Plan Ahead

at the shorelineAh…the ocean, the sand, the sunset. You know I love that. Can’t wait for Our annual holiday trip. That’ll be in a couple of months, but I’m tapping my toes in anticipation.

Until then, I’ve been thinking. You know I always think.

And you know I’ve been thinking about sad things recently with many of my pals leaving this worldly earth. And I can’t thank y’all enough for your kind words, your encouragement and your help to get me out of my funk. Your words mean a lot to me. And I got to thinking about what it all means.

So, one thing it means is that it’s time to plan ahead. Yes. Now. Don’t wait another moment.

(I’ve written about this before but a refresher is always in order.)

  • Have your peeps made provisions for your care if something should happen to them? Make them do that right now. There’s no time like the present.
  • Suggest to them that they choose a loving person to take care of you. Someone they know and that you know, too.  And, if they don’t know a person to take care of you, ask your Dogtor about it the next time you go for a visit.
  • Bark at them to include a dollar amount in their estate plan to help this person take care of you. And include your favorite Dogtor’s name, too, and maybe some money for him/her so that things are easier.
  • Also, here’s a question: have your peeps made plans to make sure you’re not in any pain if you should ever get really, really sick or hurt? It’s very, very, very hard to let a loved one go over the bridge, but, as hard as it is to say goodbye, suffering’s even harder. Especially if you don’t need to. It’s hard for our peeps to talk about, but make them do it. For your sake. And theirs. They might think they’d do whatever it takes to help you feel better and be out of pain, but when it comes right down to it, they may be hesitant. Help them know that you’ll be OK, and that you’ll see each other later.
  • This isn’t pleasant stuff, but, trust me, you and your peeps will feel better once these things have been discussed and written down somewhere.
  • For the record, I made my peeps do this a few years ago. After They realized They hadn’t written anything down. Right in the middle of a plane flight. A long way away from moi.
  • Do this out of love. Because, as y’all have pointed out, that’s what it’s all about.

Now go out there and have some fun and think happy thoughts today!



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Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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33 Responses to Plan Ahead

  1. I’ve read at Gamblers blog that there is a book where you can write all the things down what are important when this case will hapen. It’s “If I Should Die Before My Dog”, Joe & Cathy Connolly. It’s essential to ponder about this topic (even when we dislike it because it’s so sad)… Have a super thursday, let’s hope that all this sad things will be far away…

  2. Kyla says:

    You can leave everything to your dog but the law won’t let the dog determine who gets what’s left over after the dog crosses. Ridiculous. Nobody knows the good guys and bad guys in the family better than the dog.

  3. Lee says:

    Well good guys or bad guys in the family – Family what is that? We have NO living relatives.
    Yep it is just the two of us. Anyone want me if Lee goes to that place?
    Sweet William The Scot

  4. We are all organized too…cause you just never know what will happen

  5. Donna says:

    You are not only a handsome Scottie, but you are smart too!

  6. Lucy & Mac says:

    Our peeps had it all planned….then they moved to another state this week. We know no one here. So, the search for our care when they go over the rainbow bridge is in the ‘air’. Scares our peeps. They are in a quandary as to what to do now…. sigh…
    Stay sweet Stuart….

  7. Piper MacT says:

    Should mom and dad go before I do, Uncle Otto ( my groomer) gets to take care of me, I go there every week to play with my pack, and he takes care of me when they go somewhere I can’t go,

  8. corkscot says:

    Sidney and Shelby will get to live with Auntie Michele and Rocky if anything happens to mom. We had this discussion a long time ago. Mom said that she will haunt her if she doesn’t do a good job.

  9. Mom has talked extensively with Gram and Gramps. She has started working on her will too. Thanks for the reminder though Stuart!

  10. It are smart stuff for da peeps to think bout. I guess I’ll leave my momma to Finley if I go before her, since Finley already thinks dat my momma are hers too (Finley are a momma hog). I guess her and da kitty Travis can share my momma.

  11. fozziemum says:

    Stu our family know what to do and who is looking after the anipals..I saw too many pups and kitties in the shelter I vol’d at that lost their peeps..we had many older peeps who bequested money to the shelter to have their anipal taken care of..they woud be permanently fostered to loving homes and all their treatment taken care of..peeps were screened thoroughly for suitability..during the bad Black Saturday fires we saw many cats and dogs who were saved with injuries though..some never had their peeps come very yes our plans are in place..and I will never subject my babies to a life of illness and pain…when the time comes I will do the right thing by them..not what makes ME feel better…a hard subject but needs to be thought out..every day is uncertain so we must love our anipals like we may not have a to catch the sun with mine now! 🙂 hugs and loves Fozziemum xxx

    • A thoughtful reply. How sad for those anipals whose families never returned. Can you imagine how confused they must be? Sad. Sad. Sad.

      Butt, there are folks yearn for an animal friend and I can’t help but think that’s a match made in heaven.

      Enjoy the sunshine with your furry friends. They, too, will enjoy your company.

      WOOOO Weeee Heeeee!


      • fozziemum says:

        I agree Stu.and yes it was terribly sad…they were there so long as nobody wanted to rehome them for fear their owners were in hospital or just trying to come to terms with the whole horror…but they were rehomed and taken by loving caring peeps who had time and patience to help them become happy anipals again 🙂 loves Fozziemum xx

  12. theguster says:

    Thank you, Stuart, for bringing up a most important subject. Most people don’t consider the ‘what if something should happen…’ part of life but you’ve thought of everything! You are one smart Scottie!
    I will discuss this with my family and make my wishes known – and have the peace of mind that plans have been put in place!

    McDuff & Mom

  13. Mom and dada have made provisions for us and our sister cats in their will – we’ll all go to our Auntie Kym and they’ve left money for our care too. It was top of the list when they went to see their lawyer about drawing the will up.
    Have a grrrreat weekend,
    Wally & Sammy

  14. I am so glad you opened this discussion Stuart. I have indeed planned ahead and after your last post I was wondering if your peeps had too, but I didn’t like to broach the subject. So glad to hear they have and they will have got others thinking about it too. ❤
    Funny thing but a little lady in Australia was cleaning her kitchen this morning and pondering this topic. The internet amazes me sometimes. XX
    Love your posts StuART!

  15. nordhuesn says:

    we are responding a day late (computer problems..) But what you said is very well said.:)

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