How to leave a legacy for your pet. Animal companions… your pets… “your children.” Whatever you call them, they are dearly loved family members. Our pets come to us from rescue shelters, from pet stores, from breeders, and from friends and family. Our pets come in all shapes and sizes — from horses to hamsters, from ferrets to felines — they inhabit our hearts with their own unique personalities. They share day-to-day struggles, adventures, special moments and play times with us. We share our homes, our beds and our hearts with our pets.
We worry about our pets, too, just like our children, when they are not with us. They leave us with a legacy of happy memories after they’re gone. Our pets love us unconditionally, help reduce stress and even enhance longevity. For all these reasons and so many more, you should explore all the alternatives for planning for your pet’s future without you and for your future without your pet. This book is for anyone who has ever loved a pet and wondered what he or she would do if their pet were no longer with them or what their pet would do if they were no longer there.
About the Author
PEGGY R. HOYT, JD, MBA, B.C.S.*
Florida Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates
Peggy R. Hoyt is a founding partner of the Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan, a central Florida estate planning firm located in historic Oviedo, Florida. She is the oldest of four girls and grew up with cats and dogs, horses, hamsters, gerbils, fish, lizards and snakes. Peggy has always had a passion for horses. As a teenager, in addition to caring for her own horses, Peggy worked summers as an assistant on Charlie Iler’s Thoroughbred breeding farm. Today, horses are still her life and include BLM mustang rescues, Reno and Tahoe adopted in May 1997 and Premarin rescue, Sierra, adopted in December 2000.
Peggy graduated from Stetson University with her M.B.A. and began her career as a college recruiter for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has also worked as a Financial Consultant for Merrill Lynch, Account Executive for Southern Bell (now Bellsouth) and Chief Financial Officer for Fine Foliage of Florida, Inc. In 1993, she eanred her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. Hoyt & Bryan was founded in 1999. She and her partner, Randy Bryan dedicate their practice to the areas of estate planning (including pets), elder law and estate administration. Both are board certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates.
This was Peggy’s first book. Since then she has authored seven additional estate planning and personal development books. These include the following titles all available on Amazon.com:
- Special People, Special Planning – Creating a Safe Legal Haven for Families with Special Needs
- Loving Without a License – An Estate Planning Survival Guide for Unmarried Couples and Same Sex Partners
- A Matter of Trust – The Importance of Personal Instructions
- Women in Transition – Navigating the Legal and Financial Challenges in Your Life
- Like a Library Burning – Saving and Sharing Stories of a Lifetime
- Thank Everybody for Everything – Grow Your Life and Business with Gratitude
- Gratitude Expressions – a Five Year Gratitude Journal
In addition to her law practice, Peggy is an adjunct professor of Animal Law at Barry University College of Law in Orlando, Florida. She is also a Senior Manager with SendOutCards, an online greeting card creation company teaching the world how to “send out to give.” This is consistent with her personal positive philosophy of “thoughts become things – choose the good ones.”
When Peggy is not meeting with clients, teaching, speaking or writing, you can probably find her with her horses. She and Sierra enjoy competitve trail riding and limited distance endurance. She also enjoys quality time with her dogs (Kira, Corkie, Fawn, Tobie and Leiden), her cats (Beijing, Bangle, Black Jack and Shamu) or her husband, Joe Allen.
Other pets she has loved and lost include: Beau, Bandit, Buddy, Tommy, Tiger and Cuddles