Thanks for Great Article by Attorney Tami Kamin Meyer

 Recently, Tami Kamin Meyer, an Ohio attorney, writer and regular freelance contributor to many legal blogs and periodicals, was kind enough to contact me to discuss some thoughts on various pet trust issues.

As a result of our conversation, some my views and opinions ended up in her article on pet trusts on the Progressive Law Practice blog.

I appreciate the opportunity that Tami provided and the platform to present some comments for other attorneys to discuss.

Please check out her article and others here,

Thanks again, Tami.

Another Pet Owner Leaves Millions for Her Dog and Other Animals

Muriel Siebert was the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

She recently died and left a gift in her will of $100,000 to a friend, to care for her Chihuahua.

In addition, she devised many millions of dollars for the “humane support of animals.”

According to her will probated in New York, she left nearly $50 million to the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, which “supports the furtherance of education in personal financial literacy and the humane support of animals,” specifically animals “owned by the elderly who are financially challenged.”

Good for her and good for the animals.


My Dog Is Thunderstruck

My wife Connie recently posted this on her blog.

The Florida summer thunderstorms have brought a surprise along with all the rain …. our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Anna, has suddenly developed a fear of thunder and lightning. This is a new phenomenon for her and therefore for us. She is 7 and 3/4 years old, but this is the first summer that she has exhibited this terror. She was panting, running around the house and basically beside herself as the storms banged and the lightening flashed in the wee hours. Finally around 5:00 A.M., I took her outside for quick relief and she seemed a little calmer, played in the puddles of water and settled down a little bit, that is until another round of storms came through the area.

Any reader have a possible reason for this new strange behavior and any solutions to this new problem?


What is Canine Companions?

I recently received this inquiry on the blog page;

What do you know about Canine Companions?

I believe that they are one of the largest training organizations for service animals in the world.

According to their web site, “Canine Companions for Independence is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.”

I recently became aware of their activities to fight the illegitimate use of dogs to “qualify “as service animals in order that their owners can take their pets on planes and into otherwise restricted retail areas.

They are petitioning the Department of Justice to crack down on fake service animal credentials and props.

You may visit their website here for further information.


Miami Pets' Trust



I have previously posted about the Miami Pets’ Trust. Last year in a straw vote almost 500,000 citizens agreed to tax themselves to provide almost $20 million dollars for funding high-volume sterilization clinics responsible pet-ownership education; grants to non-profit rescues; increased adoption and fostering according to the Miami Herald.

However, in a stunning turn of events, the Miami Dade County Commissioners decided not to follow the voter’s choice and denied the tax implementation.

The Miami Pets’ Trust heralded by some as a model for other communities nationwide, vowed to continue the fight for the tax program.


What is A Green Burial For My Pet?

I have recently heard the term “green burial” for my pet, can you explain what this entails?


Generally speaking, a green burial involves a cemetery that does not allow the use of non-wooden caskets or burial vaults and does not accept embalmed bodies.

I am only familiar with one green facility in the State of Florida that allow pets to be buried with the owners and that is Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery outside of Gainesville.


Florida Legislation Supports Statewide Spay and Neutering?

Based upon the success of Pets’ Trust Miami, a Florida legislator has introduced a proposal to allow voters in each county the opportunity to support a separate property tax on real estate in order to pay for spay and neuter programs for local animals

Sen. Gwen Margolis’ bill seeks to reduce the population of unwanted animals in Florida communities.

The proposal is called “Pet Services and Welfare Programs.” 


Taxidermy For Your Pet?

A client recently asked me if I could recommend a taxidermist for her dog. She had a friend in California who utilized this service upon the death of his cat.

I must admit that I have never thought of this process.

Now that I have, it seems to me to be pretty disgusting.

When the time is appropriate, I would rather remember her life and smile about my dog.

Thinking about all of her crazy actions and her own idiosyncrasies.

I do not want my dog to be hanging around as a stuffed doll.

Planning For Veterinary Costs

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation released its 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook.

The book is filled with interesting statistics on animals in the United States.

The book states that the total of veterinary expenditures for all pets increased to $28 billion during 2011 and that the average expenditure for this care, per household for all pets, was $375.

At year-end 2011, the report reveals that 56 percent of all U.S. households were home to a pet and that Vermont leads all states in ownership, with more than two-thirds of Vermonters owning at least one pet.

 For information on ordering this book visit their site at


Merry Christmas

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all...


Hug your family and your pets...


Enjoy the day.