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Several years ago, I volunteered in the owner relinquishment "department" of a breed-specific rescue (Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue). I met with a wonderful older couple who were asking those same questions. They were not ready to give their dog up just yet, but wanted to find out about the process in the event they would no longer be able to care for him so that their kids wouldn't need to worry about it.
I'm not necessarily saying you should will your girls to a rescue right this second, but it might be worth talking with someone to find out what that process would look like if you did need to re-home them. The best case scenario would be if you had a friend or a few friends who would be willing to step up should the need arise. If your kids do not want the dogs and would see them as a burden, it would be best to consider other options IMO. It's really good that you're thinking about all of this.
I think all of us, no matter what age we are, should have a will with specific directions of what should happen to our pets. They are our babies.