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    Red face Making a will

    Hi all
    I have read somewhere else in this forum about how some members have made provision for their dogs in their will. How has this been done? Can I have some advice? I am hesitating about getting another dog because it might outlive me and I hate to think what might then happen to it. I would appreciate any thoughts on this.

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    I haven't personally, but check out this document from the Australian Law Society: http://www.lawsociety.com.au/idc/gro...ers/068231.pdf

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    You make provision for your dogs pretty much the same as you do for your kids or possessions really.

    However, just bear in mind, just because it is in your will, doesnt mean its what will actually happen unfortunately.

    I dont even have a will yet :O

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    We did ours through a legal firm, because we bequested our dogs. that made it more complicated.

    We have bequested our dogs with the RSPCA, but we have involved newf Rescue with it........It made for a very tangled mess, but now all parties are happy with it. Hubby and I do not have kids, so instead of the usual $7000 per dog for the Bequest program, we will be leaving more and it is all tangled up with our horses and dogs. But we use Newf Rescue, so that the dogs do not end up living at the RSPCA, whilst it is all being sorted. But the Newf Rescue does not have the financial backing and permanency that the RSPCA has. I really like the people at the Bequest program in Melbourne. We e-mail quite frequently, I send them updates of my dogs. We send pictures of our dogs to and fro (they send pictures of their dogs) and we have met a few time. They introduced a new person who started there and we keep in contact. To me it is important for me to personalise my dogs to them, so that they are not just another number. I have also worked hard at my dogs being very social, and that they love other people and work with other people. When and if something happens I hope that they will re-home due to fact that they love people. I used to think that my previously aggressive Rescue Newfie Annabelle, would have to be PTS, if something happened to both of us. But by working hard at it, i think with the knowledge Newf Rescue has of her and the RSPCA, she will now also be fine.
    That is something people forget, your dog has to be trained to be able to re-home........So it is of benefit to the dog for you to allow the dog to be handled by lots of people and for the dogs to enjoy it. Mine do......I now use them to teach people Obedience, I allow people to "feel" a good obedient dog on the end of the lead. it teaches the people how it can be and under our supervision it is good for our dogs to have been handled by other people. Sometimes we make our dogs too exclusive to us and that would mean PTS, if something happened to us.

    If a dog is on the Bequest program, the RSPCA finds the dog a permanent Foster (type) home and they will be checked and all vet fees will be paid for that dog in the future.....there are some people who only take on RSPCA Bequest dogs. It is a great way to own a dog too no vet fees......And always back-up. I have met a few of these Bequest dog owners and it has been a great experience. Some I met by pure chance, a newfie, at a newfie day. That is why I joined. And some here locally through a dog club

    Anyway I hop this helps
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    I don't have a will yet, but I have cajoled and threatened everyone I know that if I go my dogs need to be looked after properly LOL....if they end up in a pound I will personally come back and haunt them incessantly lol
    Help Alvin and Barkly Save dogs from death row :-) Please take a moment to go and vote for them here http://www.pawclub.com.au/Promotions...ote.aspx?id=14 So they can win and donate some much needed funds to Big Dog Rescue. THANKS AND WOOF!!

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    I haven't made a specific provision in my will for any dogs, however the beneficiary of my estate and of my life insurance knows any dogs will be going to them and I know that they would be looked after.
    Beau.
    If you find yourself going through hell; Don't stay. Just keep on going.
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    Thanks Nashems. That article was very interesting. Thanks also Newfie. What you have done is also interesting. I am not sure exactly what bequesting your dog really means. I will need to contact the local RSPCA. My dogs are not pure bred so I do not have any pure bred society to fall back on. I do have children but I am not sure I can rely on them. My daughter's daughter is allergic to dogs; one son has never liked one of my dogs (in fact he told me two days ago that she was the ugliest dog he has ever seen) and she is very anxious around him; my other son lives in WA and already has a dog. So I can't really rely on family. What you say Newfie about making sure your dog is people friendly is of course true, but not everybody has the opportunity to socialise their dog in this way. My dogs become very excited when anybody knocks at the door and yes I do know how to train them not to do this but when someone only knocks at your door about once a month it is difficult. Besides I like them to let me know there is someone there because I have a hearing loss and I do depend on them for this. I guess I just need to make sure I outlive them. Thanks all for your suggestions and help

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    I told my mum that if I died tomorrow, whoever ended up with my kid had to take the dogs too in order to make it that little bit less stressful for my kid.

    My mum thinks she gets the kid (which she does despite my OH thinking she would go to his mum on the other side of the world) and packed a shitty about the dogs. She was like "you cant do that " and "we wouldnt take the dogs"...so I said to her, "guess the kid will be going to OH mums instead then"

    LOLOL

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    What an interesting thread! I've never thought about what would happen to my dogs if me and the oh both died. I think I would pass them on to my mum. She's the only one i'd trust! Hopefully we both still have at least another 70 years under our belts though!

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