This is an interesting question, which is spoken on multiple levels. Yes, we are responsible and act in our FF Best Friends best interest on a day-to-day basis. We take our pet to the Vet, keep all immunizations up-to-date. We make sure our FF Best Friend is happy and healthy. ‘I clean up after my dog and I spend time with her. She is truly my FF Best Friend’. How many of us can say this, all of us right? The majority can or have said this with clarity of responsibility. We do provide all the best care we can, including exercise and education for our FF Best Friend.
Recently, a new responsibility came to light. A responsibility that perhaps, we have only thought of in the sense of indulgent and affluent populations, but a responsibility all the same. This is an area we just had not considered before. After all, how many of us will be leaving estates to our FF Best Friends. Well, the truth of the matter is, leaving an estate is the small picture of this responsibility for our FF Best Friend. Who will take care and take on the responsibility for our FF Best Friend if we cannot. As a population people are living longer and so remarkably are our pets (any of our pets). However, we also travel more and spend more time enjoying our quality playtime. We adopt pets later in life and give them the lifestyle our economic station affords.
So, what happens if we sustain a life threatening illness, or devastating life altering medical condition or if we pass. What about our FF Best Friend? To be completely honest, most of us don’t give this much thought. The truth is, the best scenario is that a dear friend or relative will take on this responsibility. The worse case is our beloved FF Best Friend will go to the shelter or left to his or her own devices to survive.
Our knowledge today spans a multitude of legal situations. A few years ago it was necessary to bring up the responsibility of making a Health Care Directive and Will. Most people are far more enlightened today about these two instruments of our life. Now here is the crux, is our FF Best Friend mentioned in them? Wow think about it – what will happen to our confident, our friend through all. So many of us are a part of the baby boomers and have raised our family, are now seeing our parents pass on and thinking of our retirement days, leisure time to spend with our FF Best Friend. So, how do we make our wishes known and what will happen.
We can attach or make a Letter of Direction for many of our truly important wishes we want to pass along to our decision makers. The people who are our Medical and/or Financial Power of Attorney should know and have a copy of the most recent letter of direction. It is in this instrument we can make our concerns and wishes known about care and ownership of our FF Best Friend. Of course, you are probably way ahead of me. This document is one we must keep up-to-date and best reviewed on a yearly basis. Thanksgiving is a great reminder for making sure this is up to date or to actually sit down and write out our wishes. Please be sure that whomever we want to designate as a substitute for our FF Best Friend is aware of this and has agreed to be the steward of our wishes.