Three Maryland Dogs Enjoy $800,000 Inheritance


Buckshot, Katie and Obu-Jet enjoy the good life and are well taken care of even though their owner passed away last year.

Ken Kemper, the former owner of the dogs, died of cancer last year. He left his three dogs $400,000 from his estate and his Maryland house. In total, Buckshot, Katie, and Obu-Jet are worth about $800,000.

The beagle and two Labrador mixes were adopted by Kemper, and now the three live at the house with a caretaker.

On Friday nights, the dogs are treated to a spaghetti and meatball dinner with garlic bread. Buckshot, Katie, and Obu-Jet just know when it’s Friday and when it’s time for spaghetti and meatballs.

Even though these three dogs may have a lot of money in the bank, they don’t seem to know that they have a lot of money and are just like any other dog.

Their caretaker, Ron Grady, said, “They’re the most loving dogs. That’s all they live for is to give you attention and love.” All three dogs simply like to sit outside in the sun and observe the neighborhood.

The dogs also receive the best medical attention around. When Katie escaped from the yard and got hit by a car, she visited the vet 40 times to mend her broken legs and hip. The bill totaled about $6,000.

The executor of Kemper’s estate said that when the dogs die, she said that she will ensure that the money goes to an animal charity.

Source: Herald Mail

(Thanks Debbie and Stefani)

9 thoughts on “Three Maryland Dogs Enjoy $800,000 Inheritance

  1. “Garlic Bread”?!! I thought garlic was deadly for dogs. Another thing, tho’ human graded (which is wonderful), doesn’t this type of diet make these dogs fat hence unhealthy for them?

  2. I am very glad to see these dogs taken care of! Wonderful story. I do hope the spaghetti doesn’t have onions in it. I’ve given spaghetti to my dogs, but I just make sure there is nothing in it that is on the “do not give to dogs list”. I’ve read there is some debate based on the amount of garlic given to dogs….but I would opt not to give to mine to be on the safe side.

    I wish these dogs a happy and long life!

    Happy New Year!


  3. So great to read about dogs being cared for, instead of some of the tragic abuse and neglect stories from the past year.

  4. Gives a new definition to the term “Lucky dogs”. I’m a bit surprised though that these dogs would act just like any other dog. With their wealth, I should think they might look in to operating a charity for less fortunate dogs. They could make history leaving a legacy of caninetarianism.

  5. There’s a video on CNN today that shows the caretaker, who seems like a nice guy who genuinely loves the animals.

    Furmom, that’s a wonderful idea [caninetarianism]. I know that there was also an administrator named in the will to oversee the caretaker. With that kind of thorough thinking I’m wondering if perhaps the decedent made provisions for the funds after the dogs died [to be directed to a charity for animals].

    Wonder how Lenora Helmsley’s “Trouble” is faring.

  6. Spaghetti and meatballs once a week shouldn’t hurt…it’s a treat! As long as it’s not their every day diet…Everything in moderation, even with pets….but the jury’s out on the garlic. It is safer for dogs than cats though.

  7. What a wonderful, touching story! Ken Kemper was obviously a very kind and loving individual, and a friend to all animals. The world can (and should) learn much from him.

    Thank you, Lynn, for the terrific link to CNN’s coverage of the story! Here’s a link as well to the original piece which ran in the Hagerstown (MD) Herald-Mail, where the dogs now live with their kind caretaker, Roy Grady. The article by reporter Dan Dearth contains much better, more in-depth coverage of the story than the wire services do, and includes photos of the late Mr. Kemper and his then-SIX dogs in 2002, as well as its own video piece:

    God Bless the memory of Ken Kemper, and a long, healthy, happy, joyful, love-filled life to Buckshot, Katie and Obu-Jet!

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