If you die...

meepitsmeagan

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... what will happen to your dogs? Have you thought about it?

Exactly as it says! I know we've had threads similar, but I'm interested to see if people have changed their answers and see new people's thoughts!

If I die and DH lives, I think he would keep our entire crew. I'm not sure how he would manage to exercise everyone, but I can't see him rehoming just because I wasn't around any longer.

If we both die, I have homes set up for 2/3 dogs. A good friend would take Rider and Josh's parents would take Harlow. I haven't decided if I am going to try to find somewhere for Tulsa or if she would just go back to the breeder to be placed.

I don't like thinking about this AT ALL, but unfortunately I wouldn't want to see them head to a shelter or something because I didn't have anything set up.

I have everyone's vet records in corresponding folders to hopefully make it easier if something were to happen. I'm in the process of writing up a document stating where everyone should go and contact information. I'm also building a "basics" package of brands of food, ect to be in that folder. Ugh, I just can't help it.
 
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There would be a brawl :rofl1: As infuriating as he can be, Astro has a number of really dedicated fans. My mom and dad love him and would try to claim him seeing as he's their grandpup (I'm using their own term, here!), but I have a couple friends who love love love him as well - one of whom has actually said that he would fight to inherit Astro (kinda joking but kinda not).

Maybe I should figure it out/hash things out more. I think I would leave him to my parents, honestly. They love him, they're financially secure, and he knows and loves them. And - I know this is morbid - if their only child is dead, they might want that tie to stay in the family.
 

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My parents would keep the ferrets. Technically Nacho could go back to rescue, since he's a foster, but my parents would gladly continue to foster him.
 

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I don't have anything set in stone, but I have some options.

Frag would obviously go to Jon/Jon's parents if he were deployed.

My parents would take Recon if they had to, but I am imagining I would have a handful of friends step up. Jess with Bart would likely take him, I'm thinking. Breeder would always take him back, a disc friend has expressed interest in him too. He's easy. There are options.

Patton... HAHAHAHA. Uhm, Lies or Kristin would probably take him; the breeder and another breeder friend. The dam's owner would also likely take him back. Thinking an IPO friend may also offer to take him, but who knows. My parents would also make sure he didn't end up in a shelter if that were necessary, though they would hate it.

Brittany, you want dibs?

I also have all vet records filed and accounted for well. They would likely go to dog sport people so I have no worries that they wouldn't feed them or treat them well.
 

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If I died, Ken would keep 'em.

If both of us died and my parents had any say, they'd probably euth 'em both and put Jack in my casket and Crossbone in Ken's. :p
 

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My parents will have both dogs. If they need to be rehomed or pts for any reason, they know exactly what I feel is the best for both dogs. This has been discussed and agreed upon. Gracie is actually the 'family' dog - I was 15 when we got her. When I moved out, they allowed me to take her because she and Abby are so close and she had become 'my' dog. Having said that, I have no misgivings about them going back to live there. My parents love them and will look after them and I know they would just slip back into living there. When I visit, they come with me and it's like they never left. They are actually going to stay with them for 6 weeks while I go overseas in late November.

I completely trust them to follow through with what we have discussed. The chances of them rehoming the dogs are very low, but they need to be given that option if circumstances change. I'm very lucky I don't have to worry so much about this. I think it's very important to have a plan in place, whatever it may be so I've been very open about it. It'd break my heart if I thought they'd end up in a shelter. I'd rather have them pts straight away to be honest but that's just me and what I think is right for my own dogs. Gracie is a senior and shouldn't be in a shelter at the end of her life and Abby would find the whole thing unbelievably stressful. My parents know that if they cannot have them and there is no way they can look after them until a suitable home is found, they are to be pts surrounded by someone they know and trust at the end.
 

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My answer's kinda changed! I used to say that if I died, I would absolutely insist that Trent go back to his breeder. My mother takes care of him fine short term, but long term he is a lot of work and she has a difficult time managing him.

