Do you have any arrangements in place in case something happens leaving you unable to care for your dogs? My mum recently asked me to make such an arrangement with her so that she could be sure that her dogs were looked after if she became ill. I have promised that I would take two of her dogs, my brother would take the other two. It has made me think that perhaps more of us should think about this.
When we got Jakey out of the RSPCA we had to sign that if anything happened to us he would go back to the RSPCA. We had to sign similar forms for the boxers but they were more if we had to give them up rather than where we both died. We have the RSPCA forms here, but we have never got round to filling them in. I know we should really as there is no one else that we can leave the dogs to if anything happens to us.
I don't like thinking about it, like I said, but if we don't think about it long enough to make sure they are cared for, we aren't being responsible. That's teh only reason I did it -- to ensure someone knows how much I love them and want them to be safe when I'm gone.
I tend not to think about what if scenarios like that. I have enough on my plate to worry about right now, ya know? I guess I should probably figure something out, for both the animals & the kids.
The thing is that once you have got arrangements in place you can stop thinking about it and be free of those what if type thoughts. It is even more important to leave plans in place for your children.
Having made this arrangement with my mum it influences my choices a bit. When making decisions about my own pets I keep in mind the possibility that at some point in the future we could inherit two extra (small) dogs.
It has always been in our mind to have back up in case we're gone (although I hope that won't happen to the three of us). We signed papers at the rescue center that Boston will be back to their care in any case we're gone. I wish I could give him to my brother though but I'm not so sure if the center would agree on that.