in his will for the three dogs WILL be carried out.

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karen b.
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karen b.
5 years ago

i wish i could do that, im glad the dogs have their home if not their owner

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Good for him...we all should make plans for our animals just in case.

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Judy A.
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Judy A.
5 years ago

I would want my pets taken care of and luckily I have great children and friends that will do it for free. If not, I would leave what I had, to do the job. That's sad because if they had to live on what I would leave, they would have to probably share one very small meatball.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

It just goes to show dogs are like kids to some people, including me.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

Thankfully it doesn't sound like there were any kids to contest the will. I found it interesting that the article said the dogs have top notch health care and then immediately mentions that every Friday the animals are treated to a spaghetti and meatball dinner, complete with garlic bread. That doesn't sound too healthy.

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

These dogs loyalty is being well repaid. It is nice that they have a caretaker who really seems to care for them.

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Tammy K.
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Tammy K.
6 years ago

What a heart warming story. Wish this could happen more to those poor animals who find themselves homeless and have no one to care for them after a death, that is nervewracking enough for them.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

Very thoughtful and generous of their owner. It would be great to see the money used to benefit a bunch of homeless, needy dogs. What a job that caregiver has!

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

I have a plan similar to this too!! And my family knows none of my pets are to be dumped at a shelter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rachel G.
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Rachel G.
6 years ago

It's always a good idea to plan for your pets. You never know what might happen to you and you don't want your pets going to an animal shelter or put down.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Great story. Glad there are still people out there that do care.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Fine story. Mr. Kemper not only left his four-legged heirs mucho bucks, but a home, and provided for a in-home caretaker. They couldn't ask for more.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

nice man and lucky pets!

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Tanya F.
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Tanya F.
6 years ago

I think it is a great idea especially since they are apart of the family and many people are not having kids so their pets are the kids. I hope the trend continues.

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

What a great story and a great man. The surviving man is also wonderful. Thank you for caring so much.

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

good story

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

That is kinda cool. I really like that the left over money will go to a charity of some sort. Seriously thought? How do you spend $400,000 on three dogs?

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

Something to truly think about.

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

I am in the process of drafting my will. I am 34 and have no plans on going anywhere soon, but want to make sure that things are not left for those I leave behind. A big part of that is ensuring for the wellbeing of my pets. My two dogs were originally my dad's dogs before he passed away. While he had planned extensively for his passing, his pets were not included in those plans. If I had not been able to take them, the two dogs and the family cat would have been truly out of luck! Mary, our cat has since passed away, but I want to make sure that my three cats and my dogs have security if something should happen. No need to add to the trauma of losing their owner and having to change living arrangements by having total uncertainty about where they will live and who will take care of them. I hate to think of them having to go to a shelter.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

Those dogs were very lucky. I hope the caretaker takes good care of them.

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

Awesome.

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

It truly warms the heart to read about a man who had the means to really provide for his pets after he had passed. Very touching!

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8critters
6 years ago

I often wish that I had enough money to leave for my pets care when I'm gone. My family and I do discuss what will happen to our pets, and who will care for them. I do know that there are shelters that provide care if donations are made, but I know that none of mine would fair well in a shelter at this point in their lives. So, as I age I know I will have fewer, just in case. And I will make sure that they are older, to increase the chances they and I will go close to each other.

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Lexina
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Lexina
6 years ago

ggod for them they had a hard beginning may the end be kinder

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

hope the caregiver does his job

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

those dogs got lucky

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

this is good for the dogs as long as they get the care they are entitled to

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

This Ken certainly was a devoted pet owner. I bet his rewards were waiting for him..

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

If a pet owner this is something we need to figure out and make arrangements. Every once in awhile in the paper you will seea classifed starting out..
OWNER DIED need home for etc etc.
We need to be responsible to do this...

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

this should alert everyone that as a pet owner you neeed to have arrangements in place for your pets. ASAP

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

this is so nice.. Ken did a good job for his 3 strays... I am glad the dogs will be happy for the rest of their lives.

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Greg
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Greg
6 years ago

As long as the balance goes to an animal charity at the end of the day, why are people complaining? Let the dogs live in style for the rest of their lives.

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Jobe
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Jobe
6 years ago

Seems the money should go to a shelter

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Laurel C.
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Laurel C.
6 years ago

Wow.....do they really need that much money? What about when the dogs pass away? That money needs to go to the local shelter

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Yes, I don't have a lot to leave them but they have a trustee named with instructions to find them homes and supply money for their care. They are the only reason I took care of a will. Should have anyway but it was what would happen to them that got me going on it.

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Jackie H.
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Jackie H.
6 years ago

What a great story! I am glad the animals are benefiting.

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Gene M.
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Gene M.
6 years ago

Nice ending, he carries on his work helping the homeless

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Cheryl L.
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Cheryl L.
6 years ago

Awesome!!

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