His life savings is a bit much but if this was 10-20% of it, then well...can't say I have not spent quite a lot of money on my pets over the years.
What is money, if not to spend for something you value?
"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern." Lord Acton
The only way to win is to not play...(like global thermal nuclear war).