ST. CROIX INSIGHTS
Looking for Unconditional Love?
BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC
Photo by Atanas Teodosiev
There’s nothing like the unconditional love you’ll experience—and if you already have one, you understand how dogs enrich our lives and brighten our everyday experience. They are the friend you didn’t know you needed, and your bad days will get better.
When you arrive home, a dog is excited to see you. They ask no tiresome questions about your day. They don’t pester you about how much money you made. Instead, they just show their love and enthusiasm. With giant eyes, an eager tongue, and a tail that won’t stop wagging that is.
This lesson isn’t about money, it’s about having a lifelong friend. And friends take care of each other. I have my dog in my trust. No distributions are allowed from our trust until our dog is financially secure. (My wife won’t let me leave it all to the dog.)
Get a dog
And a dog takes care of you just as much as you take care of your dog (even when they’re hogging the bed). I call it the “presumption close”: a dog is willing and able to go wherever you’re going, eat whatever you eat (without cleaning up after the meal), even go to work with you (where they have no intention of working).
In today’s world, I think people are lonely. Get a dog and one thing is guaranteed. You’ll have a little buddy right there with you wagging his tail. Don’t worry, I value kids as well.
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