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Ensure Your Pets Are Cared For

Steps to Ensure that Your Pets are Well Taken Care of When You Can No Longer Provide Care

By guest blogger Jessica Brody

The average life expectancy of a Labrador Retriever is 12 years. Overall, pets have a shorter life span when compared to that of humans. Even though you know this fact, it is still difficult to cope with their death. Have you ever wondered how your pets would feel when you are no longer here? What will happen to them in case they outlive you?

Senior pet owners consider pets a part of their family. Which is why it becomes your responsibility to make plans to secure the future of your pets. Some of the steps that you should take to ensure that your pets are well taken care:

Choose caregivers from among your friends and family

Have a talk with your friends and family, and choose at least two caregivers (people who are willing
to take on the responsibility). In case something happens to you or there is an emergency, these people will act as emergency caregivers. Ensure that you give them all the details such your veterinarian’s name and any special instructions about feeding and caring for the pet. Remember to give them spare keys to your home, and let them know about whatever permanent provisions you have made.

  • Keep your neighbors informed

You may be close to your family and friends. However, if you live alone, they are not the ones that are always around you. Your neighbors can be a great help in situations where you are incapacitated. Therefore, see to it that your neighbors are well informed about your pets. Tell them how many pets you have and what their names are. Provide them with contact numbers of your temporary caregivers as well as your emergency contact details.

  • Find out more about organizations that take care of pets

Most of the organizations cannot take care of your pets after you are unable to because they severely lack funds. They may be able to look after them for a while, until they are handed over to your permanent caregiver. However, there are some sanctuaries and pet retirement homes that dedicate themselves to take care of pets whose owners are no longer around. All you need to do is pay them a small donation, and they will take care of your pets. However, this must be used as a last resort as pets may very well be distressed because of the confinement.

  • Include pets in your will

Your lawyer can help you draw the kind of documents needed to include pets in your will. While this will ensure you have taken care of all the legal details related to your pets, you should be aware of its downsides. For one, your will may come under dispute, and it may take weeks or even months to resolve it. For another, it may actually take some time for your pet care instructions to be carried out.

  • Set up a pet trust

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, 47 percent of pet owners are willing to spend any amount of money to save their pets. So a trust fund doesn’t seem that far-fetched, does it? A pet trust is a legal document that can provide for your pets when you become ill or incapacitated. In fact, you can choose when the trust should come into effect. The best thing about these trusts is that during the probate process, certain assets can be excluded.

It is always good to be prepared for worst case scenarios. Making future plans for your pets makes certain that they don’t suffer much after you can no longer take care of them.

We have created a short booklet that walks you through setting up a plan for your pets should you become unexpectedly ill and can't get to them. We'll send one to the first 50 people who email haley@bogobowl.com. 

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PETS FOR LIFE

Free dog food, free spaying and neutering, free micro chipping, free grooming, free training and free vaccinations. What's the catch? There is no catch other than love your pet and the Humane Society of the United States will help you do it.

Pets for Life of the Humane Society of the United States has goal to keep pets off the streets and out of shelters. Pets for Life was created to keep pets with their loving owners.

The Humane Society of the United States is reaching out to communities in Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles providing people that may not have the economic means to support their pets with some support.

By helping people the Humane Society of the United States is actually helping animals, because people love their animals. One less animal that has to be relinquished to a shelter because their owner can't afford food for them is taking big steps to stop the over-crowding situations in shelters.

The Humane Society of the United States is also guiding other organizations around the United States to implement a community outreach program to help under-served communities with the animal welfare resources, services, and information they need.

Pets for Life is working to ensure that no child has to say good-bye to the family dog because food's to expense and that no pet owner has to give up a long time friend because they can't afford a vet bill. Pet's for Life is working to keep dogs off the streets and out of shelters one step at a time.

Here's a short video about Pets for Life coming to a Philadelphia neighborhood and helping out.

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DO DOGS UNDERSTAND OUR WORDS?

In some families the dog is spoken to as much, if not more than some of the other family members in the house. It just always seems like they are there with a listening ear and a snug if you're having a bad day. Can your dog understand you though? Does he know what you mean when you say, “Be a good boy” or “Where’s your ball?”

Some dogs may have the same intellect as an average three year old. Dogs listen to sounds, tones, and read body language. The ability to train a dog basically suggests that dogs can learn some words.

Repetition of Words

Dogs are also capable of learning names of objects. This all just depends on the willingness of the owner to create verbal relationships with objects. This requires a motivation in both the human and the dog. You may have to repeat something’s name 20-40 times before your dog can put it together.

Here's a Border Collie named Chaser who knows 1,000 words!

Body Language and Tone of Words

Some dogs have an easier time understanding words than others. Most dogs look at clues from their surroundings to understand what the words mean. A dog will look at a human’s body movements and tone. They take note of how we stress our speech.

A dog will want to understand the meaning of what you are saying, so he will pay attention to the melody and mood of your voice. This way they may be able to predict what’s going to happen next just by the way you said something. This suggests that a dog may understand tone more than they do words.

Context of Words

There was a study done by Columbia University on a German Shepard named Fellow in the 1920s. Fellow was tested on what words he actually knew. They discovered that when Fellow was tested with words outside of their regular context he didn’t understand as many as his owner thought he did. It’s like when you tell your dog it is bed time when it’s dark and you are heading to bed. A dog will understand “bed time” then better than when you just woke up and the sun is shining.

Definition of Words

Dogs also may have a different understanding of words than we do. Ian Dunbar, founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers explains that to you, “sit” means you are in a sitting position. If you tell a dog to sit when he is already sitting he will lay down. This suggests the dog’s definition of “sit” is getting lower to the ground.

The words that you speak to your dog don’t always carry the same meaning to you as they do to your dog. The more important things than actually words may be the context and tone you use when speaking them.

So the true question, do dogs understand our words? They may understand more than you think they do, so keep on having those chats with your dog. He’ll always be there to lend a droopy, perked, or floppy ear!

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