But now? I don't know. He'll be 6 years old in a few months, and if I died, a lot would depend on how equipped my mother was to take him, and if there was a better home seriously interested in him. He has shown that he does not like staying in new places without me (even if someone else in the family is accompanying him), so I'm not altogether sure I'd want the stress of going to the breeder's and then (inevitably) to a new home piled on top of my permanent absence. Could he handle it? Yeah, sure. But the adjustment period could be rough and it makes me sad to think about.

So basically - if my mother really wanted to keep him, I could see it working out. But if he had another amazing home lined up for him through the breeder, I'd be okay with that, too.

Also if my entire family spontaneously combusts, Squirrelcat goes to Nolu, though she might have to share custody with Mandy :p
 

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My parents would definitely keep Auggie.

Pepper they might keep... or they might send her back to the breeder (or she might ask for her back.) I don't know what they would do with Pepper. I don't even know what I think Pepper would prefer or would be best for her.

Payton I think they would keep but not exactly enjoy having him hahaha. They tell me they like him. And then he actually, you know, moves... or does something... his co-owner might want him, but I don't think they would let him go. Although they might pawn him off on my sister, I think she might sort of like having him, crazy though he is.

We actually put me on Georgie as co-owner so if my parents both died, I would keep her.
 

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If I just died, my husband would continue to care for the dogs. If we both died, my mother would take them in. She had said several times we were up visiting last time she'd take Charlotte in a heart beat if we ever decided to rehome her (lol that's funny), and would love Ma'ii too.
 

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I don't know. Her breeder would happily take her back. My parents adore her though, so I think they would probably keep her if they could manage having such a handful of a dog, long term.
 

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I don't know. Her breeder would happily take her back. My parents adore her though, so I think they would probably keep her if they could manage having such a handful of a dog, long term.
She would come live with me. Duh. :p
 

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I imagine my husband would just keep taking care of them... if we both died, I'm not sure. The Pom would probably find himself back in the shelter he originally came from. I HOPE someone would come get Daisy :/ like my mom or something... maybe I should write up a document. Honestly at this point I'd probably put in there to just have her euth'd :( IMO she has plenty of good days left (she's still pretty springy and overall happy, eats well and is relatively healthy), but she doesn't hold her bladder if left alone for more than an hour or two. I don't know anyone else that would put up with her peeing everywhere for forever. I'm not sure what would happen to Liz, either... if someone contacted my ex, I'm sure he'd take her (and honestly probably Daisy too) if he could get them back across the country somehow. Rage would absolutely go back to her breeder. Keena... I would hope my husband's mom would take her in, but again, across the country :(
 

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This is assuming Rick and I both died. Rick would keep both Bloo and Em if it was just me. And then curse my soul until Bloo died.

Copper and Shadow would stay with my folks as they are both really "family" dogs.

Em really wouldn't take living with many other people well. She's kind of an asshole. Christin or Meagan or Terri could have dibs if they felt so inclined. If none of them wanted her, I would want her euth'd, probably. My parents would take care of her, quite happily, but she wouldn't be happy with them.

ETA: Christin is taking Em.
ETAA: Meagan will take Bloo. She gets euth'd otherwise.
 
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Gambit would go to a friend. If for any reason she was unable to take/keep him, I would have him PTS. He would fall apart in a shelter setting, and, as a hybrid, he probably wouldn't be legal for them to place anyway. He's more animal then most people could handle.

Gimmick would probably have a few people fighting to get him. He's a precious creature, and a very easy keeper.

My neighbor would snatch Felony before my body was even cold.
 

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My parents would absolutely keep Meg, although she's got a list of people who have said that if we ever get rid of her (ha!) they want first dibs. She's easy and would be happier with them than anywhere else.

I think they would keep Gusto as well, although that might be harder. They would probably have to reach out to friends of mine to get him exercised a bit. But he is very devoted to my mother, and I think she's more attached than she'd admit.

If they couldn't keep them or were already gone, I have friends who I am certain would step up to make sure they got into appropriate homes.
 

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