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I have two daughters. I am a life member of two dog clubs. There are rescue organizations in my area. I also have a codicil in my will (which I need to update with more funds)for the care of the dogs. I am no longer breeding, all the girls are neutered. Two of the dogs are older, although corgis can live a long time. But I do not see getting accepted into a retirement home with five dogs.

If I did not have my daughters (and friends), I might have a totally different outlook about my safety and security.

This is the place by me:

There is another one a bit up north that is also upscale and expensive.


Can I be so forward to say that you’re 74 not 94? Those going off to retirement homes have lost faculties that enabled them to live in their own homes so count your present wealth in all those things you can do: bluntly, can you still chew a steak, keep the house up, remember to get kibble, note which plants need care, find some newspaper editorials as junky thinking, wake up in the morning with plans for the day, take the dogs for a walk, enjoy your own company sipping an aperitif while watching it snow outside, get my point?

Now, if you were old, I’d say think about an old-age home but just think about it – you aren’t one step away from packing it all in and toddling off to ‘everyone here exits feet first’. Or, another way, your most comfy chair still has a lot of miles on it. So do you.

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