Did you fall in love with a kitten or a puppy during the pandemic and tell yourself that this fur ball ended up costing you (too much)? However, our four-legged friends can sometimes pay or save lives …
The bank cat
Case study: Grumpy Cat, internet star
A pet costs a good penny. Between food, toys and veterinary fees, you can easily spend a small fortune. However, if you handle it skillfully, you can also pay a lot.
Take Grumpy Cat, the most famous cat on the Internet. With her grumpy smurf face, she was, from 2012 until her death in 2019, the queen of cute cats, which is nothing. In fact, cats are the pets of the Internet: on YouTube and Instagram, cat videos have millions of views. Suddenly, Grumpy Cat (or rather its owner, the American Tabatha Bundesen) saw potential. So he created his YouTube channel and his Instagram account, which, three years after his death, still has 2.5 million subscribers.
The kitten has also made television appearances (for a fee, of course) and has published a book, “Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book.” Add some sponsorship deals (Grumpy Cat was the face of the Friskies cat food brand) and so did the feline. According to informed sources, Grumpy Cat earned about $ 100 million, an amount that its owner refuses to confirm.
It’s not just social media. Orca Keiko earned $ 36 million for her role in ‘Save Willy’. Collie Pal earned about $ 4,000 a week for her role as “Lassie” on the hit show of the same name in the 1950’s. Does your pet cost you more money than it provides? It’s your turn!
The story of Free Willy: Keiko’s trip home
The hero dog
Case study: Sergeant Stubby, hero of the 14-18 war
Guide dog, drug detective dog, rescue dog … It is almost impossible to imagine what a dog is capable of. However, none have been able to match Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated dog of World War I.
In 1917, this small pit bull terrier was discreetly brought to the front in France by his master, the American John Robert Conroy. There, Stubby, who was not yet a sergeant, quickly proved to be a particularly useful and loyal comrade-in-arms: thanks to his extraordinary talent, he always managed to warn his unit of the impending mustard gas attacks or find the wounded in the battlefield. He also warned his comrades-in-arms of the shells coming, because he felt them well in front of them and warned them enough.
All of these assets allowed his unit, the 102nd Infantry Regiment of the 26th Division (Yankee), to avoid the worst. Stubby fought alongside the Allies for 18 months and took part in 17 battles. He received several medals for his courage and commitment. In 1918, after the capture of Château-Thierry in the Marne Valley by the Americans, French citizens made him a small coat to hang all the medals.
After the war, Stubby returned to the United States with his master, where he died in 1926. An obituary of more than half a page appeared in the New York Times, more than the space enjoyed by some notables. If you can’t get your dog to paw, consider Sergeant Stubby and the potential that your loyal friend can unlock with a little patience and love.
Sgt. Official trailer for Stubby: An American Hero
The alibi dog
Case Study: Checkers, the savior of Richard Nixon’s career
It has long been known that people who have a pet are perceived as kinder. But did you know that your pet can also boost your career? In fact, Checkers, the black-and-white cocker spaniel of Republican Richard Nixon, saved his master’s political career when he was Dwight Eisenhower’s running mate in the 1952 U.S. presidential election. Black funded by his sponsors financial to cover his political expenses, Nixon is very frowned upon. by public opinion. To justify himself, he admits, during the famous “ladies’ speech,” that he accepted only one donation for his campaign: his dog. And that he was going to keep it, win it or lose it, because his kids loved it.
This touching plea for his four-legged companion serves Nixon: he recovers the hearts of the 60 million Americans who had followed his speech on television. In 1969, he was even elected President of the United States. But he had to resign in 1974 after the Watergate scandal. This time, no dog managed to save his career.
The speech of the ladies by Richard Nixon