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Who Will Care for your Pet if you Die First?

January 22nd, 2013 at Tue, 22nd, 2013 at 9:58 am by Diane Rich

Planning Should be Included in your “To Do”  List in 2013

Dogs certainly leave pawprints on our hearts when they die and we think we will outlive them. Not always the case.  Planning for their care if we die before them should be in your “to do”  list this year.  If you do not set this up legally the dog could end up at a shelter and not always a no kill shelter.

I am including a link to a great post on what to do or not do now to plan for your pet if something happens to you.  It is surprising to a pet owner that family and close friends say Sorry, No when asked if they would care for the family pet in case of that pet owner’s death.

Keep in mind your primary choice may have a change of mind at some point, so finding an alternate caregiver is recommended.  It helps to provide funding for the pet as legally you cannot leave money to your pet.  As there is money involved you need to choose a trusted caregiver so the funds are used for the dog’s care as set forth in a legal document.

Please review this link.  Great suggestions.

Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at

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