When you decide to adopt or purchase a dog, you are pledging to take care of the animal for his or her entire life. While this may seem like something that is straightforward, there are some events and situations that you likely haven’t thought of yet. While you have a few minutes, ponder the plans you have for your pet if any of these situations were to occur.
Your untimely death
No one likes to think about their own death; however, this is a situation that you must think about if you have pets, especially when those pets are larger dogs like the Staffordshire bull terrier. You probably don’t want your beloved dog to end up with an uncertain and likely unpleasant life in a shelter, so you should make sure that you have someone who is willing to care for your dog after your death. Ideally, you will choose someone who has the financial stability and the living conditions that will provide a good life for your dog. Once you decide on the person who will care for Fido, you need to spell out your wishes and any instructions in a will. This makes it a little easier for those left behind to know what to do with your dog.
You get a divorce
The divorce rate in America is high, so having to plan for this unpleasant situation is vital. For many people, dogs are members of the family that are sometimes caught up in the legal proceedings of a divorce. If you aren’t married yet, you should get a prenuptial agreement that specifies who gets the dogs in the event of a divorce. If you are already married, you and your spouse may need to discuss the animals now to avoid potential problems. It is all too easy to think that divorce will never happen to you, but doing so may mean that you have to say goodbye to your dogs if one occurs.
You get sick
You should make temporary arrangements for your dog just in case you get sick and can’t care for him or her. While it may be possible to find someone to watch your dog once you get sick, it is a lot easier to make these plans when you are well so all you have to do is call up the doggy sitter when you need help. When you are making plans for a temporary guardian for your dogs, you should get a contract together that specifies who is going to pay for what expenses. For example, you may be willing to pay for food and necessary medical care, but you may not feel the need to pay for professional grooming every week. Spelling out who is responsible for what expenses may make things easier if you ever get sick. You may want to start an account just for dog care so that the person watching your dog has funds available immediately to use on your dog.
In a sue-happy and slightly crazy world, you can’t plan too much when it comes to the care of your pet. Take the steps now to make sure that when you go through major life issues your pet doesn’t suffer.