No heaven will not ever heaven be
Unless my cats are there to welcome me.
Twain (1835 - 1910)
Although my cat companions join me in city life, I also love dogs. I grew
up on a large Angus cattle farm and Border Collies tended the herd. They were intelligent, loyal, playful and endlessly affectionate.
I have had the privilege of knowing cats, dogs, horses, sheep, goats, cows, donkeys, mules, ducks, chickens, parakeets and
rabbits. And so, to all creatures great and small, I say thank you for enriching my life. I'll see you again on the Rainbow
It is common to deeply grieve the death of a beloved companion
animal, yet this type of pain is often minimized or overlooked by others. If you know someone who is grieving the death of a pet, please consider sending card or a simple note
For more supportive ideas, read
these articles by author and grief counselor Marty Tousley:
Helping Another with Pet Loss
Helping a Child with Pet Loss
Helping Seniors with Pet Loss
My use of the word pet:
The noun pet comes from the Middle English word pety meaning small, trivial or
insignificant. For centuries, pets were considered inferior to humans. For this reason, some animal rights activists suggest
that we eliminate the word pet from our vocabulary and use the phrase companion animal instead. But pet
can also mean cherished, beloved and favored. It is in this sense of love and respect that I use the word here.
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