Last Tuesday, March 10, our paper ran an item in the police blotter titled, “Dog named Zeus, gun, laptop taken from home.”
The dog was listed as the most valuable of the three items at $2,500. The gun was worth $1,000 and the lap top worth $1,500, the police report said.
But is that dog really worth $2,500? I have never met or talked with the dog’s owners, but I’m willing to bet that dog did not cost $2,500. Of course it’s possible, but unlikely.
I can’t imagine what these people must have gone through, trying to put a value on their dog. When it comes down to it, our dogs are priceless.
If someone stole my dog, and some other pricey things, I couldn’t imagine telling an officer my dog was worth just $200 — the price we purchased him for. Certainly, he’s worth much more than that.
Do I add in the vet bills? I could probably get that value up to $4,000 with vet bills included.
I wouldn’t be able to stand seeing him valued at $200 while I list a computer and other items worth more.
What it comes down to is, what would you miss more?
Would you miss your flat screen TV more than your dog? Your lap top? The iPod? Your boat? How about the car?
I like my TV. I love my laptop. I wish I had an iPod. I don’t know what I’d do without a car.
But I’d figure it out. I’d eventually get another TV and laptop. Maybe a cheap car if insurance didn’t cover my loss.
But my dog? He is irreplaceable. Sure, I can get another dog, but not another Sensi.
I feel for these people who had their dog stolen. I hope there is a miraculous recovery of this dog and that he is reunited with his owners.
What if you came home to find your house trashed, your valuables stolen and dog gone too? What would you miss the most?