Monday, July 12, 2010
A Dog Named Bullet and a Horse Named Trigger
For a while they had a radio show, and then later they had a TV show. Mom used to watch this show when she was little because she liked any shows that had horses or dogs in them, but she especially liked shows with horses.
After that, Roy Rogers needed a horse to ride in a movie called Under Western Stars, and he liked Golden Cloud so much that he bought him for $2,500. Mr. Rogers changed his horse's name to Trigger, and he taught him a bunch of tricks. Soon Trigger was known as "The Smartest Horse in the Movies," and he could do about 60 tricks, such as walking on his hind legs, knocking on doors, untying ropes, and counting.
Sadly, Trigger got old and died at age 30, one day before his 31st birthday. Roy Rogers decided to have Trigger mounted for his museum, which was done by stretching Trigger's skin over a plastic model. After Trigger got too old to work, Trigger, Jr. took his place, but he was not related to the original Trigger.
Trigger: $100,000 -- $200,000
Bullet: $10,000 -- $15,000
Buttermilk: $30,000 -- $40,000
Trigger, Jr.: $30,000 -- $50,000
It seems to me like it would be a good idea for Mom to buy Bullet, so we could have him sitting around in our house. He wouldn't need to be fed or taken for walks, and he wouldn't even have to go see the vet. But Mom thinks it's kind of morbid to mount all these dead animals, so I didn't ask her to buy Bullet for us because I knew she would say no.