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I would buy property in New Hampshire (5-10 acres) with nice house and a large barn that I would convert into a woodworking shop. Then I'd indulge in my woodworking hobby part of the time and play with my dogs the rest of the time.
 

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I would buy land anywhere that is pretty cheap and open up a free hospital for shots and basic care for rescued pets for the life of the pet

I would also open a pet cemetery for the richer folks to lay their pets to rest... casket stone the whole thing.......

A low cost boarding facility for people to board animals when they vacation.....

Donate money to pet rescues
to kidney foundation to psorasis and PA foundations
by each of my children a modest house and car
College education for all granchildren(8) that qualify

pay my house off
and the the last selfish thing

a 5 carat vs1 or SI1-2 f color no floresence perfect cut round diamond
 

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First, I would move to a piece of property that would allow Bear to neevr need a lead again. Then I would probably travel with him, do the Appalachian Trail, see Bear Mountain, Montana, things like that. Eventually, the founding of a no-kill shelter/rescue with people trained to help dogs year round.

Oh, and I'd buy a submarine. Because that would be fun.
 

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I would go to every Dog Scout Camp offered and do every activity they offer! Tracking, flyball, agility, sledding, carting/drafting, weight pull, herding, go-to-ground, steeplechase, geocaching, dock dogs, rally, water rescue, SAR, etc...
I was only able to go to the camp with my last two dogs Ginger and Pooch because I got a "camp scholarship" which I was SO grateful for, and I don't know if/when I'll ever be able to afford another camp. If I could afford it though I'd attend every camp session!
 

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First, I would love to take a year long car-trip of America with the hubby and the pups. Going on trails and seeing everything while our new secluded rescue ranch was being built. Then we'd have to get Anna and Ducan a passport to Italy/Europe as we travel around for a year.

Then, I'd spend most of my time working rescue and training the pups to work with the horses and cows we'd have. We'd also continue therapy work and be able to fundraise/donate to the shelters in the area.

Ah to dream!
 

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I would have done search and rescue training with both of my dogs, and Schutzhund with my old girl who died 2 years ago. I think I would train Scout as a cadaver dog - he has proven a knack for it, I was freaked out to learn
 

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if money was no issue, i would fly my viking out to every vet in the world hoping to find a cure or **** even a diagnosis. But for the time being he will sit next to me on the couch, eat the only food he can eat (tripe) and enjoy all the belly rubs, kisses and hugs a GSD could endure. He lives the best life he can, he wants for NOTHING and will live this way till he tells me he is tired of fighting his demons.

Becky


side note : vike, is a 10 y/o mn who went into renal failure when given 2 doses of doxycycline. He does well when given raw tripe, but the minute he is given kibble (tried over 30 kinds!) he goes into renal failure and starts hallucinating. (one vet actually told me its normal for a dog his size to drink SEVEN large stainless steel bowls of water a day! This is also the vet who sent him home to die 3 years ago.)
 

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In England (they're so intelligent) there is a non-profit organization called: CHA (Canine Hydrotherapy Association). It's a co-op concept. One pays dues and has the opportunity to take their canine companions to swimming pools. I've yet to see anything like this in the US...The cost of a pool, filtration, etc...getting the correct insurance...
 

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If money was no object, I would do agility with Whitney and Jenna, Herding with Babsy, tracking with Heidi, search and rescue with Rushie, Rally advanced with Tori, schutzhund with Ninja, therapy work with Arwen, and I would try flyball with Milla.

I would replace my current runs with a line of indoor outdoor runs that run the length of my house.

I would buy the lot next door and put in my own indoor training facility.

I would buy the field across the street and grow sheep and beef cattle, maybe chickens too.

I would also put in a vegetable garden.

I would pay off all my bills and put up a windmill for electricity.
I would convert my furnace to electric or buy a new one. I would make my property self-sufficient.

I would buy some vehicle that could transport all of my critters in the case of emergency.

And while we are dreaming freely, I would put up a septic/airation system for the dog waste.
 

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If money were no object, I'd buy 100 or more acres of land somewhere - maybe Texas. I'd build a house and barn type buildings with all the amenities, heat, AC, running water, etc.

I'd outfit these barns with in/out runs for dogs and I'd start my own rescue/sanctuary. I'd have an indoor and outdoor training area, water therapy room, you name it- state of the art all the way.

During the day I'd spend my time with the dogs and shopping online.

I'd buy a new vehicle of course, maybe 2.
 

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If money was no object, and I had time and a sitter, I would probably do protection training, ringsport if my dog was capable, AKC obedience, and UKC conformation.

I'd do more driving to the mountains to hike and camp, too.
 

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I would start a "kindergarden" for dogs, so people could leave theyr dogs with me when they went to work.
That way many more people could have a dog

And many more dog's would get the opportynity to have a great time while thyre owners were at work instead of beeing left home alone in booredom.

It would be a full-service facility whit swimmingpool and anything else you would want. It would eaven be possible to take inn "special-need" dog's who woyld need special care in case of sickness, injurie or anything.
 

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Search and rescue. Cause it would be rewarding.

Agility, hiking, obedience titles. Cause it would be fun and keep us in shape for search and rescue.
 

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Big dog rescue. I would buy a lot of land and start my big dog rescue. I'd have to recruit some of you to come help me, though. But since money was no object - we'd all get paid great salaries that made rescue even MORE rewarding.


My idea for my rescue is to buy a house with a farm land and a big barn. I mean BIG barn. Inside I would have all the dogs housed. It would be heated and have A/C for the summer. There would be an inside pool for the dogs (not a kiddie pool, either - I mean a large swimming pool) and a place to play and do agility. Since later in my post I am going to be recruiting Lauri, we'd even have an INDOOR lure course!!!


The land outside would all be fenced in so the dogs could go outside and roam and play and be safe from cars. Kind of like Dogtown, but I want large green grassy meadows. We'd have our own vet onsite (due to the number of dogs that we'd be able to take in) and a groomer.

We'd have all kinds of fun fundraisers like picnics onsite and maybe a carnival!! I'd hold classes for local scout groups and schools so the kids could come learn about animal care and responsibility. Only I would tell them the TRUTH. I would not fluff up what REALLY happens when a dog gets taken to a kill shelter. I would make sure that they understand, just as I do with my 7yo, that these are great wonderful animals and deserve more than what the average human gives them.

I'd recruit Lauri to be our Canine Meal Specialist. We'd actually go to the adopters homes and show them how to care for their dog: feeding, grooming, etc. Each dog would get a certain # of visits in their new home with the Canine Meal Specialist, Canine Beautification Agent and the Canine Manners Creator.

Seriously, though...should we ever win the Powerball, my DH had been told before we ever got married that this is exactly what I am going to do with my 3/4 of the winnings!!

He said he is going to travel without me, the kids, or the dog with his 1/4.
 

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if I had lots $$$ I would support foster homes for dogs=all vet bills or evaluation by behaviorist covered for those who foster and actually welcome dogs into their homes and really see where they are.Saving a dog from euth is great but taking time to really go the extra mile to live with them should have more oversight and support
 

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If money were no object, and if it were possible, I'd try to buy about 20 more years of life and good health for myself just to ensure I'd be here on this earth for each of my dogs when they cross to Rainbow Bridge. And if space became available and there was time still left, I'd take in a senior gsd or two to spend their final days with me until they too crossed to Rainbow Bridge.
 
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