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Question Dog arrangements when I'm gone?

I'm 84, so the prospect of final arrangements is on my mind. I am concerned about my dogs when I'm gone. Have any of you made special arrangements for your dogs after you can no longer care for them?
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I'm 84, so the prospect of final arrangements is on my mind. I am concerned about my dogs when I'm gone. Have any of you made special arrangements for your dogs after you can no longer care for them?

I put my dogs in my will. They would go to people that know and like them and are all dog people. I still plan on being around for a few more years though..
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Any responsible person makes arrangements.
I hope EVERYONE has done so- we are not promised tomorrow.

There are legal forms on AKC.org, and there are articles on goldenretrieverfoundation.org that should help you with making your plans. Just be sure to make your wishes known verbally as well as on paper, and your heirs aware that you are leaving funds for the person of your choosing to disperse on the dogs.

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I know of a few elderly people through training clubs... they do co-ownerships with their dog's breeders to ensure their dogs never end up in rescue.

That said, I also know of younger people who died very suddenly due to pneumonia or other complications or car crashes... everyone should have a plan.

If anything happens to me, my sister Amy becomes my dogs' mom. If anything happens to her too and my parents... my 2 babies would go back to their breeder and quite honestly I think she'd be happy to take and keep Bertie too.

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If anything happens to me, Kaizer goes to my trainer. If she couldn't take him for whatever reason (a lot of peoples' dogs are going to her if something happens to them lol), he goes to one of my other dog training friends
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It is good of you to be concerned for their welfare. If you don't have anyone in your realm that would want to take them, I wonder if a Golden Retriever Rescue organization would be able to accept them? They seem to do a great job of finding loving homes and have a large number of families requesting dogs. If anything happened to my husband and I, my son would take care of his "brother" Rukie.
This looks like a good step by step process
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I don't know if your dogs came from responsible breeders- but if they did (aesthetic's post made it cross my mind) the breeder probably has a right to take the dog back.
HAving had multiple puppy people die over the years and dealing w the scenarios that result, that needs to be very crystal clear- sometimes heirs imagine dogs are worth $$ and want breeder to pay $$ to get dog back. Check your contract to see what it says and what you agreed to in the case you no longer are the dog's home.
FWIW- if anyone's curious- I only went to court over one, I was perfectly happy w the plans with the other people's end of life plans for their dogs. But this one- they (The parents of the man who died, who probably at least 75% of you would know so don't imagine wealth means you came out of intelligent parents) 'did not believe in' hw prevention,f/t prevention, or fencing, or any other responsible thing so when we uncovered this at the funeral, I asked for the dog. They declined, I filed suit the next Monday. I won. So- don't imagine a good contract wouldn't be upheld.

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Mine go to the local GR rescue group who does a great job of finding homes. I have included a significant donation to the GR rescue group for their efforts should this happen.
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Glad you are thinking about this -- definitely make arrangements. I hope you have family who will commit to giving them a loving home.

If something happens to both my husband and me, my sister has committed to taking good and loving care of my dogs. She has a labradoodle named Beans and she knows I will take him into our family. She always sends me the name/# of Beans' pet sitter when they go out of town just in case. They're younger retirees. I also have two adult children who are backups/possible future primary on the list. My daughter is currently mom to a 6, 4, and 2 year old, plus a nine week old pug -- so she's a bit busy at the moment. My son has a cat, job and is about to go to grad school.

To be honest, my daughter would probably take my home if we passed. It's more spacious than hers and she keeps needing more space. We definitely are leaving behind the financial means for her to care for our dogs should she want to -- and to hire people to assist. She has very much loved all of our dogs. Thanks for this thread. I probably need to discuss this with her to see if she wants me to switch to her as primary at this point. We're still young, but as pointed out the future is unknown, and her children will grow up quickly -- they always do -- time flies.
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Thanks, I think I will make sure Stuart is in the will. He will go to a close friend who dog sits him when needed.
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