DuPont Wealth May 2018

L.A.F.F. LAW ADVOCACY FAMILY FINANCE A monthly newsletter providing your family with insight about the law and finance (with an occasional dose of humor) from your friends and advocates at DuPont Wealth Solutions and the Law Offices of DuPont and Blumenstiel.

18 MAY


A few editions back, I mentioned that my daughter Sophie has been asking for a new puppy. At the time, I managed to rebuff her pleas. Bella, our beloved Bernese mountain dog, may be getting up there in age, but do we really want a puppy around the house? Despite Sophie’s constant campaigning, I’ve remained resolute — until about 15 minutes ago. At the time of writing, I’ve just come into my office after reading an ad in the paper for a Bernese puppy. Seeing it’s picture, I was reminded of Bella when she was that small. Well, my heart melted. I just got off the phone with the breeder, and “Chrissi” will be part of our family by Mother’s Day. I can’t think of a more fitting time, since Bella will have to act as a mother to this young pup! Bella probably could have benefited from having an older dog around the house when we brought her home in 2007. Our Newfoundland had recently passed away, and we were heartbroken. We didn’t think we were ready for a new dog, especially if it meant diving back into the drool-filled world of raising a “Newfie.” Then a client reached out to me about a rescue puppy that needed help. The client was a landlord, and she had some young tenants who were in over their heads. They had a puppy they didn’t know how to raise, and it was going to grow into a dog that needed a lot more space than they had. Initially, my client thought the puppy was a Newfoundland, but it turned out to be a Bernese. If she hadn’t been mistaken, she may have never mentioned Bella to me in the first place. “MY WIFE JULIAWAS DUMBFOUNDED WHEN SHE CAME HOME TO SEE ME WITH A NEW PUPPY. I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE WARNED HER FIRST.”

Being the big softy that I’m gradually revealing myself to be over the course of this article, I agreed in a heartbeat to adopt Bella. My wife, Julia, was dumbfounded when she came home to see me with a new puppy. I probably should have warned her first. I was the one who ended up in the doghouse that night.

A few weeks later, I left town to go watch the Buckeyes play Iowa, leaving Julia with the 6-month-old Bernese who was less than housetrained. Let’s just say the kennel was covered, and I had more than a bit of making up to do with the other ladies of the house. But as time wore on, and we got her properly trained, Bella grew. Now it’s hard to remember a time when she wasn’t part of the family. Bella is 11 years older now, and she isn’t as energetic as she used to be. Even just going out of the house is trouble for her. It may put some pep in her step to have a pup of her own to look after, or at least it might give her some much-needed company while Julia and I are at work and Sophie’s at school. We’re so happy Bella came into our family when she did. It may have been a messy start, and we certainly didn’t plan on it. But, despite the importance of engaging in planning, I have to admit that the best parts of life sometimes come from spur-of-the-moment decisions. -Greg DuPont

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