Quick now. Who sang "Happy Trails"? Well it was Roy Rogers and Dale Evans as they rode off into the sunset at the end of their latest celluloid adventure.
Rogers died in the late 90s. And just when you thought it was safe to go back on the prairie, along comes an auction of the King of the Cowboys' possessions.
Rogers rode a horse in his westerns called Trigger. Turns out, when Trigger's soul went to that great corral in the sky his body remained on earth. Rogers had him stuffed and not put out to pasture but put in a museum. Yep, but now the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum is closed and last weekend Trigger was auctioned off. Make for a great conversation piece in the middle of the living room don't you think?
Happy entrails to you.
But there's more. No they didn't stuff and auction off Gabby Hayes. But next best thing. You see Rogers had a dog, too, named - wait for it - Bullet. And, you guessed it, He got stuffed - and it wasn't from Kibbles n' Bits. Bullet was auctioned off too, to the same guy that bought Trigger. Hell, makes sense. You've got to have a matching set.
Selling price? Trigger went for $266,000. Bullet was a bargain at $35,000.
There's still more. Dale Evans had a horse named Buttermilk. Buttermilk's "reamains" sold for $25,000. Now I'm not sure why you'd buy a horse's remains, nor how you'd display them. But whoever bought them, serves them right. That's what you get for floggin' a dead horse!
Roy, Trigger and Dale in happier times.