I know it may seem like a strange topic to write about, but after having had a recent discussion with a Grumble friend about a rescue Puggie who had moved between three owners because all three had passed away, it sense to me that it was a topic that needed attention.
Being the Crazy Pug Lady that I am, I have made provisions in my last will and testament for Rosie and Charles (and any other Puggies we may adopt), to ensure that not only do they go to someone who they know and love, but that I'm assured that their lifestyle remains in line with my expectations and that their medical needs are covered as they get older ... and more expensive.
Now obviously, if I pre-decease Andrew or vice versa then we who will be caring for Rosie and Charles, but if for some reason we both go at the same time then it was really important to us that we seriously consider who we ask/nominate to be their new Hooman. Thankfully we weren't short of volunteers within our family and our Grumble circle which was comforting, but is not always the case when you hear about Puggies who have been surrendered because no-one wanted them or nothing had been arranged prior to the Hooman passing.
|Believe me when I say that our Lawyer was a little surprised that we had a very specific list of requirements for our Puggies and their care to be included in our wills; she commented that it was like we were talking about the custody of human children, and in my mind, I was talking about the custody of my children ... my fur-children. I have heard that it is becoming more common place these days but it wasn't so much so when I had Louis and was a single girl nearly 20 years ago.
Andrew and I discussed at length who was best placed to care for our Puggies in a way that we wanted them to be cared for; did they have similar beliefs around discipline, exercise, socialisation, grooming, play group, food and treats, being allowed in the house and on the couch, and did their definition of "quality of life" align with ours. It was a tough decision, but we narrowed our list down and thankfully our first choice agreed! Having said that, we still check in every now and again to makes sure that they're still ok with the arrangement, peoples circumstances change and what was OK a few years ago, might not be the case now.
We also estimated how much we thought it would cost to care for our Puggies for the remainder of their natural life. Luckily, having been a Pug-mom for nearly 20 years I had a good idea of what it costs to feed, clothe (yes, clothe!) and care for a Pug each year. It is a little subjective but at the end of the day, a good estimate helps allocate what you think will be required to be gifted to your Puggies carer for the average life expectance of a Pug. We thought it was only right to cover their living expenses as best we could noting that our nominated carer had agreed to take on our Puggies at what we expect to be very short notice.
The other thing that I have in my will is an allocation/bequeathment to our nominated Pug Rescue. I have been blessed with the love of four Puggies, who were either rescues or re-home, and I know what it costs to get a Puggie's health to a point that their ready for adoption; their adoption fee rarely covers it all. Giving back to the organisations that have given me the Puggies who have given me unconditional love, is a small way for me to say thank you for their gift.
|Talking about your last will and testament, and making plans for your Puggies should you pass before they do can be a little off-putting, but I think is a necessary practicality when it comes to the welfare of your Puggies. Maybe you should be asking yourself, are you ok with them being surrendered to a rescue organisation that is not your choice, and are you ok with them going to a home/family that is not of your choosing either? Only you can answer those questions, and the answers will determine what you do next.
There is no right or wrong answer to this, and I think that most Pug-Pawrents have already thought about this on some level - we love our Puggies too much not to have at lease considered it once.
I'd love for you to share with us what provisions you have made for your Puggies or have you not considered it yet? Just because I've made my provisions formal doesn't mean that they have to be; you maybe lucky enough to have an extended family of Pug-owners to whom your Puggie will do to naturally and you don't even have to give it a second thought; I'd love to hear all about it so please share in the comment section below.
And, until next time Puggies, have a pawsome week and Hooman's be generous with the snackies.
From Donna, Charles and Rosie
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