The State Of
There is a personal connection to the fund: My grandfather was a member of the board of trustees of the fund (he may have chaired the board briefly).
Anyway, what you folks from the Outside probably know of the fund is that each year Alaskans (currently defined as someone who has lived in
The amount varies but this year each Alaskan got a check for $845. That’s $1690 for Kelli and I. Usually this means I pay off some credit card bills and Kelli gets the dogs’ teeth cleaned and checked, etc. This leaves us a couple of bucks to get myself a new MP3 player or whatever, Kelli gets herself some Fiestaware or whatever, and it makes Christmas shopping more fun and less stressful.
Yet each year something comes up. Last year it was $3000 of vet bills for Sugar Baby.
This year we got to take Bailey to the vet on Halloween. She threw up her dinner. For most dogs one would just say “ewww,” clean it up and move on. For Bailey it’s a little different. She’s an insulin dependent diabetic and so we had loaded her up with insulin as she was eating. By throwing up her food that means she was fully loaded with insulin but with no food. Bad juju.
Two days in the animal hospital and $985 later, she’s back and good as new. Sure we will have to keep an eye on her for a couple of days to make sure she doesn’t throw up. Oh and we need to make sure the poop is of proper poop-like consistency: not too runny but not so firm that she’s straining.
It’s a delicate balance.
I’m not complaining. Luckily the state paid for the vet bill (by way of the dividend) and both the babies are happy and back home.
While my friends are enjoying their new iPods and Fiestaware, we are reaping the benefits of two healthy dogs.
Until next year about this time.