Have you ever wondered about your pets future if you weren’t around?…
I certainly never did. Because our pet’s usually have shorter life spans than we do, so why would I?…
TOMORROW’S NOT PROMISED –
Last month, one of Doodle Dad’s childhood friends, walked to the grocery store for his mother. He never made it home.
On his way back, a massive heart attack crippled his steps, just blocks from his destination. He never regained conscientiousness. He slipped away peacefully two days later.
As Lee prepared to attend and speak at his dear friends funeral – I thought of many things.
One being –
What if this man had a pet? Who would become the guardian?
PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED –
At a moment’s notice (and I pray not) any one of us could become –
- laid up / incapacitated
- suddenly seriously ill
- or worse, die
As primary pet parents we’ve got to have a plan. Many of us live in “single human” homes or are sole caretakers of our pets…
Our pets are too important to us to just “assume” if something happened, a friend or relative would step up and take care of them. We must be sure. #fordoodlesure
When I brought this up to a friend, we both agreed our husbands would pick up the baton and become the primary. But what if Doodle Dad preceded me and I preceded the Boys? Scary huh? but it doesn’t have to be.
COME UP WITH A PLAN –
While we don’t want to think about this – now is a good time to put a plan together in the event we’re no longer able –
- Be sure someone has access to your home
- Talk about your wishes for your pet
- Make financial arrangements for your pet
When you get the chance please read this detailed post at thespruce.com to learn more on ways to prepare for your dog’s future.
A FEW OPTIONS –
- Pet Trust
- Will Provisions
- DIY Pet Protection Agreement
- Informal Arrangements
See dogster.com for a full description regarding these options.
Whether your plans are formal or informal, “some plan is better than no plan.”
Speak to your family and friends, you will find yourself resting more easily knowing your dog will be taken care of – the way you want them taken care of – if something happens to you…
As I’ve read more, I’ve learned more. #knowledgeispower I’ve identified my plan which has given me peace of mind.
Tell me – has this thought ever crossed YOUR mind? Do you have a plan. Please share – this is important stuff.
ONE MORE THING –
HumaneSociety.org — offers a helpful fact sheet about providing for your pet’s future without you.
Always remember – that breath you just took…that’s a gift ❤️
This is our contribution in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.