Thursday, November 27, 2014

Concerns of Animal Feed Additive from Dr. Michael Fox | Truth about Pet Food

Dr. Michael Fox is a long time friend of our family - he's been an influence in my life since I was 10.  The point he is making here is that the meat we are feeding our animals contains additives that may not be in the best interest of our pet's health (our either for that matter).



I don't eat meat, but I still feed it to my pets, so it is still a big concern for me and for the health and safety of my pets.



To learn more about the dangers of feed additives that can affect your pet, read more...

Concerns of Animal Feed Additive from Dr. Michael Fox | Truth about Pet Food



Sunday, November 23, 2014

‘Pup-Nups’ Help Solve Pet Custody Disputes « CBS Pittsburgh

It's the latest rage - a Pup Nup - a prenuptial agreement with our soon-to-be spouse that governs who gets the pets if something happens to the marriage.  Sound crazy? Not at all!  It's your best defense against a legal battle with your now, soon-to-be-ex if your marriage becomes a statistic.  Don't forget, 50% of all marriages don't survive.  You might not have kids, but what about the pets?



When my first husband and I divorced we had a dog and two cats.  I got the dog and one of the cats.  He kept the other cat and I got visitation rights.  My current husband and I have 3 horses, 7 dogs and 2 cats.  That would be a disaster if anything happened to our marriage.



I know one lady who spent her retirement savings fighting her ex over visitation of their dog.  They couldn't agree who would keep the dog and the other wanted rights to visit.  Rather than "switching kids" at the local McDonalds or Burger King, they swapped at their vet's office.  This was fine until one day when the vet techs reported he let the dog out of the trunk of the car!



And you don't have to be married to have a pet custody dispute.  Unmarried couples often adopt pets or buy each other a pet as a gift.  Then, when the relationship ends, there's no clear answer to who keeps the pet.  When two friends of mine split, she wanted the dog because she bought it (for him) and he wanted the dog because it was his gift.  Today, he has the dog and she visits.  He did buy her another dog, but as you pet lover's know, it didn't diminish the love she had for the first - so now there's a new dog to love.  



A Pup Nup could avoid all this legal wrangling when relationships go bad.  Planning ahead for how pets and property are going to be divided is well advised.  For more information, don't hesitate to call The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan, and ask for Peggy Hoyt.  407-977-8080.  



‘Pup-Nups’ Help Solve Pet Custody Disputes « CBS Pittsburgh



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Keeping Your Dog (And Your Kids) Safe On Halloween | The Dogington Post

The holidays are just starting and Halloween is the big kick off!  Here's some tips to keep both your children with fur coats and those with two legs safe on Halloween.  Read more....



Keeping Your Dog (And Your Kids) Safe On Halloween | The Dogington Post

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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