At work today we had a discussion about a story in the news...
A family sold their pet for $140k as part of the deal when they sold their house. The buyer was walking through the house and saw the dog. They liked the dog...a lot, and wanted it included with the house (odd request...but whatever). The price of the house was negotiated $140k higher because of the dog. Their son was upset, as it was his dog, (he wasn't there when they sold it) but the parents said, smiling, if presented with $140k sitting in front of him, he'd definitely take the money.
That's the gist of the story.
So, at work today, we discussed whether we would sell our pets for $140k.
It was a no brainer for me...I absolutely would, in a second. No hesitation. Don't get me wrong...I love my dog...I'm a dog guy. But it's $140k. That's a LOT of money. And it's not like someone is asking me to kill it with my bare hands (and even then...ehhh...maybe, I dunno, but anyway...). He might be going to a perfectly nice family and he might be very happy...and I'd be $140k richer. That's a win-win. And that money would pay for a good college for my kids and/or pay off our house, etc.
What shocked me, is that other 5 or 6 people at work in the conversation, said they wouldn't do it...and there was not much hesitation from any of them. I was pretty surprised at that...and one guy has a cat and wouldn't sell it for $140k. A CAT!!
The stance they gave was, "My dog/cat is part of the family. I couldn't sell it." The cat guy said he wouldn't sell his cat for any amount of money. Which is a ridiculous statement. Not for any amount of money? Seriously? He said, nope.
I think if the money was physically in front of them and they could actually have it if they simply gave up their pet, I think they'd change their minds. I dunno.
One of my coworkers then asked if I would sell my daughter for $140k. Which is a ridiculous question and not even in the same ballpark as the pet question. (not to him though) He was saying that pets are like family to him, like my daughter is family to me. I felt stupid for even participating in that part of the conversation. People who think pets are at the same level as kids, just don't understand. They can't possibly understand...but don't tell them that. Pets can be great companions and friends, but they are not at the same level as children. (I feel stupid for having to say that)
Would you sell your pet for $140k?