Late Journalist makes sure furry pals live high on the DOG, uh, hog

There is an animated feature, akacartoon, called “All Dogs Go To Heaven” and in days of yore – Vikings when on their death beds from a duel wanted a dog at their feet as they went into Valhalla

But now, as we learn from CNN, Heaven on Earth is a Friday for a trio of ex-strays –

They’re not as loaded as Leona Helmsley’s mutt, but three Maryland canines are plenty rich enough to live high on the dog.

The dogs — named Buckshot, Katie and Obu-Jet — inherited $400,000 and a house in Hagerstown with the death last year of owner Ken Kemper. Altogether, their estate is worth about $800,000.

The beagle and two Labrador mixes were strays when Kemper adopted them. They now live at their house with caretaker Roy Grady.

They might not be aware of their wealth, but they do know that on one night a week Grady treats them to spaghetti dinner, with meatballs and garlic bread.

They love it,” he said. “They know when it’s coming on Friday, too. They have that time clock.”

The caretaker it seems has an equally generous attitude –

Kemper worked for the federally funded Voice of America, and commonly brought home stray dogs when he returned from overseas assignments.

The executor of Kemper’s estate, longtime friend Karin Anderson, said that when the dogs die, she will probably donate the remainder of the estate to an animal charity because that’s what Kemper would have wanted.

He really loved animals,” Anderson said. “The man’s heart was so big, it needed its own ZIP code.”

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