So I woke up this morning and checked my Mega Millions numbers to see if I had won the $172 million jackpot. Alas, I did not (if I had won, do you think I'd be writing this post?). Darn. I had already planned what I was going to do with my winnings: I was going to buy a Tibetan Mastiff.
You need to win the lottery in order to afford a red Tibetan Mastiff. I'm not kidding. They are the world's most expensive dog. How much is that Tibetan Mastiff in the window? Ten million Chinese yuan or 945,000 pounds or $1.5 million.
But he's worth it folks. He's a holy dog.
A Chinese coal baron, who has umpteen millions of dollars (obviously), bought an 11-month-old red Tibetan Mastiff named Big Splash. According to his breeder, Big Splash is just the most perfect red Tibetan Mastiff ever. I guess this dog breed has become a status symbol in China -- so instead of grabbing a new Hermes bag or Mercedes, the uber-rich flaunt what they've got by getting a Tibetan Mastiff.
Sure, Big Splash is going to be big -- he's already 180 pounds and could reach over 280 pounds (yeah, that's 2.5 times what I weigh). Sure, he gets fed a luxurious diet of chicken and beef and Chinese delicacies, such as sea cucumber and abalone.
But status symbol and size aside, this millionaire knew what he was doing in buying a Tibetan Mastiff -- he's getting one step closer to the afterlife. Tibetan Mastiffs are thought to be reincarnated nuns and monks, which makes Big Splash one big holy dog. Not only does he snuggle and play fetch, this dog blesses the health and security of your family. Nothing to shake (or chase) a stick at, folks.
When you look at it that way, the price isn't so ridiculous, really. How much is the health and security of your family worth? It's priceless, right? So, this rich guy paid $1.5 million for it ... not a bad deal.
What's the most you would pay for a dog?
Image via tibetanmastiffpuppiesblog