Who let the dogs in . . . to court, that is?

When Patricia Bowers died in 2010, she designated a $100,000 trust fund to provide for the needs of her dachshund Winnie Pooh, who is now 7 years old. But the dog’s caretaker has taken the executor of the estate to court, claiming she is not sending sufficient money to care for the dog’s care.

The caretaker says last year the dog incurred about $6,000 in expenses, including more than $5,700 for emergency orthopedic surgery. The caretaker argues that the executor is hoping to save more of the trust to give to the Animal Medical Center which will make her popular with others in her social circle.

According to a July 29 UPI story, the dog’s caretaker has “gotten everything she should by law and by the terms of the trust.”

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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