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Star Trek and doga

We have another story somewhat related to the Leona Helmsley story earlier this week. How many of you are Star Trek fans? If you are from my generation (and I’m not saying what generation that is) then you couldn’t escape growing up with Star Trek. That means that you know who Gene Roddenberry was — and you probably know who Majel Barrett Roddenberry was. Well, Majel Barret Roddenberry, Gene 425barrettmajel121808Roddenberry’s wife, died late last year. Her estate is now in probate. According to documents obtained by E! News, Mrs. Roddenberry has left $4 million to her dogs so they can continue to live in one of her mansions. She’s left another $1 million to their longtime caretaker, Reinelda Estupian, and residential rights in the home.

“I do not want the animals to be placed in a kennel or other boarding facility,” Majel stated, adding that she also wished for her trustees to hire someone to check up on the dogs periodically, “to be certain that they are being cared for properly (as I cared for them during my lifetime).”

Unlike Leona Helmsley who left many close family members out of her will, Mrs. Roddenberry left $100 million to her 35-year-old son, Eugene Roddenberry Jr., to be paid in installments.

Gene Roddenberry died in 1991. His and Mrs. Roddenberry’s ashes are to be launched by rocket into orbit next year.

If you’re familiar with the Star Trek series and movies you know that Majel Barrett Roddenberry played Nurse Chapel, Lwaxana Troi, the voice of the ship’s computer, and made a few other appearances over the years. Interesting to know that her dogs will be benefiting from the Star Trek empire.

I’m starting to wonder how these millionaire dogs spend their days. What do you think they do with their time after their owners have passed away and they are living in total luxury? Do they have a personal chef? A masseuse? They probably have a swimming pool. I wonder if they simply lie beside the pool or if they get in and swim a few laps. I wonder if they have a wardrobe and expensive collars? Does the vet make house calls for them?

artdownwarddog2cnnMaybe they need to do doggie yoga to handle all of the stress of being rich, celebrity dogs. CNN has an interesting story online about doga — doggie yoga. The reporter, unfortunately, has kind of a snarky attitude, but the class sounds kind of interesting.

“There are a lot of people who think it’s a little silly, but the class is very lighthearted,” said Sophie’s “mother,” Grace. She carries Sophie around in a Louis Vuitton bag that’s bigger than my apartment. “No one takes it too seriously. It’s just a chance to bond with your dog and have fun,” she said.

Another class member brought her “baby” because she thinks he’s a bit too hyper and needs to chill out.

Instructor Kari Harendorf has been teaching doga for several years. She said she believes the classes are perfect for these stressful times.

“It’s actually been proven scientifically that just the simple act of petting a dog will release happy hormones in humans and will lower their cortisol, which is the stress hormone,” she said.

“Studies have also shown that it goes both ways, that when dogs receive the petting and attention that their stress levels decrease.”

By the end of our session, the dogs did appear to be more “blissed out,” to borrow a term from Harendorf. Not a bark or a growl was heard. The only person panting was me.

I keep promising myself that I will give yoga a try. I even bought the mat and a DVD so I could attempt it at home. The only problem is that every time I try to get started I am surrounded by five dogs snuffling and nosing me in the floor. Maybe if I try to make them part of the session I will have more luck. Instead of doing yoga I should be trying to do doga. I will say that even doing it the way I’ve been trying has been a stress-buster. You can’t stay very stressed when you have five dogs trying to play with you in the floor. We usually end up rolling around and laughing. It’s all good.

Embedded video from CNN Video

April 23, 2009 Posted by | dogs, General, Pets | , , , , , , | 1 Comment