Her owner’s last will and testament has made the 8-year-old border collie one wildly pampered pooch.
Lulu has been under the watchful eye of Burton, 88, for years already. Burton says she’s kept Lulu during the frequent travels of the dog’s owner. “Well, he always left the dog for me to take care of,” said Burton.
Lulu’s owner, 83-year-old Bill Dorris, was Burton’s friend and an unmarried, successful businessman. He died late last year and left $5 million for the care of his beloved pet. “I don’t really know what to think about it to tell you the truth. He just really loved the dog,” Burton said.
The will specifies: “This trust is to provide for all the needs of Lulu. The dog will remain in possession of Martha Burton.”
It’s not clear what will happen to any money left in the trust when 8-year-old Lulu someday passes away.
Burton knows there’s no way she could ever spend $5 million on the canine. Not even a lifetime supply of treats and toys for Lulu could make a dent in the incredible inheritance.
She said with a smile, “Well, I’d like to try.”
Lulu’s late owner Dorris had a piece of property along Interstate 65 that is the site of a controversial statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest was a Confederate general and an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation has denied previous requests to block the view of the statue. The future of that statue will also be determined in probate court.