Be careful and make plans in writing. An elderly neighbor passed away. Her lifelong companion, an 8 year old Peke was left behind. While she was alive our neighbor repeatedly said she wanted her dog to stay close to home and left instructions that the dog go to her daytime helper and little daughter.
Another neighbor, who is a bully contacted the children of the deceased and said she knew their mother would want her to have the dog. After parading it around the neighborhood to ostensibly show how wonderful she was, the dog quickly became an irritant to her was kept in a crate in the garage and she gave it to a friend of her own daughter. Each time the caretaker who loved the dog (and the dog loved her back) calls to 'visit' the dog the woman who supposedly has the dog goes into a tizzy and they have to 'sneak' the dog back into the condo complex for the visit. She then dispatches the dog back to the friend in a crate.
It's very sad and a reminder that you have to be very specific as to what is really acceptable for your pet and write out who you DON"T want to get your pet.