Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What Joan Rivers Just Taught Pet Lovers About Estate Planning - DailyFinance

Joan set a great example for all pet lovers - make sure your pets are cared for in the event something happens to you.  This doesn't mean just in the event of your death.  Your plan for your pets needs to include provisions in the event you should become disabled and unable to care for your pets.

"All My Children Wear Fur Coats - How to Leave a Legacy for Your Pet" by Peggy R. Hoyt outlines the many different ways you can include your pets as part of your estate plan.  Planning for your pets doesn't have to mean a comprehensive pet trust but you have to be specific about who should be responsible for your pets, how you want them cared for and the resources necessary to ensure their care is consistent with your desires.

If I want someone to take on the responsibility for my 3 horses, 7 dogs and 2 cats, it would be unfair if I didn't provide the resources necessary to make this possible.  In this case, a pet trust is one of the best ways to ensure there are sufficient funds and professional oversight for the investment and distribution of the money for the benefit of the pets.  You'll also want to choose your remainder beneficiaries carefully - you don't want to unintentionally create a situation where family members or other disgruntled heirs try and change the terms of your trust.

You can read more about Joan's planning here...

What Joan Rivers Just Taught Pet Lovers About Estate Planning - DailyFinance

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Remember the Hero Dogs of 9/11 | The Dogington Post

We just remembered the anniversary of 9/11.  Let's not forget the dogs that participated in this event and were instrumental in helping to locate so many of those affected by the days' events.  

Remember the Hero Dogs of 9/11 | The Dogington Post

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Survey of Veterinary Malpractice Articles

If you are interested in the changing field of veterinary malpractice, this site provides a very good survey of veterinary malpractice along with articles and commentary.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dealing with Pet Death: Planning a Pet Funeral

If you are a pet lover, then you have probably experienced the loss of a loved pet.  There are lots of different ways to memorialize your pet, everything from planting a tree, writing a song or poem, to a pet funeral complete with casket and headstone.

Every person deals with the loss of a pet differently.  There is no right or wrong way to memorialize your pet.  Just do what gives you the most comfort - now and for the future.  

Dealing with Pet Death: Planning a Pet Funeral - Page 1

Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 International Assistance Dog Week

International Assistance Dog Week was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations.  In addition to honoring assistance dogs during their special week, one of the goals is to raise awareness about these very special and highly trained animals. This year International Assistance Dog Week is August 3-9.

Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their devoted companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family. Assistance dogs include Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Hearing Alert Dogs, Seizure Alert/Response Dogs and Medical Alert/Response Dogs.

International Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. Davis is the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, a resource book that captures personal stories, checklists and practical tips to provide the reader with an A-Z guide about service dogs and she is the host of the Internet radio program, Working Like Dogs, at As a member of a service dog team, she founded Working Like Dogs to honor assistance dogs around the world.

More information about International Assistance Dog week can be found at