Popeye, Doggie and Willy are still one man's best friends despite having cost him $110,000 in legal fees yesterday. The three canines, a chow, a collie and an Eskimo dog, were at the centre of a lawsuit between their owner, Villeneuve Ho Ka-keung, 36, and the managers of Mei Foo Sun Chuen estate after the pooches set paw on private land from which they were barred. Broadway-Nassau Investments Ltd, which runs the estate, served a court order a year ago for the eviction of the three dogs in line with a general bar on dogs. But Mr Ho, who owned a flat on the New Territories estate, chose instead to move to an old village house in Kau Wa Keng, Lai Chi Kok. Trouble began when he returned to the estate to collect his mail - with his pets in tow. That breached the order, which defined the common area as being part of the premises, and the estate managers took Mr Ho to court. 'In my interpretation, I thought premises was my residence only,' Mr Ho said after a court hearing yesterday. 'But during the court appearance, they revised it clearly and now all public areas of Mei Foo Sun Chuen are not to be entered by my dogs.' Mr Ho and the management company settled the dispute out of court, with Mr Ho agreeing to pay the management company's legal bill of $110,000. Deputy Judge David Gill told Mr Ho in the Court of First Instance that not only were his dogs not allowed on to the residential estate, but they were not allowed to be in the car when their owner drove on the estate's private roads. Mr Ho later said his pets would not be sent to the doghouse as a result of the proceedings, which he labelled discriminatory against dog owners. Mr Ho, who is in the property industry, said he had no regrets about the money he will have to pay. 'I really love my dogs,' he said. 'They are a part of my family; there are five of us, the three of them, my girlfriend and me.' He said no amount of money could buy the love of his dogs, who have been with him since 1999. He now intends to drive to the Peak to exercise them as there is too much broken glass on the ground near his new house and they are barred from the Mei Foo Sun Chuen parks.